Employment Opportunity: Nursing Lab Coordinator - Fall 2019

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers 26 online degree programs as well as courses at a regional campus in Idaho Falls. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 11,000 continuing education and concurrent credit students. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the West and a “Best Value” for delivering a high quality education at a remarkably affordable price. The university’s location in the Boise valley provides a wealth of regional opportunities: easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting; and a wide array of cultural opportunities from the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival. NNU has a long and deep association with the Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and vital Christian piety.

Department Statement

The Department of Nursing at NNU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program, a Master of Science in Nursing with a leadership and education track and a Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program. All nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Description of Position

The Department of Nursing is seeking applicants to fill the Nursing Lab Coordinator position for the Nursing Learning Center. This is a non-exempt, full-time, 10-month (.83 FTE) position. The successful candidate will support all clinical learning lab and simulated patient care learning experiences for the nursing department’s campus and online students by assisting program/course coordinators, faculty, and students with appropriate resources to successfully complete evidence-based learning opportunities in simulated patient care environment. Supports the mission and philosophy of the university and represents the university to clinical agencies, students, and community through lab and simulation scheduling and collaborative efforts.
The Nursing Department Laboratories Coordinator reports to, and works under, the direction of the Undergraduate Chair and the Nursing Department Laboratories Manager to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of laboratory operations and resource utilization to meet student learning needs.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Lab Coordinator will assist the Lab Manager in the following items:

  •  Facilitates lab resources, including human patient simulation equipment and supplies.
  • Supports students and professionals to achieve clinical learning in a simulated patient care environment.
  • Prepares and maintains labs and simulated patient care environments with equipment, supplies, media, computers, and materials needed to replicate virtual healthcare setting.
  • Collaborates with Course Coordinators and faculty to ensure preparation of lab supplies and equipment based on faculty requests and course schedule.
  • Assist in developing and implementing detailed clinically-based scenarios for the computerized simulators operates and maintains computerized simulation equipment.
  • Participates in planning and scheduling for students and faculty by ensuring open lab and structured lab utilization times are available and communicated and appropriately resourced.
  • Collaborates on ordering and maintaining an inventory of all lab supplies, equipment, furniture, model, and laboratory manuals; recommends the purchase of lab equipment and supplies; and maintains a clean, fully equipped nursing skills and simulations lab.
  • Facilitates simulation equipment care and maintenance, including troubleshooting and repair as required.
  • Contributes to and attends national lab and simulation forums and conferences as appropriate to prepare and assess lab and simulation operational effectiveness.
  • Completes work in a timely manner, including preparing, documenting, and tracking student and faculty lab utilization.
  • Serves as role model for faculty, staff, and students in the areas of customer service, collaboration, communication, excellence, attendance, and general professionalism.
Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current unencumbered RN license, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of: science of nursing; standard laboratory practices; laboratory supplies; inventory control.
  • Skill in: application of technical nursing skills in laboratories; healthcare communications.
  • Ability to: apply nursing practices to practical situations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Proficiency with technology including computers, a variety of software, and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with human patient simulators and audio/visual preferred.
  • Motivated team player with the desire to share creative solutions and best practices.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills with the ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication (verbally and in writing) skills.
  • Overnight travel may be required for attendance at conferences and/or training. Must be willing to begin training in simulation within 18 months of hire.
  • The university requires that all candidates have a Christian perspective (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), and must be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU. 
Working Conditions: Clinical, hospital, and simulation type laboratories with regular exposure to dust, dirt, water, cleaning elements, clinical care supplies, and other conditions when storing, stocking, preparing, and using supplies. Regular exposure to moderate noise levels typical to laboratories and students.

Physical Demands: The following physical demands are typically exhibited by position incumbents performing this job’s essential duties and responsibilities. These physical demands are not, and should not, be construed to be job qualification standards, but are illustrated to help the Department, employee and/or applicant identify where reasonable accommodations may need to be considered. Employee regularly stands and walks for periods of time when teaching and proctoring exams, and observing students. Employee occasionally sits. Employee regularly uses hands to handle and feel, and reaches with arms and hands when reviewing and assisting students with skills such as IV therapy, dressing changes, physical assessment, and giving injections. Employee climbs, crouches, and kneels when storing or retrieving equipment and supplies. Employee frequently talks and hears when teaching students, and during discussion with faculty and staff members. Employee lifts items up to 30 pounds such as transferring mannequins in and out of beds, stocking supplies and equipment, and preparing equipment and supplies for laboratory sessions. Employee frequently exhibits peripheral vision.


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant within a range of $21.50 – $23.50 per hour. Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application must be received, including all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU Application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Two reference letters from professional associates

Send, fax or email completed application packet to:
Human Resources
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Jun 20, 2019

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).