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On-Site Instructor, Learning Lab (Full-Time)

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 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: $72,500.00 - $108,700.00

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

***This is an on-site position in our Salt Lake City lab***

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Uses evidence-based tools and measures to evaluate the students’ clinical learning.
  • Maintains communication with the Director or Nursing/ or Designee to make appropriate student referrals for remediation or other needs.
  • Engages in teaching through demonstration, practice, and assistance.
  • Facilitates student advancement through the performance of basic nursing skills to resolution of simple and/or complex patient care situations via high-fidelity simulation.
  • When teaching in a simulated environment, the candidate demonstrates the 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 assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of 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.
  • Promotes, 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.
  • Works closely with Lab Supervisor to appropriately integrate lab operations, obtain maximum utilization for the most efficient expenditure, and to moderate student and program costs.
  • Support quality improvement measurements related to faculty and student satisfaction
  • Assist in planning staff schedules.
  • Assist in maintaining the supply inventory.
  • Maintain the maintenance and updates to RQI (where appropriate).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Simulation experience preferred.
  • MSN required.
  • 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. Tackle obstacles appropriately and 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.


  • Organizational or Student Impact:
    • Accountable for decisions that impact individual students.
    • Creates or facilitates learning experiences that support students ‘attainment of knowledge and skills.
    • With specific guidance from senior faculty and program leaders, acts independently in executing teaching practice.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making:
    • Works on a limited array of matters and complexity.
    • Able to effectively utilize resources to address student concerns and inquiries.
    • Support student needs to help them achieve course or program outcomes at the individual student level.
    • Individuals will follow university and department established policies and best practices.
  • Communication & Influence:
    • Communicates with students as appropriate to support student questions and needs.
    • This role communicates with fellow faculty members as appropriate within and outside of the department.
    • Expected to provide feedback regarding discipline and practice leadership.
  • Leadership:
    • Considered a contributing and collegial team member.
    • Individual adheres to learning and operational quality guidance and instructions.
    • Supports initiatives within the area of specialty.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MSN degree with equivalent work experience.
  • Successful progress towards an advanced degree and applicable licenses or certifications.
  • 2+ years of professional work experience.
  • This individual is a demonstrated subject matter expert with assigned content or practice area(s).

Department Specific Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Availability of providing 40 hours per week.
  • 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:

  • Strong experience with distance education and distance learning students is preferred.
  • Special State Position Requirements:
    • Utah
      • MSN
      • At least 3 years of teaching experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.