The incumbent will be assigned to Quality Management Service & will be responsible to the Deputy Chief for Nursing/Patient Care, Service Line or Service Line Designee. 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. 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. Preferred Experience 8-10 years of Nursing experience . Quality and patient safety experience. Experience with performing data collection, root cause analysis (RCA) and proactive risk healthcare failure mode effect analysis (HFMEA). Masters degree prepared or higher. Experience in preparing and reviewing reports involving trend analysis and ensuring patient safety follow up throughout health care system. 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: This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements. ["The Patient Safety Manager is responsible and accountable for processes/systems which comprise the Patient Safety Program or at the Quality Management service level. Accurately interprets Joint Patient Reporting System (JPSR), follows up with the service and unit level stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement and tracks and trends this data to provide information and recommendations to the Medical Center Leadership. They conduct regularly scheduled rounds that involve the clinical and non-clinical staff to evaluate, identify, and mitigate identified risks through process improvement and education. Coordinates, aggregates reviews and non-aggregate review Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) when indicated and Healthcare Failure Mode Effects Analyses (HFMEA) in accordance with guidance from the VHA National Patient Safety Improvement Handbook (VHA Handbook 1050.01), VISN, and medical center leadership. Coordinates all VISN QMO/PSO site visits, and NCPS Patient Safety Alerts and Advisories. Conducts ongoing leadership education regarding new/changed patient safety standards. Incumbent mines and analyzes data in order to produce reports, inform services lines and improve performance measures related to patient safety. Involves all members of the health care team in identifying problems, collecting & analyzing data, and resolving care problems of individual or group of Veteran patients. Collaborates with other professionals in identifying patient safety and quality improvement issues and in developing programs and activities to deal with those issues. Collaborates with Education Resource Center Staff to conduct conferences and in-service. Incumbent continually monitors and evaluates the achievement of the Patient Safety Program/Quality Management service goals and objectives and submits an annual evaluation of the patient safety program each fiscal year. Serves as the chair of the Patient Safety Committee and is responsible for developing the agenda and communicating needs and issues that arise through the established governance structure. They initiates and Leads educational activities to promote and enhance clinical understanding, trending and analyzing adverse events and close calls, serving as the organization's expert on the VHA Patient Safety Improvement Handbook. Work Schedule: Various schedules- may be required to work evenings, weekend, and holidays\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Paulette Holland, email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.