Nursing Laboratory Coordinator

Rank: Administrator IV
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Job Posted: June 16, 2022

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

The lab coordinator manages the physical environment and instructional materials for the nursing laboratory learning experiences at undergraduate and graduate level. The position includes communication with course instructors; coordination among course sections; supervision of lab assistants/technicians; designing, directing and evaluating the implementation of laboratory learning activities, such as nursing interventions, health assessment, open lab and remediation; designs, directs, and evaluates the implementation of all evidence-based simulation activities in lab courses in coordination with Simulation Coordinators; and contributes to other projects and events under the direction of the Director of Clinical Education and Department Chair.

Position Responsibilities

Working collaboratively with faculty and staff, manages all activities related to the laboratory learning experiences, including designing lab and simulation scenarios, coordinating implementation of learning experiences, overseeing the scheduling and space allocation, preparing any oral or written reports and collaborating on budget allocations for laboratory experiences at graduate and undergraduate level.

Works with Director of Clinical Education, Department Chair, and Simulation Coordinators and other members of the nursing faculty to develop the strategic direction for expanding laboratory experiences including the use of simulation learning opportunities.

Serves as the lead coordinator for the laboratory portion of Evidence-Based Nursing Interventions course.

Consults with, advises, and instructs faculty with the development, use, and evaluation of laboratory activities. Facilitates the integration of course and program objectives into the laboratory activities.

Tracks student and faculty evaluation data in coordination with program directors and Quality Improvement Initiatives. Ensures laboratory and simulation evaluation data is collected for all undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses/SIM activities. Collaborates with the Director, of Assessment, Quality Improvement, and Curriculum Development to ensure laboratory and simulation evaluation data is assessed per SCSU School of Nursing and QIC procedures.

Develops instructional orientation materials for faculty, students, and lab assistants/technicians. Orients and supervises lab assistants/technicians, including any technology integrated into labs as well as directing the organization and set-up of laboratory materials.

Creates and maintains an atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism and ensures student and faculty confidentiality in the Laboratory Center.

Develops and maintains a database to track inventory of laboratory and open lab scenarios, including required set-up, equipment, and tools.

Ensures the laboratory areas are maintained in a well-organized, safe, and hygienic manner for student and faculty use.

Maintains currency in evidence-based practice interventions, nursing care, and medical equipment to ensure the learning laboratory and simulation facilities are current with professional nursing practice and healthcare facilities’ standards of practice.

Designs, publicizes, implements, and evaluates periodic clinical skill review sessions for undergraduate nursing students. Supports open lab hours for students needing review and practice of clinical skills.

Consults with the undergraduate and graduate Program Directors and the Laboratory Manager to identify and schedule students returning from absences for makeups and/or validation time in the laboratory as needed.

Serves as a liaison, in collaboration with Lab Technician, for external vendors regarding new laboratory or simulation equipment.

Oversees the work of the laboratory technician, i.e., ordering and setting up necessary equipment; implementing internal scheduling systems for use of Learning Resource Center, laboratory, and simulation experiences; maintaining department equipment inventory in coordination with University Inventory Control office; coordinating with Facilities Operations for renovations, repairs or upgrades to physical space.

Contributes annually to the departments’ Open House, adjunct faculty orientation, new student orientation and other events as time permits.

Meets with Director of Clinical Education and Department Chair to review and plan projects, capital expenditure requests and other fiscal matters.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those described above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Qualifications

Licensure as a Registered Nurse in CT; master’s degree in nursing; minimum of two years of clinical nursing experience; and experience with simulation-based technology, pedagogy and operations.

Recent knowledge of clinical nursing care, strong communication skills and abilities to work with diverse learners, ability to work with new technology and software, strong written communication skills, organizational skills, ability to lift and transport mannequins and other related equipment. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.

Application

For full consideration, please submit a cover letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Alisa St. Georges at StgeorgesA1@southernct.edu by July 15, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

 

Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.