Clinical Educator – Nursing, Emergency Department (St. Michael's Hospital)

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Reporting to the Senior Clinical Program Director - ED & Medicine the Clinical Educator - Nursing serves as a role model and leader to support nursing care that optimizes patient outcomes and experiences while enhancing the safety, efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of patient care by:

  • Planning, implementing and evaluating education for nursing and the inter-professional team
  • Being change agents and roles models that advocate for and create learning/education environments that enhance clinical and professional practice and life-long learning
  • Working with other nurse leaders to support the development of nursing staff including participation in nursing and corporate education and other initiatives
  • Collaborating with inter-professional teams and external partners to influence and advance best practices in education and evidence based nursing practice 


The primary role of the Clinical Educator - Nursing is to facilitate a learning environment where evidence-based knowledge is translated via education to optimize the patient's outcomes and experiences. This includes developing educational plans and activities aimed at improving nursing/clinical knowledge, skills and competencies and in collaboration with others, supporting the ongoing professional development of unit/program staff. 

The Clinical Nurse Educator has 3 main areas of responsibility.


  • Education and staff development, particularly in relation to nurses
  • Assess learning needs and styles of nursing staff
  • Design and deliver education that is tailored to specific needs of unit/program
  • Incorporates evidence, best practices, and relevant research findings
  • Incorporates inter-professional core competencies where applicable
  • Incorporates best practices in education
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of education, revises education and learning activities to support changes
  • Provides timely feedback to nursing staff on their learning and application to their practice competence
  • Demonstrates Professional Standards and guidelines 


  • Collaborates and participates with Professional Practice to identify and support Corporate nursing initiatives
  • Engages members of the intra and interdisciplinary team, management team, Professional Practice and across hospital departments in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating Corporate and other educational initiatives 
  • Participates in the hospital's network of Clinical Educators - Nursing  and works with other Clinical Educator - Nursing colleagues
  • Collaborates with the hospital's Student Centre, Patient Care Managers/Clinical Leader Managers to facilitate nursing student placements
  • Collaborates with Patient Care Managers(if posting is intended for St. Joseph's or Providence sites) /Clinical Leader Managers (if posting is intended for St. Michael's site) in interviewing, hiring and contributing to the evaluation of nursing staff
  • Participates in hospital and corporate committees and other groups to represent the Educator perspective and serves as a bridge to the unit/program and Clinical Educator - Nursing Network by disseminating committee information and decisions

    Research and Quality Improvement: 

  • Participates in research projects that contribute to nursing and/or interprofessional practice and education pertaining to their unit/program and the Corporation
  • Supports and participates in the implementation of evidence based practice  (best practice guidelines and other forms of evidence) and quality improvement initiatives on unit/in programs including Corporate initiatives 

  • Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the General Class
  • Master's degree in nursing or education, required
  • CNA certification in Emergency Nursing an asset
  • Completion of a Basic Cardiac Life Support (B.C.L.S.) program, Level II: Basic Rescuer certification, required
  • ATCN/TNCC, ACLS, Coronary Care 1,2 and CTAS Triage training up to date preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant Emergency Department experience
  • Previous experience as a Clinical Educator, expert practitioner or adult education instructor in the Emergency Department preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with nurses and interprofessional teams to improve patient care and outcomes
  • Strong leadership, organizational and communication skills (writing, active listening, conflict resolution, ability to inspire others, delegation, mentoring, coaching, goal setting etc.)
  • Proven success in providing inspirational leadership in a team environment and in motivating and enhancing performance of team members
  • Demonstrated leadership in committee work, education, quality improvement, and knowledge translation initiatives
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Proven commitment to Patient and Family Centered Care
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Unity Health Toronto
  • Must have an excellent attendance record