Nursing Instructor

  • Rocklin, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Education and Training Public Health
  • Salary: $63,865.76 - $85,586.23 Annually USD

Job Description

Under minimum administrative direction of an educational administrator, collaborates as a team member with the nursing faculty and director in the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of the District's nursing educational programs, instructs nursing courses, and performs related work, as required.

Incumbent must be qualified in accordance with California Board of Registered Nursing ( BRN ).

Examples Of Functions and Tasks

Program Development - ESSENTIAL: Participate in ongoing faculty meetings to plan, evaluate and develop all aspects of the nursing programs including the philosophy, theoretical curriculum framework, program and level objectives, curriculum, policies, documents, forms and the total program evaluation plan as required by State regulating agencies; participate in preparing written curriculum revision proposals, self-studies and other reports for State regulating agencies, the District Curriculum Committee and/or other shared governance bodies as necessary; participate, either as course coordinator or as a course team member in ongoing faculty meetings to plan and develop assigned courses and course materials that are consistent with the philosophy and curriculum framework and are based upon program and level objectives (including course content, theory objectives, course methods, media, textbooks, assignments, examinations, syllabi, clinical objectives, correlated clinical experiences and clinical evaluation tools); review, select and order course textbooks and class media, supplies and equipment; assist in regularly updating the nursing literature in the District Learning Resource Center and the department reference library; assist in evaluating and establishing new clinical facilities to use for student learning experiences and participate in regional planning meetings to coordinate clinical experiences with other colleges.

Program Implementation - ESSENTIAL: Assume shared responsibility and accountability for implementing the planned instructional program (including conducting theory classes in areas of content expertise, supervising students in clinical areas of expertise, providing students with timely constructive feedback and advice regarding their theory and clinical performance, evaluating student theory and clinical performance according to established policies and procedures, meeting with clinical agency representatives to implement and evaluate specific clinical experiences, assisting in orienting, supervising and evaluating part-time nursing faculty, orienting new full-time faculty and preparing and maintaining program and student records including attendance, anecdotal notes, evaluations, needs improvement and educational agreement forms and grades).

Ancillary Student Services - ESSENTIAL: Maintain regularly scheduled office hours; serve as a professional role model for students; advise students concerning job and educational opportunities; participate in graduation and other student award ceremonies; assume responsibility for ensuring student participation in all aspects of curriculum and policy development and evaluation. PERIPHERAL: Write letters of recommendation upon student requests as warranted; precept students in local area graduate nursing programs.

Related Professional Responsibilities - ESSENTIAL: Maintain currency in areas of content and clinical expertise and keep abreast of current trends and issues in nursing and nursing education; adhere to established program policies in performing all responsibilities; promote departmental cohesion and maintain positive professional relationships with peers, other faculty, staff, students, clinical agency personnel and the general public; attend and/or participate in a variety of local professional nursing and nursing education meetings, conferences and workshops; participate in departmental, shared governance and staff development activities as appropriate and feasible; respond in writing to requests for information (e.g., employment process questionnaires, Unit Planning Guides, Environmental Impact Reports, etc.). PERIPHERAL: Represent department by serving on District committees; serve on employee selection committees as requested; attend Board of Trustees and/or College Council meetings as necessary; read and respond to information polls distributed by the Faculty Senate.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's or higher degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, OR a Bachelor's degree in Nursing AND a Master's or higher degree in Health Education or Health Science from an accredited college or university which included course work in Nursing, Education, or Administration OR the equivalent, as determined by the BRN and/or the District Equivalency Committee, as appropriate.

Incumbent must possess a valid, active California license as a Registered Nurse (RN) as issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and a valid California Class C or higher Driver's License in order to accomplish travel among District sites and other locations.

Additionally, the incumbent must possess a minimum of two (2) years experience as a RN, the equivalent of one (1) year's full-time experience as a RN providing direct patient care within the last five (5) years (clinical teaching applies toward direct patient care) AND must have completed a course in teaching from an accredited college or university AND must have completed at least one (1) year's experience teaching courses related to Nursing OR a course which included practice in teaching Nursing which include:

Knowledge of:

ESSENTIAL: Medical-surgical nursing; teaching principles and methods and their impact on the learning process; curriculum development; Nursing Education trends and issues; nursing theory; supervisory techniques; professional standards of conduct and ethics in the nursing profession; laboratory equipment operation, uses, and precautions.

Ability to:

ESSENTIAL: Lecture and otherwise instruct students in the classroom AND practice laboratory AND clinical settings; exercise skill in fundamentals of nursing and the practice of medical-surgical nursing; instruct in fundamentals of nursing and medical-surgical nursing; supervise students in the clinical setting; contribute to curriculum development; form and maintain positive, supportive relationships with students to facilitate learning; maintain accurate student records; work cooperatively with peers, other faculty, staff, and students; teach in registered and vocational nursing and Nursing Assistant programs; work some evenings and/or weekends, as required; write course objectives, outlines, and lesson plans; prepare course syllabi; communicate effectively orally and in writing; follow oral and written instructions; function as a team member; maintain positive relationships with external clinical agencies; maintain professional standards of conduct and ethics; function as a professional role model; participate in student, faculty, shared governance, and professional activities; exercise appropriate safety precautions in practice laboratory and clinical settings; type/keyboard and/or utilize mouse to operate microcomputers to utilize software packages/applications for word processing. PERIPHERAL: Operate microcomputers to utilize software packages/applications for spreadsheets and/or database management and/or desktop publishing and to access host computer network utilities to send and receive electronic ("e") mail.

Physical Suitability Requirements:

ESSENTIAL: Incumbent must be able to work in office, laboratory, and clinical work environments engaged in work of primarily a moderately active nature, and to meet the following physical suitability requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation: Almost Constantly : walking, standing, and bending in performance of duties; operate machinery (stationary and/or mobile), including Hoyer lift, intravenous (I.V.) pumps, feeding pumps, etc.; utilize manual and finger dexterity to utilize computers and classroom equipment, make beds, dispense medications, remove sutures and dressings, and for other aspects of patient care; utilize vision (near and far) to read written materials, computer screens, analog and digital gauges and meters associated with medical equipment, and patient monitors, observations required for patient assessment, patient records, medication and other orders; utilize hearing for ordinary conversation and for hearing other sounds, such as equipment sound prompts, patient breathing, etc. Frequent : lifting (max. 75 lbs. from floor and waist levels), pushing, pulling and carrying (both in clinical laboratory sessions and hospital practicums) to utilize and move equipment and materials and for routine patient care. Occasional : running, to assist in hospital emergency room, as needed. Environmental Hazards/Precautions : Incumbent is required to frequently wear protective clothing/equipment to protect skin, arms, hands, fingers, face, eyes, and overall body, and must work in environments subject to almost constant exposure to hazards from risk of contagion with infectious diseases, and occasional exposure to hazards from needle sticks, radiation from X-ray and other medical equipment, and caustic chemicals used in chemotherapy and other medical treatments.


If claiming equivalency, please attach the Request for Equivalency Hearing form. The equivalency form may be found at: Sierra College Human Resources Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents.


Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.

Companies that provide transcript evaluation services:
  • World Education Services
  • Educational Credential Evaluators

Supplemental Information
  • One of Aspen Institute’s Top 150 Community Colleges in the nation
  • The Accrediting Commission recognized Sierra “for its exemplary practice of providing personnel with opportunities for continued professional development in order to meet its mission.” This includes providing students and employees with a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our students, etc.
  • Sierra has a commitment to culturally-responsive strategies and methods, and therefore all newly hired faculty participate in a Faculty Equity and Inclusion Certificate
  • State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
  • Competitive benefits package
  • 175 day per year contract

Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 16,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville. Our District prides itself on academic excellence.

Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all.

As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 16,500 students per term, where approximately: 24% of Sierra College’s students are Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 7% are multiracial and 55% are White.

The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive teaching strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, a Faculty Equity and Inclusion Certificate series, active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.

COMPENSATIONPlacement on the District’s Faculty Salary Schedule is dependent upon years of experience and level of education. Entry-level is from $60,413.56 to $80,959.95 at the time of employment. The current highest salary attainable after employment is $108,494.06. The District offers a very competitive benefits package, which includes health and welfare as well as income protection. Employees also will be members of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Sick leave, sabbatical, and other leaves are available according to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.

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There are four (4) required documents to apply for this position:
Employment ApplicationResume or Curriculum VitaeApplicable transcripts with conferred degree and date (unofficial transcripts are accepted) Please respond to the prompt below for your Teaching Philosophy Statement. You will need to write this statement on a separate document and upload the attachment at the end of the application.
  • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting historically underrepresented and underserved students? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to their success and the closing of equity gaps in the classroom, particularly for African-American, Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), and Native American students with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQIA+, visible and invisible disabilities, and any other disproportionately impacted populations?
  • What role should faculty play in student success?
  • Describe how your teaching approach has changed/evolved since you began teaching. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).
  • How does your teaching approach reflect your teaching philosophy in ensuring equitable student success?

Helpful Tip:
Please note that as described above a strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds; and therefore, hiring committees assess candidates for these knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Applicants may want to consider incorporating culturally-inclusive/equity-minded strategies practiced and/or evidence of the responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity of community college student populations throughout their application materials (including application and documents uploaded, if any).
Please see the Sierra College website for additional helpful tips and tools for prospective applicants .

Travel expenses may be partially reimbursed for candidates traveling beyond a 150 mile radius for second round interviews. All other travel expenses will be borne by the candidate (if in person interviews).

Terms and Conditions of Employment:
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.

*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.

Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and equity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO & Title IX (Title IX Coordinator) at the address below, at (916) 660-7006 or via email at .

Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.

If you have limitations hearing or speaking, the State of California offers a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) that can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls. Dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard phone. If you prefer having your calls immediately answered in your mode of communication, dial one of the toll-free modality and language-specific numbers below. The call will be routed to the CRS provider.

TTY/VCO/HCO to Voice
English 1-800-735-2929
Spanish 1-800-855-3000

Voice to TTY/VCO/HCO
English 1-800-735-2922
Spanish 1-800-855-3000

From or to Speech-to- Speech
English & Spanish 1-800-854-7784

Sierra Community College offers benefit packages to full-time employees including: family coverage health, dental and vision insurance, Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) OR State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) retirement, income protection, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and holidays as provided according to District policy.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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