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POSITION:  Retention Specialist/Tutor (Non-Exempt/Part-Time) *Applicant Pool


DEPARTMENT:  Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Undergraduate Nursing Program Chair

FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt


LOCATION:  Abilene

TARGET HIRE DATE: As Soon As Possible

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


PHSSN Retention Specialist/Tutor (RST) function to identify and utilize resources to improve the ability of students to succeed in nursing school.  RST may provide individual and/or centralized tutoring to students across a variety of nursing courses.  RST help students clarify, and review concepts taught in class. Tutoring is a “student-centered” activity, so the emphasis and content of each tutoring session is determined by the student’s needs.  Tutoring is a supplement to teaching, not a replacement for class attendance or participation.



Collaborate with course faculty to identify and remediate at-risk students;

Provide subject-specific content review to students through either individual or group assistance;

Facilitate active learning while providing guidance and direction to students according to identified needs;

Assist students in identifying needs for time management skills, study skills, concept review, clinical skill assistance, and test anxiety interventions;

Utilize nursing school resources as available;

Provide timely remediation for didactic and/or clinical needs;

Review concepts in identified courses in order to provide rationales to students and increase comprehension;

Review exam outcomes rationales and concepts with students as approved by course faculty;

Assist in the distribution and remediation of benchmark resources (HESI).

Provide feedback and documentation of students’ academic and clinical achievements as needed to faculty and program chairs.

Collaborate and consult on NCLEX Success Plan;

Develop and implement strategies to improve NCLEX-RN testing for pre-licensure students;

Provide action items for students at risk for NCLEX-RN failure utilizing NCLEX review materials;

Maintain confidentiality of student performance in collaboration with faculty and program chair;

Maintain accurate and regular records of tutoring sessions with provided documents;

Complete all required payroll paperwork required prior to the start of hire date;

Complete and/or participate in regular evaluations.


There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position

COMPETENCIES: This is your opportunity to demonstrate how your education and/or experience in your current or previous job relates to each function of this position.

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

On a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph for each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Performance Coaching - Defines responsibilities and expectations; sets goals and objectives; gives performance feedback; motivates for increased results; recognizes contributions; encourages training and development.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Payroll systems; Internet software and Contact Management systems.


Minimum of BSN with MSN preferred.

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Educational experience preferred.


Current RN licensure and in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet


This is a part-time position (no benefits) which will be up to 19 hours/week.

Working some Saturdays and evenings may be required to meet the needs of the students.

Due to the non-exempt nature of this position, all hours worked beyond 40 hours in a single work week will be compensated at time and a half, per FSLA guidelines.

Must have an maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

Additional travel may be required on occasion in order to attend training, etc.

Participate in required training for nursing resources to support student learning.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.