Program Director - Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Program Director - Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, McCall, Twin Falls and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the west. The university’s location in the southwest part of the state allows easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting. The proximity to Boise, the state’s capital, offers cultural amenities such as the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Boise Master Chorale, Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Riverside Jazz Orchestra, and the Boise Art Museum. The university is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene.

Department of Nursing
The Department of Nursing at NNU offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing, an RN to BS in Nursing program and a Master of Science in Nursing with a nursing leadership/education track.  The Bachelor of Science program and the Masters of Science program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Description of Position
The Program Director for the Nurse Practitioner program is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Nursing and reports to the MSN Director. They are responsible for overseeing the graduate family nurse practitioner program.  The Program Director is faculty with a teaching appointment.  The Program Director is responsible for:

  • Leadership for the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program in collaboration with the Chair for the Department of Nursing.
  • Direct the development and implementation of the nurse practitioner curriculum in coordination with the Chair of the Department of Nursing utilizing current American Association of College of Nursing Essentials, Idaho Board of Nursing, CCNE requirements and national trends.
  • Collaborate with the Chair in planning faculty workloads and teaching assignments as related to program needs.
  • Collaborate with Chair in providing input for faculty evaluations (NP faculty).
  • Collaborate with the Chair in the implementation of all aspects of evaluation related to the program to ensure articulation of NNU Nursing Department's total program evaluation plan.
  • Assist the Chair in evaluation of the nurse practitioner program and in preparing internal and external annual reports on program outcomes.
  • Promote visibility and advancement of the role of advanced practice nursing within and outside NNU.
  • Serve as liaison between other agencies and Northwest Nazarene University to advance practice and educational achievement in graduate nurses.
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to advanced practice nursing education and healthcare delivery within and outside of NNU's nursing department.

The Director shall have (required):

  • An earned Baccalaureate, Master's in Nursing from an accredited University. Doctorally prepared candidates will be given preference
  • The Program Director will hold a current RN license and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure in Idaho.
  • Must have at least five (5) years of clinical experience as a nurse.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in a school of nursing appropriate for appointment at rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and learning consistent with the Program Mission, Philosophy, Vision and Goals as evidenced by a presentation during the campus visit with faculty.
  • Experience with formats of distance education, to include on-line instruction.
  • Evidence of Christian values and a daily walk with God.
  • Candidates must demonstrate both written and verbal skills, effective interpersonal relationship skills, and evidence of leadership in the profession
  • The university requires that all candidates have a Christian perspective (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), must be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU. Northwest Nazarene University embraces diversity and therefore encourages all who are qualified to apply.

The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant. Full-time faculty will be offered access to a benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance for employee and family, tuition benefits for employee and family, group life and long term disability insurance, holidays, opportunities for faculty development, sabbatical experiences, and a retirement program.

Application Process
To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received.  A complete application packet will include the following: 

  • Letter of interest 
  • NNU Application form 
  • Curriculum vitae  
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission link
  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching
  • Two reference letters from professional associates
  • One pastor's reference letter 
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official required upon hire) 

Please send your complete application packet to:

Northwest Nazarene University
Department of Human Resources
623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax:  (208) 467-8587

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

Posted 11/20/14.  Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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).