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Graduate Nursing Clinical Placement Specialist

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: CNHS - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 30
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) Graduate Nursing Clinical Placement Specialist works with all aspects of placing students in clinical learning experiences for Master’s, Post Master’s Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate nursing programs. The incumbent will work directly with the Graduate Program Director (GPD), coordinators, faculty, and program assistants to obtain clinical experiences and to develop clinical partners.  The incumbent will also collaborate with the above and Clinical and Internship Placement Office (CIPO) colleagues to evaluate the efficacy of placement experiences and student success. The Graduate Nursing Clinical Placement Specialist, an integral member of CIPO, will be cross-trained to assist other CIPO staff to ensure that contracts between the University and clinical placement agencies are completed in a timely manner and that students are in compliance with working agreement stipulations regarding all clinical clearance requirements. The Graduate Nursing Clinical Placement Specialist reports to and is directly supervised by the CIPO Supervisor.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Collaborate with the Graduate Program Director, CIPO, faculty, and coordinators to develop, evaluate and refine a placement process for Master’s, Post Master’s Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice nursing clinical experiences;
  • Collaborate with CIPO colleagues  and program assistants to implement a timeline for communicating agency-specific requirements to students such as additional health requirements, background requirements, site-specific forms, orientations, computer classes, completion of training modules within the Centralized Clinical Placement (CCP) or other software developed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and out-of-state requirements;
  • Collaborate directly with the Graduate Program Director, faculty and coordinators to secure advanced level placements in clinical education experiences deemed appropriate by the program;
  • Establish and maintain working partnerships with agency liaison personnel for the purpose of requesting, securing, and communicating student placements and preceptorships within CCP or other software, and to remain up to date on agency changes that would affect placements (e.g. reorganization, personnel changes, mergers, unit closing etc.);
  • Utilize CNHS database InPlace Solutions to record, maintain, and communicate placement details and clearance status to graduate program faculty, staff, and students;
  • Take the lead role in developing and updating coaching tutorials for students in order for them to successfully use placement software;
  • Report all contractual and clinical information, including but not limited to, health, CORI, agency evaluations, clinical incidents, and other required public information, to appropriate CIPO staff, Supervisor, GP, faculty or staff, and to clinical, state, and regulatory agencies as required;
  • Collaborate with various CNHS staff and faculty to maintain and appropriately disseminate data about student progress towards successful placement;
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the preceptor and placement site in terms of meeting course and program outcomes and certification requirements with recommendations to the GPD and faculty regarding the continuing use of the site for future placements;
  • Advise the CIPO supervisor, InPlace Solutions, or similar software stakeholders concerning upgrades and future development needs of the database to meet changing clinical placement requirements, and/or administrative needs;
  • Contribute summaries of data and evaluations for accreditation, certification reports, and the CNHS annual report;
  • Attend agency meetings in the role of the CNHS clinical placement liaison focusing on graduate programs and as a representative of CIPO;
  • Participate in relevant CNHS meetings and functions including Information and Orientation Sessions and appropriate program meetings and retreats;
  • Participate in the collection of evaluation data from agencies, faculty, and students for the purposes of quality improvement and site suitability;
  • As requested by CIPO Supervisor, may assist in the establishment and maintenance of agency affiliation agreements;
  • As requested by the CIPO Supervisor, may assist in the collection, maintenance and recording of all student information about clinical clearances, including but not limited to, current health and criminal background check requirements processed  into the CNHS databases, background check systems, and student files;
  • Serve as the first-line interface between CIPO and graduate students regarding clinical placements, and respond to such inquiries in a timely manner;
  • Perform responsibilities according to time frames developed collaboratively with all relevant participants;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor's Degree required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse licensure or equivalence of one to three years of work experience in a health care setting that serves as a site for higher education clinical and/or preceptorships is preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software systems;
  • Ability to analyze data and other information utilizing and maintaining spreadsheets and databases;
  • Ability to access and enter data from information management systems and student information systems accurately;
  • Ability to develop processes and policies that foster the development of effective placement relationships, and the efficient and economical task management;
  • Ability to incorporate the various requirements of licensure for graduate nursing programs into placement processes and procedures;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative setting with diverse constituencies;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and remain highly organized;
  • Ability to prepare written reports, correspondence, and recommendations;
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently;
  • Ability to work under pressure and under timeframes;
  • Ability to handle confidential material; 
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently work in a team capacity with a broad range of staff to accomplish program goals;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals;
  • Strong commitment to student service.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 7 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

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Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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