This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Graduate of an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience: Five years nursing and supervisor experience preferred. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience.. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 and G-7 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. ["The Chief Nurse Anesthetist makes recommendations that may significantly affect the content, interpretation, or development of VA policies or programs concerning critical matters or major issues within their scope of practice. Regularly provides anesthesia care in unusually extensive and complex surgical procedures that are of prolonged duration and involve high-risk patients. Additionally, the Chief Nurse Anesthetist is the first line supervisor and has administrative responsibility for CRNAs and Medical Instrument Technicians (Anesthesia tech). Communicate the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department. Function as a departmental resource while promoting team functioning and representing the organization in a positive and professional manner. Effectively and consistently communicate administrative directives, policies and protocols to personnel and encourage interactive department meetings and discussions.\nB. Manage activities including interviewing, hiring and discipline. Interpret and enforces Human Resource Management policies in a consistent manner. Resolve personnel concerns at the departmental level, utilizing the grievance process as necessary. Recognize and evaluate the strengths and weakness of self and staff while regularly coaching staff on their contribution to the mission of the agency and with their performance development. Help staff to understand the context of their work and how it relates to the work of others and the agency.\nC. Design schedule and staffing models, as appropriate, for meet the demands of the OR and off-site schedules, as well as, fluctuations in workload. Delegate appropriately to subordinates to share responsibilities for efficient departmental operations. Manage payroll and leave.\nD. Design and management of budget and cost benefit analysis in order to ensure optimal stewardship of resources.\nE. Monitor the quality of anesthesia care. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of nurse anesthesia care rendered by nurse anesthetists anywhere in the facility using ongoing professional performance evaluations and yearly performance appraisals. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of performance by anesthesia technicians through use of performance evaluations. Provide education to staff on performance improvement.\nF. Responsible for maintaining competencies and SOPs in all Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) and technology, participate as a member of the RME committee, and adhere to all Medical Center requirements.\nG. Attend department, organization, quality improvement, and medical staff committee meetings, to include but not limited to: Surgical M&M, Transfusion committee, Critical Care, Professional Practice Council, RME, RCA's, HCFMA's etc., as well as other assigned task forces positions and advisory committees.\nH. Help develop and implement anesthesia specific policies and procedures in conjunction with the Chief Anesthesiologist and medical staff. Coordinate policy review and Joint Commission readiness standards with staff and system.\nI. Demonstrate the ability to formulate a budget and recommend needed anesthesia equipment to administration. Design and management of budget and cost benefit analysis in order to ensure optimal stewardship of resources. Comply with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:30am to 3:00pm\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: The position has physical requirements which include heavy lifting, moderate carrying,\npushing, pulling, reaching above the shoulders, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, use of arms and legs to climb, sitting, twisting, simple grasping and fine manipulation. All physical requirements are intermittent in nature but can be expected to recur for 8 to 12 hours. The employee must be able to utilize safe patient handling equipment and techniques in lifting, moving and transferring patients. The employee must be effective and dependable, taking emergency action as needed and use initiative in preventing accidents."]
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