PIH Health developed a Work Embedded Program in partnership with Cerritos College Nursing Program to train a group of PIH Health employees to become Registered Nurses (RN). Part of this partnership is for PIH Health to employ a Nursing Instructor to work full-time at Cerritos College during the academic year.
The Nursing Instructor embraces the mission and philosophy of PIH Health and Cerritos College while possessing the knowledge, skills, and ability to work closely with other faculty, the college campus community, and affiliating health agencies to provide the best educational experience for the student body. In this position, the teaching assignment will include didactic and clinical instruction in the Associate Degree Nursing program, including instruction in the Simulation Skills Lab and in a variety of medical- surgical, geriatric, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric/mental health, and community-based settings. The candidate must be able to teach a variety of courses across the nursing curriculum depending on their clinical background, experience, and area of expertise, and may need to demonstrate flexibility with courses during the day, in the evenings, and/or on weekends. This position must be comfortable teaching in person, online, and in a hybrid format. Strong classroom and clinical teaching skills are a must. The position will be working on teaching teams and must demonstrate strong teamwork, excellent communication patterns, accountability, flexibility, initiative, and emotional intelligence. Responsibilities will include instruction, development of curriculum, advising students, mentoring, participation in department and campus committees, meeting regularly with faculty and division members, working on faculty development, and assisting in accreditation self-study reviews.
The Nursing Instructor responsibilities at Cerritos College are during the academic year (10 months, mid-August, to mid-May). This position will work at PIH Health when classes are not in session (2 months). Job duties at PIH Health during this time depend on the organization’s needs and employee’s qualifications.
Cerritos College Profile:
Equity and Diversity
The district is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal opportunity employment. The district encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs, and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu.
The Cerritos College Associate Degree Nursing Program is housed in the Health Occupations Division of Cerritos College, a single college district in the California Community College system. The four-semester program offers didactic and clinical coursework which leads to an Associate Degree in Nursing and qualifies the graduate for the California state board licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). The program has full state accreditation through the Board of Registered Nursing and has had for over 60 years. The program also holds full national accreditation with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program meets or exceeds program goals/outcomes for completion rates, licensing rates, and employment rates. Through a competitive application process, the program admits 80 students a year, for a total of 160 students in the program at any given time. The Cerritos College program mission and philosophy is to prepare entry-level practicing nurses who can meet the needs of a diverse population in an ever-changing health care environment. Nursing is defined as a science, discipline, and health care practice that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients having health problems within the domain of nursing. The goals of nursing practice focus on health promotion, illness prevention, rehabilitation, and supporting the resources of the person who is ill or threatened with illness in adapting to changes within the environment. The program is designed to offer students the opportunity to prepare for a nursing career through mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of safe and effective patient care.
The program embraces the diversity of culture, linguistic, and philosophical differences represented in the student body. The program is sensitive to the cultural practices and contributions that are unique to the individuals and groups represented on the campus and in the community. Nursing Faculty are committed to quality nursing education that reflects the development/improvement of teaching/learning strategies using innovative approaches, evidence-based research, and best practices. Nursing education is viewed as a collaborative process involving the college community, nursing faculty, nursing student body, and affiliating community health agencies. Course experiences are designed to encourage active discussion, sharing, inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and the application of nursing process in order to prepare the student to provide high quality nursing care to a variety of clients in the healthcare system.
PIH Health is a nonprofit, regional healthcare network that serves approximately 3 million residents in the Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley region. The fully integrated network is comprised of PIH Health Downey Hospital, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital, PIH Health Whittier Hospital, 37 outpatient medical office buildings, a multispecialty medical (physician) group, home healthcare services and hospice care, as well as heart, cancer, digestive health, orthopedics, women’s health, urgent care and emergency services. The organization is nationally recognized for excellence in patient care and patient experience, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has identified PIH Health as one of the nation’s top hospital systems for best practices, cutting-edge advancements, quality of care and healthcare technology. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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