Job Description

At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Skills / Requirements


The Nursing Professional Development Specialist (NPDS) takes a leadership role in system level nursing education programs and professional development. Using expertise in education and professional development practices, the NPDS functions autonomously and in collaboration with staff, nursing leadership, Clinical Resource Nurses, faculty, and researchers to develop, implement and evaluate professional development programs that influence role competence, professional growth, and lifelong learning in a variety of practice settings. The NPDS promotes synergistic practices to achieve optimal patient outcomes throughout the organization. The NPDS advances and leads educational practices based on the Harris Health System Nursing Professional Practice Model, strategic plan, and in accordance with the Association of Nursing Professional Development's Scope and Standards of Professional Nursing Practice.

As a member of the nursing leadership team, the NPDS supports professional nursing practice and empowers nurses to continuously improve in the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate, and efficient nursing care in collaboration with other healthcare disciplines. The NPDS ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations, national, state, and local regulatory agencies, and institutional policies and procedures. The NPDS mentors others, role models professionalism, and upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


1. Education/specialized training/licensure:

a. Graduation from an accredited school of nursing with a bachelor's degree in nursing, and a master's degree in nursing or related field required.
b. Certification in clinical specialty (Nursing Professional Development) is to be completed within two (2) years of hire, if not held at the time of appointment.
c. Current license or valid permit to practice professional nursing in Texas.
d. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.

2. Work experience: Five (5) years of work experience as a registered nurse required.

3. Management experience: Two (2) years related education or leadership experience is required.


1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Writing /Composing (Correspondence / Reports)

2. Other Skills:
Analytical CRT Design Medical Terms PC Research Statistical

3. Advanced Education:
Advance Training Specialty: Certification in NPD within two years of employment
Bachelor's Degree Major: Nursing
Master's Degree Major: Nursing or related field

4. Work Schedule:
Weekends Holidays Flexible

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