Clinical Education Specialist Cardiothoracic Critical Care

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

The Cardiothoracic Critical Care Clinical Education Specialist is a critical care leader, innovator, and change agent who assesses, develops, implements and evaluates educational programs and projects that support and improve the provision patient care.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


  • Assesses, designs, facilitates, implements and evaluates aspects of the professional and clinical development of nursing staff through education, competence, programs, and projects which support the goals and objectives of the Critical Care Division under the direction of the lead educator.
  • Demonstrates expertise in cardiac/cardiothoracic/cardiovascular clinical practice.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills through the coordination, training, and competence assessment activities within the Critical Care Division.
  • Conducts the orientation, education, competence, and training activities for the Cardiothoracic Critical Care and Acute Care areas.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to develop and implement education and training activities associated with new technologies, procedures, and other patient care-related activities congruent with the objectives of the Critical Care Division.
  • Demonstrates expertise in the teaching/learning process.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, assesses staff performance, and facilitates implementation of new practices in patient care. 
  • Assesses learning needs of staff and provides opportunities to enhance ongoing education and development through mentoring, teaching and clinical support.
  • Identifies, develops and/or provides clinical experiences to support the learning of new and current nursing personnel.
  • Assists unit leadership with the coordination, scheduling and evaluation of unit-based
  • orientation for new employees.
  • Utilizes research to support and advance nursing practice, enhance an integrated approach to care, and improve patient care outcomes.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates standards of care throughout the illness/wellness continuum by gathering evidence-based information related to advances in clinical practice and making recommendations for change..
  • Chairs or serves on assigned committees.
  • Functions as a project leader, consultant, and mentor.


Sit up to 2 hours per day; 1 hour at a time.  Stand for up to 6 hours per day; 3 hours at a time.  Walk 6 hours per day; 20 minutes at a time.  Frequently use hands and fingers.  Consistently lift, carry and push objects up to 50 lbs.  Transport patients weighing up to 250 lbs. via wheelchair, bed, and/or stretcher.  Frequently stoop and bend.  Frequently reach above shoulder level.  Must be able to perceive attributes of an object through touch.  Must be able to hear as it relates to normal conversation, and high and low frequencies.  Must be able to see as it relates to general, near, far, color and peripheral vision. 



Graduate of recognized RN program. Bachelors degree required. Masters degree in Nursing or completion expected within 18-24 months.


Five years direct clinical experience in cardiac/cardiothoracic/cardiovascular patient care including open heart and thoracic surgery at the critical care level in an acute healthcare setting; clinical experience should be current. Demonstrated leadership skills in the clinical environment. Current experience providing professional staff development, education, and competence assessment in the area of cardiac/cardiothoracic/cardiovascular care at the unit or facility level desirable. Demonstrated success as a nurse preceptor. Works well in a changing environment. Challenged by work diversification. Specialty certification (i.e. CCRN or CCNS) required or attained within 1 year. BLS and ACLS instructor status required within 2 years.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full time schedule in education position 40 hours per week; requires partial nightshift and periodic weekend coverage

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address.  Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer.  Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable.  It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application.  Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full time
Salary Range
$62,000.00 - 95,000.00
per Year
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Bethlehem, PA 18020, US
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