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Vocational Nursing Instructor

The Vocational Nursing (VN) Instructor is responsible for providing quality instruction to students that meet the program and course objectives. The VN Instructor should maintain an organized, disciplined classroom environment that is conducive to learning and imparts the requirements of the relevant workplace setting to existing students.

*Full-Time and Part-Time positions available

Responsibilities and Duties:

Knowledge of Subject Matter

  • Maintain knowledge of the subject matter in the field(s) or appointment and create learning experiences to make the subject matter meaningful to students
  • Prepare students for an entry-level position in their industry of choice
  • Continuously relate relevancy of all classes within curriculum to current module being taught

Instructional Competency

  • Provide to students a course syllabus and/or day-by-day schedule on the first day of class that identifies the goals and objectives of the class, the teaching and evaluation methods, and the information and assignments that will be covered in the course
  • Introduce the plans and objectives for the class each day
  • Provide diversified learning experiences for all students to accommodate the different learning styles of the students
  • Use appropriate assessment methods such as:  
    • Tests, Essays, Multiple Choice, Oral Presentations , Papers, Projects, Practicum
  • Use effective classroom management skills  
    • Classroom discipline (e.g. noise level, cleanliness)
    • Emergencies (e.g. natural disaster, accidents)

Communication Skills

  • Create a comfortable, healthy and positive classroom environment
  • Use an understanding of individuals and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction engagement in learning and self-motivation (e.g. be aware of adult learning methods)
  • Use effective speaking, explaining and questioning techniques
  • Use effective methods for delivery of instruction:  
    • Lectures, Discussions, Labs, Aids, Handouts, Visuals
  • Be available to students through informal meetings and mid-module conferences
  • Advise students regarding their progress and achievement in class including a formal mid-module evaluation
  • Communicate with Administration on the progress of the students (e.g. attendance, grades, behavior)

Administrative Duties

  • Turn in class syllabi to the Dean no later than the first scheduled day of class
  • Start and end each class at the assigned time
  • Record and submit attendance daily – include comments for absent students on the attendance roster
  • Contact any student who is absent
  • Keep accurate attendance and grade records
  • Maintain grades for assignments, exams and individual student
  • Submit final grades within three business days from the last day of class
  • Report discrepancies between the attendance roster and students attending class immediately to the Registrar
  • Report any student request for change of status (e.g. LOA, withdrawal, schedule change, etc. ) to the Dean
  • Report the following student issues to the Dean:  
    • Excessive Student Tardiness or Absences
    • Behavioral Issues
    • Classroom/Equipment issues
  • Keep accurate written, chronological records of student advising and behavioral incidents
  • Maintain budgeted retention levels for your classes and implementation of retention plans

Professionalism

  • Actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally
  • Maintain up-to-date industry knowledge
  • Assist in the selection of textbooks as needed
  • Be available to research and write new curriculum as needed
  • Represent Platt College with professionalism at all times
  • Maintain and follow college policies and procedures
  • Attend Faculty Meetings/Training Events as scheduled
  • Maintain a welcoming classroom atmosphere to prospective students
  • Ensure excellent service and professionalism to all current students, prospective students and coworkers in all departments at all times.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and maintain a professional classroom and office environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of education environments including needs of adult learners
  • Ability to provide a positive and effective learning environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional career paths for which students are enrolled
  • Motivation, dedication and enthusiasm for teaching
  • Good Organization and Communication Skills

Credentials and Experience:

  • Minimum of six years of direct work experience
  • Must be a licensed Register Nurse (RN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in California
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school required
  • Completion of 24-hour Principles of Teaching the Adult Learner Course

Special Requirements:

  • Overtime as requested by supervisor – may include: evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Attendance at Platt College Graduation Ceremony required for full-time instructors
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