Sep 17, 2020

Professional Development Specialist - Home Health/Hospice/Ambulatory

  • Virginia Mason Memorial
  • Yakima, WA, USA

Job Description


The Nursing Professional Development Specialist for our Home Health/Hospice/Ambulatory Departments performs as a facilitator of learning, change agent, mentor, leader, champion for scientific inquiry, and a partner for practice transition. Uses tools, theories, skills and knowledge of the Nursing Professional Development specialty to improve the healthcare practice of learners. Supports licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel in onboarding, orientation, ongoing competency, and role development. Facilitates collaborative partnership and promotes evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives. Carries out all responsibilities in alignment with the current Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice.


  1. Supports the process of hiring, orienting socializing, and integrating an employee to the organization with a focus on retention and growth.
  2. Facilitates orientation of licensed and unlicensed healthcare personnel during onboarding and when changes in roles, responsibilities, and practice settings occur.
  3. Functions as a primary instructor for clinical orientation.
  4. Provides education programming to address identified practice gaps, which may include licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel.
  5. Facilitates activities to achieve specific outcomes related to specific identified deficits or opportunities for improvement in knowledge, skills, or practice.
  6. Supports ongoing assessment and evaluation of the skills, knowledge, abilities, and judgment of licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel.
  7. Documents and supports competency, and addresses competency deficits in staff members and teams.
  8. Creates opportunities for feedback and evaluation of the effectiveness of the educational content, teaching strategies and the learning environment.
  9. Supports learner role transition, role integration, skill acquisition and mastery, as learners advance from novice to expert in their profession and specialties in alignment with Virginia Mason Memorial’s Professional Practice Model.
  10. Uses current research findings and other evidence to expand learner knowledge, role performance and increase learner awareness of professional issues.
  11. Partners with individuals, groups, and/or organizations to share expertise in planning and decision-making to achieve common goals.
  12. Within collaborative partnerships may teach, coordinate, serve as liaison, and advise others concerning education and learning.
  13. Promotes and facilitates evidence-based practice (EBP) and/or quality improvement (QI) activities.
  14. Promotes and integrates the science of the Nursing Professional Development specialty to continuously improve his/her practice.
  15. Works variable day/evening/nights, weekday/weekends based on the needs of the organization.


Education: Washington State (DOH) Registered Nurse licensure required. Bachelor’s degree in related field required, BSN preferred.

Experience: Minimum of three years of nursing experience required. Prior experience as an educator and relevant clinical experience preferred. Home Health and Hospice experience preferred. Excellent communication, group facilitation and presentation skills required.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration: Certification in Nursing Professional Development is required within two years of hire. Certification in nursing clinical specialty area is preferred. The incumbent must have knowledge of the VMM Production System and Lean principles or obtain such knowledge within one year of hire.

About Us:

Virginia Mason Memorial, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is made up of a 226-bed hospital as well as 20+ primary care and specialty care practices/services. We are a nonprofit community hospital that has served Central Washington's Yakima Valley for more than 60 years. We are seeking remarkable employees with a passion for patients and customer service to add to our growing team!

We offer a two-tier benefit plan including medical, dental, vision coverage, plus a generous 401K plan (with matching!), life insurance options, competitive compensation, an employee wellness clinic and leadership development and education.

Why do we do what we do? As the region's leading health care provider and Yakima's largest employer, we believe that by improving health, we can transform Yakima! Our vision is to "create healthy communities one person at a time." This means that each member of our award-winning team works to provide our patients, and their families, with the best medical and individual care possible. We work together to demonstrate our values of Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Stewardship, and Innovation for everyone who walks through our doors, patients and coworkers alike. We would love to hear from you!

"Virginia Mason Memorial provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals in order to perform the essential duties/requirements their job requires. The description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements and serves as merely a summary rather than a complete listing of duties. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as needs evolve. This job description does not constitute a contract as employment is at will."