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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Quality Coordinator) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Summary

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is seeking a Registered Nurse to be a member of the Quality Management Team. The position is part-time (.70/56 hours bi-weekly)

Responsibilities

The incumbent is responsible for working closely with Service Leadership to develop and implement a performance improvement plan and related activities. The incumbent is responsible for the following: monitoring, trending and analyzing data, interpreting The Joint Commission standards, interpreting VA handbooks and directives regarding quality management/performance improvement/patient safety issues; collaborating with the facility Patient Safety Officer; and monitoring progress of reviews and follow-up action items to ensure completion in a timely manner. The incumbent is responsible for utilizing a comprehensive, organized, continuous readiness program to review and identify opportunities for improvement in order to achieve excellence in the quality and safety of the care, treatment, and services provided to patients. Incumbent assists in developing processes to assure that all required information is procured and acted upon to meet the expectations of the patients, the facility, The Joint Commission, VA Central Office, Office of Inspector General, VISN, or other internal and external organizations. The incumbent is responsible for all directives and standards relating to the Quality Management program for areas within assigned responsibility. The incumbent assists the Service Leadership and ensures PI processes are in place, including but not limited to PDSA cycles, follow-up action is conducted, and outcomes are reported that support current systems redesign processes. When required, the incumbent conducts reviews to evaluate compliance with program regulations, policies, and procedures and assists with the development of facility policies and procedures, as appropriate. Assists in developing approaches for standardizing system related procedures to minimize variation. The incumbent supports facility activities in the coordination and development of data collection and analysis techniques, primarily in the areas of specific Performance Measures, ORYX, and Performance Improvement indicators. Incumbent is knowledgeable of Performance Improvement principles, statistical processes, and tools including trend and comparative analyses and has the expertise to make recommendations based on findings. The incumbent reviews all performance improvement data for assigned areas and assists responsible staff in initiating/facilitating appropriate action based on VA guidance documents. The incumbent facilitates education of personnel on performance improvement both in the facility orientation of employees and in specific training for those involved in the performance improvement activities within services, on hospital committees, and/or within performance improvement teams. The incumbent conducts various patient care studies based on areas assigned, including review of patient incident reports, medical record reviews for evidence of required documentation as well as reviews for the quality and safety of care, treatment, and services provided. The incumbent provides clinical expertise and consultation to assist in data driven decision making and performance improvement matters. The incumbent conducts tracers and operational assessments, participates in the design and analysis of special studies to define the cause and scope of issues or trends, and assists in the identification of appropriate criteria for problem resolution. Analysis includes monitoring, tracking, and trending along with other statistically valid techniques to assist in focusing program efforts. The incumbent participates in the development of innovative approaches to the establishment, enhancement, modification, and/or improvements in a variety of facility programs related to performance improvement/quality management. The incumbent reviews service/section/committee meeting minutes for assessment and improvement activities including findings, recommendations, follow-up actions and evaluations. Also, the incumbent closely monitors and advises services and committees of topics that need to be addressed at meetings in order to meet regulatory or performance standards compliance. The incumbent facilitates and maintains a record tracking system for monitoring a variety of information, potential problem areas and action plans, and coordinates action plans for addressing opportunities for improvement. Evaluates achievement of objectives based on planned levels and actual performance, assesses status, and develops improvement plans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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.

· 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.

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 Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one

eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). 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. 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. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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