The RN, Patient Safety Specialist is a registered professional nurse, qualified by education and experience to monitor and evaluate clinical and administrative processes for the safe delivery of patient care throughout all applicable departments of the Medical Center through an integrated Quality Management Program that includes Risk Management, Peer Review, and Patient Safety Programs. Recruitment/relocation incentive has been authorized for Eligible, highly qualified applicants. 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: Minimum 3-5 years of full time complex nursing experience with at least one year of experience in quality management, risk management, patient safety or other similar improvement programs preferred. Bachelor of Science in nursing/ Master's Degree in Nursing or related field (preferred). Specialized training and/or certification is preferred (such as certification in patient safety). 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, kneeling, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards *** THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO ALL US CITIZENS. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEE, PLEASE APPLY UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT CBTC-11592248-22-CAF*** The Registered Nurse, Patient Safety Specialist works under and reports to the Chief of Quality Management Service Line. The Registered Nurse, Patient Safety Specialist takes guidance from the Patient Safety Manager on the overall program and provides leadership in the application of safe patient practices to patient care, organizational processes, and/or systems. They contribute to the improvement of safe delivery of patient care, productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency in medical center functions. The Patient Safety Specialist helps build and implement safety systems and promotes the culture of safety within the organization. They ensure the medical center is in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards and directives related to patient safety. The Patient Safety Specialist participates in rounds, surveys, and other local activities, and oversees the process for implementation and completion of RCA and HFMEA teams within the organization. The Patient Safety Specialist supports Near Miss (Great Catch Award) and the actual adverse event reporting system. The RN, Patient Safety Specialist is a proficient nurse who understands a situation as a whole and perceives its meaning in terms of long-term goals. The proficient nurse learns from experience what typical events to expect in a given situation and how plans need to be modified in response to these events. The Patient Safety Specialist, RN demonstrates performance and leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. They are self-directed and have a global understanding of how their area(s) of responsibility support the system's mission and vision. They demonstrate sound decision-making and judgment and possess excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills. The Patient Safety Specialist has a global understanding of how their area(s) of responsibility supports the system's mission and vision.\nThe Registered Nurse (Patient Safety Specialist) duties include but not limited to: Responsible for the planning, organization, and evaluation of effectiveness related to clinical, informatics, and/or administrative process changes Analyzes issues impeding change, developing corrective actions to expedite change, and assuring optimum utilization of available resources to maintain a climate conducive to quality patient care and employee satisfaction. Functions as a formal and informal educator Serves as a liaison between internal and external customers Supports factors that impact customer satisfaction, considering the client population, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Influence care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday - Friday 0730-1600\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment/relocation incentive has been authorized for Eligible, highly qualified applicants.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory"]
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