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Instructor, Learning Lab

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $34.85 - $52.25

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Position Summary -

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

Essential Functions and Responsibilities - List of significant responsibilities and essential duties that must be completed in order to achieve the objectives of the position

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.

Knowledge and Abilities

– Required competencies, proficiencies, specialized knowledge, technology skills, etc. Problem solving skills – Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate. Is future-oriented. Assesses what will help or hinder achieving goals. Focuses on what is important.

Interpersonal skills – Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner. Approaches conflict proactively. Solicits and shares feedback openly. Listens with empathy and maintains composure.

Accuracy – Draws on facts collected from a broad knowledge of WGUs goals and processes.

Adaptability – Corrects behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations. Tackles obstacles appropriately. Is comfortable with ambiguity.

Reliability – Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done. Actions are consistent with words. Follows through on commitments. Exhibits exceptional integrity.

Attitude – Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth. Is self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others. Asserts self appropriately to champion ideas. Tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner.

Initiative – Self-directs with a strong tendency for action. Leads the way to improve performance or processes. Displays keen interest in students and organization.

Teaching experience is not necessary tied to programs or institutions

Qualifications - Minimum education and/or prior experience qualifications, required certifications, field of study, bilingual, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

MSN required (contingent on State Board of Nursing regulations)

MSN required in all States

Utah only State that requires minimum teaching experience, teaching experience is not defined

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Simulation experience is a preference, not a requirement in any State

Indiana Requirements


Relevant experience in the subject area to be taught (INBON does not define relevant experience)

Florida Requirements

Med-Surg experience acceptable




MSN degree

At least 3 years of teaching experience


MSN or higher

At least one year's continuous, full time experience or equivalent, providing direct patient care as a registered nurse

Direct patient care experience as a registered nurse (registered nurse-level clinical teaching experience, in the context/clinical area, within the previous 5 years)

Working Conditions – Specific requirements of the job such as travel and the environment in which the job is performed.

Disclaimer: This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

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