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Nursing Academic Success and Retention Specialist

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Type: Full-time
Campus: North Haven - North Haven, CT
Categories: Staff

Overview: Quinnipiac University's School of Nursing is excited to announce its inaugural Nursing Academic Success and Retention Specialist and invites applications for 2 positions. This position is responsible for academic advising, mentoring and remediating nursing students in the baccalaureate program towards successful academic progression through the nursing curriculum and NCLEX-RN licensure success. This position provides comprehensive support for students and will assist them in developing an academic learning success plan each semester. As such, the position will serve as a liaison with other academic support services on campus (ie. Learning Specialists, peer tutors, Office of Student Accessibility). This position reports to the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing. This is an on-ground (non-remote) role.
About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls more than 9,500 students in 110 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Computing and Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as both a best-value school and a top national university, and has also earned recognition in Princeton Review's "The Best 387 Colleges". Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter and Instagram @QuinnipiacU.
  • Provide a positive, student-centered learning environment which enables students to attain success; passionate about helping new nursing graduates succeed on the NCLEX-RN exam
  • Demonstrate competency related to all aspects of the NCLEX-RN including knowledge of NCLEX-RN test plan, test taking strategies, and NCLEX-RN preparation products (ie. HESI)
  • Utilize mentoring and coaching skills to guide students in achieving their highest scores on practice exams
  • Maintain communication with students to assist them in achieving course objectives
  • Identify students through data collection and analysis that require specialized advising and tutoring related to nursing curricular content
  • Perform specialized advising and tutoring in one-on-one and small group format specific to nursing curricular content
  • Actively monitor and document individual student progress and provide remediation and direction as needed
  • Identify graduates at risk and implement review plan and monitoring including post-graduation
  • Collaborate with campus and leadership team to achieve NCLEX-RN goals. Monitor quarterly the annual licensure pass rates for assigned cohorts
  • Promote a positive and successful learning experience and environment for junior and senior traditional students and accelerated baccalaureate students
  • Identify students through data collection and analysis that require specialized advising and tutoring related to nursing curricular content
  • Meet one-on-one with at-risk students on a regular basis to monitor utilization of success strategies.
  • Coach students in test taking skills and strategies for preparation for all exams
  • Analyze relevant student data from course related exams (ie. ExamSoft) to identify gaps in outcomes in collaboration with associate dean and program chair
  • Support processes and procedures for promoting instructional quality and applied practice in the BSN curriculum
  • Work closely with faculty/staff mentors and advisors and other academic staff to provide students effective learning plans
  • Manage an assigned caseload of advisees
  • Monitor and document student progress towards successful course and licensure outcomes
  • Refer students to the appropriate additional academic resources
  • Support the university’s strategic initiatives and inclusive excellence mission
  • Represent the School of Nursing’s strategic initiatives, mission, vision, and values
  • Collaborate with associate dean and program chair regarding student retention and academic success data
  • Adapt and develop as an academic specialist in response to the dynamic nature of nursing education
  • Other projects as assigned
Education Requirements:
  • Master's degree in Nursing or relevant field required
  • Unencumbered Connecticut Registered Nurse License (or eligibility for CT RN license)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience/knowledge in preparing students for NCLEX_RN and/or working with new graduate RNs 
  • Knowledge of pre-licensure RN curriculum
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with junior and senior level traditional and accelerated nursing students, and other members of the Quinnipiac community
  • Ability to organize time and maintain accurate documentation of advising meetings
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in an academic setting or advisement preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that the university has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For more information, please visit

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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