- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
- Doctoral Degree
- Associate's Degree
- Quality Management
- Nursing Experience
- Medical Terminology
The incumbent will be responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of a continuous readiness program which ensures facility accreditation and compliance with external accrediting standards and internal performance expectations as delineated in VHA guidelines and directives. The incumbent will promote a culture of continuous readiness within an enterprise risk management framework, driving improvement and developing processes which support safe and efficient patient care delivery.
Uses clinical knowledge to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of clinical performance within the facility, using data collected by internal and external monitoring processes.Relays this information to clinical leadership and senior leaders.
Uses clinical knowledge to provide day-to-day evaluation of situations which might not meet accreditation and VHA standards, implementing strategies to develop performance improvement plans. Promotes sustainability of said plans.
Uses clinical knowledge to complete individual quality reviews and/or case assessments to determine which improvement efforts are necessary to improve care delivery.Implements relevant improvement strategies, which may include, but are not limited to, one-on-one teaching, group educational sessions, and process redesign, and /or review.
Possesses a thorough working knowledge of the directives, policies, and performance standards of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) arm of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Possesses a thorough working knowledge of The Joint Commission and other oversight agency standards, such as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Long Term Care Institute (LTCI), the Office of the VA Inspector General and its Combined Assessment Program (OIG-CAP), and a host of other accrediting agencies as they relate to the enterprise risk-management framework.
Utilizes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, medical and nursing diagnoses, reading and interpreting orders, lab values, progress notes, medications, and treatment plans, to be able to determine and discuss the appropriateness of health care provided by various health care professionals at VANCHCS.
Responsible for translating theories, strategies, and national policies into action within the complex interrelationships that exist related to continuous readiness.
Leads, directs, and assists healthcare system staff in the preparation and successful completion of external accreditation surveys.
Sits on various health care system committees as mandated by VHA and/or local policy.
Chairs committees or ad hoc groups aimed at accreditation preparation, continuous readiness, and/or meeting facility performance standards.
Works with staff throughout the healthcare system to develop corrective action plans which address deficiencies in practice and opportunities for improvement.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position across VANCHCS sites of care.
Job family (Series)
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Specialists, Clinical Nurse
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
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.
5 years of experience as a Registered Nurse
Master's degree in nursing or related field
Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or a Clinical Nurse Leader
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP)
Prior experience in Quality Management or Systems Redesign
Extensive experience with accreditation and/or regulatory compliance
Certification in lean management (green belt or black belt training)
Prior experience in teaching (as a faculty member at a college or university)
Strong writing and communication skills
Adaptable with changing priorities
The ideal incumbent will have a background and working knowledge of health care delivery and quality management/performance improvement principles. Experience in accreditation preparation and driving systems change is preferred. Clinical training and experience is an asset and must include knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and medical and nursing diagnoses.The incumbent must have knowledge in areas of accepted standards of health care delivery; standards and methods of documentation of patient care; standards and methods of evaluation of patient care; medical record analysis for appropriateness of safe care; systems theory; and data extraction, evaluation, and reporting techniques.
The idea incumbent should be competent in interpersonal skills to collaborate with all disciplines in promoting safe and quality health care.The incumbent should possess the ability to listen effectively, educate, negotiate, develop rapport, and promote a cooperative working relationship with all levels of employees, not only within the Quality Management Service and Director's Office but throughout VANCHCS, the VISN, and the public health care community.
The incumbent should have the ability to function in an independent and self-directed role.
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.
The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The work involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working with risk of exposure to contagious disease, radiation, or infection or in working with emotionally disturbed patients. Precautions are routine for nearly all situations. Nurses may be required to use protective clothing or gear.
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 .
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.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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 .
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . REQUIRED AND MUST BE CURRENT AS OF LAST 12 MONTHS.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
Service Connected Disability Letter
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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