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Learning Lab Instructor; Houston, TX

at Western Governors University

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Posted: 10/31/2017
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 9394
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

Clinical Learning Lab Instructor (part-time)

The Clinical Learning Lab Instructor is a clinically experienced subject matter expert who is responsible for facilitating student learning and performance assessment in on-site Clinical Learning Labs. Student learning activities in Clinical Learning Labs range from learning basic nursing skills to resolving simple-to-complex patient care situations via high-fidelity simulation. Teaching responsibilities can include traditional basic nursing skills and/or nursing care with high-fidelity simulation, depending on expertise and interest. 

 The Clinical Lab Instructor:

  • Serves as a professional role model for students in dress, communication, deportment, problem solving, care delivery and patient advocacy to facilitate student’s socialization into the profession.
  • Demonstrates understanding of and participates in implementation of the philosophy and goals of the nursing program.
  • Demonstrates respect for the student as a new learner by communicating constructive feedback in appropriate ways.
  • Uses evidence-based tools and measures to evaluate the students’ clinical learning.
  • Maintains daily documentation regarding student learning in the Clinical Learning Labs
  • Maintains communication with the National Simulation Program Coordinator in order to make appropriate student referrals for remediation or other needs.
  • Engages in teaching groups of students through demonstration, practice and assistance.
  • Facilitates student advancement in being able to perform basic nursing skills to being able to resolve simple to complex patient care situations via high-fidelity simulation
  • When teaching in a simulated environment, demonstrates ability to facilitate scenarios according to evidence-based standards and guidelines.
  • Assists the student with critical thinking, problem solving using reflection, probing, active listening and other clinical teaching strategies.
  • Assists students in the application of the nursing process to include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care
  • Understands and practices the difference between “doing it for” the student and ‘supporting the student as they learn to do it for themselves.
  • Assists students in the identification of individual learning needs.
  • Provides and maintains a safe learning experience
  • Incorporates student and self as an integral part of the nursing team in the provision of safe patient care when teaching in a simulated environment.



Required Skills
  • MSN required (contingent on state Board of Nursing regulations)
  • Unencumbered RN license in practice state
  • Demonstrated clinical expert in an area of nursing expertise
  • Nursing education experience as indicated by respective state board of nursing
  • Commitment to simulation as both a learning and assessment tool in nursing education
  • Experience or interest in teaching nursing skills and simulated patient care scenarios using high-fidelity simulation
  • Flexibility in working with changing groups of students in a variety of locales
  • Willingness to work 1-3 consecutive weekends every other month as labs occur
  • Willingness to commit time to online orientation and training
  • Willingness to commit time to pre and post lab preparation and data entry
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with integrated technology systems and tools


The College of Health at Western Governors University hires part-time employees and/or contractors throughout the year in order to support the nursing program in the Houston area. This posting was created in order for candidates to apply for these future positions. Please note that each application will be reviewed for fit, and moved to the appropriate job posting as warranted. A candidate's application may be held as long as 6 months. #PJ #AA *LI-AB-EG

The positions include: 

    • Clinical Learning Lab Instructor (part-time)
    • Learning Lab Tech (part-time)
    • Clinical Instructor (contract)

To ensure consistency and the highest quality standards in the instruction and assessment of students in WGU clinical labs, all Lab Instructors are required to teach in the skills and /or simulation lab a minimum of one weekend, but not limited to, every quarter.  This will allow WGU to maintain consistency and stay current with best practices regarding skills and simulation lab instruction.  Instructors who do not maintain the minimum work commitment of one weekend per quarter will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Required Experience
  • MSN degree required
  • Experience teaching in a BSN, MSN, or Doctorate Nursing program
  • 5+ to 7 Years