Academic Teaching Staff Member - Nurse Educator, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Obstetrics And Gynaecology

Competition No.  -    A100845899
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), Academic Teaching Staff (ATS) position in the MD Program for a one-year term with the posibility of extension. Working closely with the departmental chair and clerkship coordinator for Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as MD program leadership, this position supports MD students in their clinical learning environment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH). 

Teaching Activities

  • Nurse educator daily activities include working with the students with a focus on case room activities.
  • Supports student’s learning in completing histories and other documentation.
  • May attend deliveries with the students as the second nurse, debriefing afterwards to provide for enhanced learning
  • Completes informal and just in time teaching as appropriate
  • Working closely with the rotation coordinator and physician educators, ensures learning objectives are met for the obstetrics and gynecology core rotation
  • Provides instruction to MD Students which include but are not limited to the following settings: clinical teaching (core; selective; elective); experiential learning; classroom based teaching; and seminars.
  • Ensures availability for learner consultation within and outside of scheduled teaching or clinical experiences
  • Participates in inter-professional teaching activities
  • Participates in scholarly teaching by remaining current and competent in Obstetrics and Gynecology content, core rotation design and performance in the clinical setting
  • Other clearly defined teaching activities as appropriate and assigned and agreed to at the time of appointment or during subsequent annual assignments

Note: As students are on academic ½ day each Tuesday, there will be no requirements for the Nurse Educator to work with students this day

Teaching-Related Duties and Activities

Indirect activities that facilitate students progressing through the program. Teaching-related activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • This position provides highly structured, formal orientation to the obstetrics and gynecology rotation for MD students on day one of each rotation, repeating every six weeks. This activity takes about three hours to complete and includes a site tour, vaginal delivery simulation, and orientation to the Women’s Operating Room.
  • Familiarizes students on call schedules, expectations and AHS policy that guides their learning.
  • Assists with scheduling of clinical activities, including ambulatory experiences.
  • At the beginning of the fourth week of the rotation, provides a site orientation for the second group of students on rotation (identical to orientation described above)
  • Attends rounds with MD students on antepartum, and helps students to organize appropriate patients in the assessment area and case room
  • Participates in student assessment activities
  • Offers valuable feedback on student performance, identifying students in academic difficulty
  • Affords role modelling for interprofessional learning, emphasizing nurses as knowledgeable colleagues
  • Provides guidance and support to students in their clinical learning and a challenging case room environment
  • Participates/coordinates activities in relation to experience-based learning and inter-professional/department teaching activities

 Engages in teaching-related administrative duties

  • Attends orientations, staff meetings, course-related meetings and other activities related to this teaching assignment.
  • Other clearly defined teaching-related duties as appropriate, assigned and agreed to at the time of appointment or during subsequent annual assignments.

Service Activities

Service activities include those that are teaching-related and non-teaching related as described below.

Teaching-Related Service Activities

Those activities that directly support teaching and teaching development at a program level and/or relate to the development, delivery and evaluation of the professional program (i.e. program-facing). ATS Members may be expected to participate in teaching-related service activities early in their career and take increased responsibility (such as Committee Chair) as they progress through the ranks. These activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops, coordinates and monitors the clinical practicum/clerkship programs
  • Participates in or leads curriculum/program reviews for accreditation
  • Participates in or leads curriculum development or specific curriculum-related initiatives
  • Provides student support and/or advising beyond support in a specific course (e.g. academic/placement interventions, modifications, appeals, Student Accessibility Services liaison)
  • Provides teaching mentorship and develops/delivers teaching development content for individuals, a group or a department
  • Participates in or leads teaching-related committees at various levels (Department, Faculty, University, Community, Regional/Provincial, National, International)
  • Participates in or leads (as part of assigned expectations) working groups or community advocacy initiatives related to teaching assignment
  • Participates in or leads teaching and learning projects that focus on developing innovation and/or systematically evaluating new or best teaching and learning practices

Non-Teaching Related Service Contributions

Activities may include provision of service to the discipline of the staff member; participation in the governance of the University, the Faculty and the Department; and dissemination of knowledge to the general public by making available the staff member’s expertise and knowledge of the discipline.

  • Participates in, or chairs, academic or professional governance (non-teaching-related) committees at various levels (Department, Faculty, University, Community, Regional/Provincial, National, International)
  • Participates in, or chairs Department or Faculty Appeal Committees
  • Serve in Departmental or Faculty Administrative positions (e.g. Associate Chair)
  • Other clearly defined service activities as appropriate and agreed to at the time of appointment or during subsequent annual assignments

Duties below only as stipulated in the Supplementary Conditions to the Appointment Letter or in written agreement with the Department Chair during annual assignment.


Research activities include those that directly contribute to a program of research (individually or, more commonly, as part of a team). If research and other scholarly activities responsibilities are not specifically included in the position profile as determined by ATSEC in accordance with Article D6.05.1 and, therefore, are not assigned responsibilities, the degree of voluntary participation in research and other scholarly activity may vary from ATS Member to ATS Member and from time to time. (D2.03.2)

Such voluntary participation is not compensated.

  • Currently, no defined research activities are expected from this role.
  • While there are no clearly defined research-related duties at present, it may be that some research interests might be assigned and agreed to at the time of appointment or during subsequent annual assignments.

Academic and/or Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Current CARNA membership must be in place
  • Ideally, a case room nurse, facilitating the connection of students and nursing in the clinical environment.           

 Expected Skills and Competencies

  • As this is a clinical learning environment, it is essential that both patient and student safety are maintained while teaching occurs. 
  • As all decisions in relation to orientation, mentoring and teaching of students in a clinical environment are provided with a high level of autonomy, the incumbent must be able to work independently under limited supervision 
  • Recent experience in University teaching in a clinical setting
  • Ability to employ varied teaching strategies in a clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology setting
  • Ability to support the assessment of student performance
  • Ability to provide constructive student feedback effectively and in a timely manner
  • Capable of self-evaluation of clinical teaching
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style and to collaborate with colleagues.
  • Critical thinking and organizational ability
  • Problem solving skills and an ability to handle challenging student situations
  • Technically proficient in the computer environment and a working knowledge of various applications
  • Able to work effectively within teams/committees and provide constructive feedback to colleagues 

Interested individuals are asked to submit their application package online containing a resume, a brief outline of their teaching philosophy, as well as the names and contact information of three references to the attention of the Search & Selection Committee.  

Any questions about the position should be directed to: Dr Jane Schulz, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology email:

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How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.