Registered Nurse Facility Vaccine Program Manager Primary Care
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Number: 653326300
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 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. 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. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity (glasses permitted), keen hearing (hearing aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (up to 8 hours), standing (up to 8 hours), stooping, sitting, bending (up to 8 hours), pulling, and pushing. Light lifting under 15 lbs. Light carrying 15-44 lbs. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. Use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. VA facilities must make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency. ["The Vaccine Program Manager (VPM) will oversee the Birmingham VA Health Care System's comprehensive vaccination program and provide support to all services. The VPM will ensure current vaccine information is disseminated to appropriate stakeholders, including, but not limited to Clinical Services, Pharmacy, Employee Health, Access Outpatient Scheduling Service, Veterans, Employees, etc. This information will be obtained from National Offices, such as, Centers for Disease Control, Advisory Committee on Immunizations, Pharmacy Benefits Management, VISN Leadership, etc. The facility VPM is responsible for the following duties: Plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate the overall facility Vaccination Program Collaborates with clinical/administrative services regarding vaccine requirements, quality metrics, evidence-based practice, education requirements, etc. within facility programs and clinical care. Establish processes for inpatient and outpatient vaccination efforts and ensure standardized documentation and data capture, follow up and facilitate correction of documentation errors. Provide oversight, staff training, and development of the Vaccination Program. Responsible for updating all applicable forms related to COVID, flu, and other vaccines. Lead the facility Flu Program. Serve as the facility COVID Vaccine Coordinator and attend all VISN/National meetings Ensure that vaccination strategic plans are aligned and integrated with PACT and facility strategic plans. Advise facility and primary care leadership on clinical and administrative issues related to COVID, including all clinical preventative services. Advocate for policy and program development and resource allocation to support the Vaccination Program and services. Effectively manage resources allocated by the facility to the Vaccination Program. Provide leadership in the development or modification of delivery processes to support the successful implementation of evidence-based vaccination services into clinical care Collaborate with facility staff to develop consistency between facility strategies (e.g., local policies and procedures, local protocols, clinical reminders, and standardized templates) and VHA CPS guidance statements. Develops and implements a process to provide training of facility clinical staff in VHA CPS guidance statements. Serve, in collaboration with other clinical content experts, as a subject matter expert in health prevention disease prevention and provide education on evidence-based vaccine products and services to PACT and other clinical staff. This includes, but is not limited to, VHA CPS guidance statements, recommended screenings and immunizations, Healthy Living messages, the HLA, etc. Lead the development and maintenance of a resource inventory of vaccine programs available to Veterans within the facility and local community. Coordinate and engage teams to assess Veteran and programmatic needs, develop, implement, redesign, or improve the quality of the delivery of vaccine-related services. Serve as the communication liaison between VISN Vaccine Coordinator Program Leaders, NCP, and the facility HPDP Committee or subcommittee. Partner with other program leaders (e.g., Patient Centered Care Coordinators) to support and strengthen Whole Health programming and services. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Day Shift Monday - Friday, with occasional weekend coverage required\nTravel: Occasional travel may be required\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.