Director, Simulation Center and CNA Program

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7211178 (Ref.No. 4963925)
Posted: January 26, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Type
Saint Mary's College invites applications for a full-time position as the Simulation and CNA Director starting Spring 2024. The Simulation and CNA program Director candidate must be Board approved to teach Medical Surgical and Geriatric courses. The position has the option of tenure-track upon successful program launch.

Under the supervision of the Director of Nursing, the Simulation Director will co-create the “Saint Mary's Clinical Simulation Center” based on Maria O'Rourke's Professional Role Model utilizing evidence-based practice and standardized tools for training purposes. The Simulation Director will be responsible for creating, designing and assessing the curriculum for the simulation center.

The School of Nursing Simulation Center provides students with the opportunity to translate theoretical knowledge into a safe clinical experience using realistic patient scenarios. The Center provides students with “real-life” experiences, enhancing their confidence and providing real-time human and technological feedback about the development of their practice assessment, diagnostic skills, and communication techniques. The work of the Director is integral to the Center's success and vital to the school's mission and strategic goals in educating healthcare professionals to provide the best possible healthcare and preparing future leaders to improve health.

This individual will provide leadership and coordination to ensure activities are designed to foster student success with supportive teaching methods. The Director will ensure evidence-based practice and professional roles are incorporated both in meeting patient care needs and student learning outcomes. The Director, in collaboration with course faculty, develops and ensures the quality of simulation (low, medium, and high fidelity), that supports the evaluation of student competencies. The Director will also oversee and manage the Certificate Nursing Program and BSN/ASN faculty as well as hosting continuing nursing education programs.

Institutional /

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's College of California (Saint Mary's) is a comprehensive university, grounded in the liberal arts, Catholic, and Lasallian traditions in addition to being a vibrant and inclusive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that engages the intellect and the spirit with exceptional academics. Saint Mary's was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and remains a living legacy of the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. We provide an education that changes lives and inspires the desire to find one's calling in a world in need of transformation. Saint Mary's invites students to passionately embrace knowledge, the challenges of scholarship, and their capacity to make lasting changes in the world. We are an institution made up of committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction with practices and policies that reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected, and supported.
  • Master's in Nursing
  • Approved by the Board of Registered Nurses to teach medical surgical and geriatrics courses
  • Current and unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the state of California
  • Three years of continuous experience as a registered nurse providing direct patient care within the last five years
  • Previous management experience required
  • Demonstrated experience developing, managing, and evaluating simulation activities, curriculum, or programs.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching successfully at the undergraduate level with specific experience in medical surgical and geriatrics classes.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse student body, staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • Experience in using computers and other technologies for teaching and learning.

All nursing faculty at Saint Mary's College practice using Maria O'Rourke's Professional role model with the primary Professional Role obligation to “do no harm”. Within this role, we are expected to be leaders/decision-makers, practitioners, and scientists and to transfer knowledge. As a director, you are expected to ensure faculty practice our professional role obligations and that we train our students in a manner that promotes their understanding of their role and helps with role clarity. The Simulation director will integrate role clarity as a concept when training faculty and creating scenarios or activities within the simulation center. The director will be responsible for ensuring role-driven practice is used as the framework for all activities.

Responsibilities of the Simulation Center Director

Curriculum and Program Development
  • Curriculum design and center development that is based in educational theory, evidence-based teaching, and clinical practices, including creating student assessment protocols.
  • Curriculum design and center development that is student-centered and integrates different pedagogies that support the diverse learning needs of the student population.
  • Incorporates Maria' O'Rourke's Professional role model and philosophy of “Do no Harm” in all activities and focuses on assisting students in establishing Role Identity
  • Maintains and enhances competence in subjects to be taught.
  • Confers with colleagues to ensure the integrity of the courses across programs and the curriculum as a whole
  • Conducts and participates in tours of the Simulation Center
  • Creates strategic partnerships with community agencies, local healthcare organizations, and professional associations to promote the Simulation Center.

Simulation-Based Education and Academic Support Responsibilities
  • Uses research findings and educational strategies related to clinical simulation, nursing, and healthcare as a basis for clinical education.
  • Participates in the application of learning strategies used in clinical simulation and learning which includes, but not limited to developing and implementing a skills remediation program for students, assuring access to scheduled, supervised practice sessions, and assisting the development, enhancement, and implantation of a standardized patient program.
  • Serves as a resource to faculty in the development and evaluation of educational materials and the integration of simulation into the nursing curriculum.
  • Assists faculty in identifying new concepts, techniques, and materials and incorporates these into the Center as appropriate.
  • Provides orientation to Simulation Center users regarding behavioral expectations, performance standards, and appropriate safety measures.

Simulation Center Management
  • Provides a professional and evidence-based learning environment for faculty and students.
  • Monitors budget and reports variances to the School of Nursing Director
  • Conducts orientation programs for newly hired staff and students.
  • Manages assigned staff, including assignments, scheduling, training, remediation, and evaluation.
  • Oversees day to day operations of the Center
  • Oversees purchasing/inventory/equipment maintenance effective equipment for student use.
  • Coordinates the evaluation of software and equipment and recommends repair, replacement, rental, and/or purchase.
  • Maintains federal safety standards with regard to the use of equipment and hazardous waste.
  • Oversees, participates in, and contributes to a safe learning environment, keeps current with safety regulations, provides training and enforcement of safety regulation policies and procedures; inspects and maintains safety equipment; ensures safe storage, collection, and safe disposal of hazardous waste/materials, including medications.
  • Oversees RNs working within the center with one RN direct report and Simulation tech.

Nursing faculty are required to provide service on School of Nursing Committees, College-wide Committees, and other committees and task forces as needed. The Director Professional service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the College, the nursing profession, and the community. Service consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission, and strategic priorities of the College, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups among the community of interest, or the professional growth of faculty.

Application Instructions

1) A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College.

2) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3) A DEI statement articulating your knowledge of, track record in, and plans for working with diverse students and enhancing equity and inclusion on campus. You may discuss how research, teaching, and/or service has provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of history marginalization.

4) Statement of teaching philosophy (include discussion of classes taught)

5) Research Statement

6) Two letters of reference

Salary Description $121,145 - $157,343 commensurate with experience

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