About Westfield State University: In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
The Staff Associate, Clinical Placement Coordinator, receives direct supervision from the Dean of Faculty, Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Nursing Department Chair
Supervision Exercised: None
General Statement of Duties:
In consultation with the Nursing Department Chair and faculty, the Clinical Placement Coordinator is responsible for negotiating and arranging clinical experiences which meet the educational requirements for students in all programs within the Nursing Department.
The Coordinator acts as a liaison to match the needs of students and instructors to agencies with appropriate learning experiences. The Coordinator is responsible for maintaining positive working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts with the University. The Coordinator operates from an understanding of the organizational environments where nurses practice.
The Coordinator arranges clinical placements in a variety of settings (e.g. hospitals, non-profit agencies, public health departments, community health settings, schools, day cares, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, corporations), across Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, northern Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire for both undergraduate BSN and the RN to BSN program, as well as any future graduate program if needed.
Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but not limited to:
Collaborates with nursing faculty, and takes direction from Chair to determine appropriate clinical placement experiences for students.
Supervise progress and completion of the educational requirements for clinical experiences for nursing students.
Researches and contacts appropriate agencies that would meet the identified educational requirements for nursing students.
Arranges clinical placements for the Department of Nursing.
Assists faculty in evaluation process of clinical experiences
Reviews and compiles written evaluations of clinical placements in consultation with faculty.
Assists with the collection and analysis of outcome data for the practicum component of nursing programs.
Attends and participates in new student orientation.
Assists the Department chair in recruiting adjunct faculty in the clinical setting.
Assures compliance with regulatory agency, clinical agency, and accreditation requirements.
Assures students are in compliance with health standards with Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements.
Manages and maintains clinical program data for accreditation.
Collects, organizes, and disseminates clinical information to students and faculty as required.
Coordinates student and faculty drug testing and Criminal Offender Record Investigation and any other required testing for health care organizations.
Collaborates with clinical placement agencies to procure and maintain clinical placement sites.
Establishes and maintains relationships with representatives of the agencies in which students are placed to maintain a variety of clinical practice sites for nursing students.
Communicates with placement agencies regarding plans for student placements (dates, student numbers, etc.).
Initiates the contracts required between the educational institution and the clinical agency.
Uses the Centralized Clinical Placement system for student clinical placements.
Communicates with other clinical placement coordinators to optimize the use of clinical resources.
Attends Centralized Clinical Placement meetings and meetings at clinical agencies as required.
Promotes positive working relationships with clinical placement agencies and other institutions.
Maintains accurate records regarding clinical placements in a database.
Maintains up-to-date inventory of potential clinical placement sites.
Participates in writing self-study report for accreditation and adheres to BORN regulations.
Proficient in computer skills including Word, Excel.
Two (2) years recent experience in healthcare or academic settings preferred.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to manage multiple items and tasks set by fast-paced environment.
Able to work independently with minimum supervision.
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrates effective problem-solving skills.
Additional Information: Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
Application Instructions: An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
Contact information for three references *
Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree
* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.
Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected.
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us. Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.