The Patient Safety Manager collaborates across service lines and departments and with diverse disciplines in order to ensure the delivery of safe patient care and works to assure continuous survey readiness, compliance with national office program requirements and compliance with National Patient Safety Goals. 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. 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: Duties are performed throughout the medical center and the community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). This position involves the frequent use of office equipment to include the telephone, copier, computer, and printer. Visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity are essential. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and carrying of items up to 20 pounds (medical records, laptops, manuals, etc.). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent is expected to use proper ergonomic techniques to perform duties, maintain a safe working environment and adhere to infection control practices. S/he may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing as appropriate. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders which may cause discomfort related to negative verbal and physical activities from these patients. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Communicates with appropriate staff regarding the identification of safety and risk issues. Manages databases (JPSR, SPOT, PSAT, Alerts and Recalls, etc.) including entering data and pulling reports to assist the facility in decreasing adverse events. Participates in activities related to patient safety such as leading and advising Root Cause Analysis (RCA) teams, the completion of Proactive Risk Assessments (PRAs), tracking of alerts and recalls, and action plans related to either potential or actual adverse events. Responsible for the documented outcomes in the Patient Safety program as created and directed by the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS). Participates in organizational review processes, both clinical and administrative and actively participates in the systematic analysis of a wide variety of data. Collaborates with medical center leadership, risk management, and staff to proactively identify the potential for risk and to develop and implement remedies to prevent untoward events. Coordinates and ensures timely follow up and investigation of adverse events and near misses to facilitate the development and implementation of action plans designed to prevent reoccurrence. Supports and actively participates in initiatives such as High Reliability Organization (HRO), Clinical Team Training (CTT), Just Culture, and Patient-Centered Care. Collects, analyzes and reports aggregate patient safety data. Educating staff, other professional and supportive personnel in the area of patient safety. Required to travel for Environment of Care (EOC) rounds. Other duties as assigned. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Telework: Ad-HOC telework is available to highly qualified candidates. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.