Professional Development Specialist - Children's Services

Professional - Clinical Kirkland, Washington

Department: Education
Job Type: Full-Time Shift: Day
Hours/Week: 40
Req: 45518


The Nursing Professional Development Specialist (PDS) applies technological and information management skills in all aspects of their practice. They are learning facilitators, change agents, mentors, leaders, champions for Scientific Inquiry, advocates for the NPD Specialty and partners for practice transitions. They support licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel in onboarding, orientation, ongoing competency, and role development.  The PDS utilizes evidence-based practice to standardize care, align policies and procedures, set the standard for patient care.  They carry out all responsibilities in alignment with the current Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice.  Designs and analyzes tools, theories, skills and knowledge within the specialty to improve the healthcare practice of learners. 


Primary Duties:

  1. Facilitates learning in educational activities in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.
  2. Acts as a change agent for planned and unplanned implementations practice, standards, equipment, and workflow.
  3. Serves as a mentor within and outside the organizations, formal and/or informal in their area of specialty.
  4. Leads by identifying learning gaps, designing, implementing, and managing programs to address learning needs, and evaluating learner’s performance and activities.
  5. Acts as a role model, develops trusting relationships with staff and stakeholders, and functions as a resource in their identified specialty.
  6. Advocates for and guides stakeholders through the scientific inquiry process, emphasizing the need for EBP as a form of clinical excellence; connecting organizational staff and leadership to subject matter experts to advance the science of nursing.
  7. Organizes, implements, and evaluates programs that develop staff from student through expert, supporting the organization’s goals and objectives and addressing regulatory standards.
  8. Supports quality assessment and improvement initiatives and processes utilizing evidence-based practice.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • License, Certification, Education or Experience:

REQUIRED for the position:

  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Master’s degree in nursing.
  • 3 years of recent professional RN experience with a minimum of 2 years of experience in NICU or high level of Pediatric care
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in teaching adult learners in a clinical setting or similar experience.
  • Experience in presentation/training of clinical skills, new technology, equipment, patient care, and standards of care or similar experience.
  • Current Healthcare BLS Provider certification by date of hire.
  • Certification in Nursing Professional Development or certification in nursing specialty.

DESIRED for the position:

  • Prior experience as an educator and relevant clinical experience.
  • Experience with Learning Management System and creating web-based training.