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Registered Nurse (Patient Safety Manager)

  • Assists in development of program objectives and operating procedures and changes thereto.
  • Works independently in prioritizing, planning, and determining methods to accomplish work assignments within the parameters of existing policies, procedures, and operating instructions.
  • Responsible for the articulation of the Patient Safety Program; Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (HFMEA) and adverse events.
  • Assures effective implementation and education to staff on the Joint Commission Patient Safety Standards.
  • Coordinates day-to-day activities of the Office of Quality, Safety & Value involving patient safety activities. Develops, assists others to develop practice guides and standards for continuous improvement in care.
  • Manages/supervises maintenance of data, records, and correspondence related to the Patient Safety Program.
  • Assumes leadership role and fosters accountability in others for patient safety, professional practice and improvement of patient care.
  • Develops data collection tools, analyzes results, develops and distributes reports related to patient safety.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary groups to identify areas for improvement for patient safety issues.
  • Exercises judgment and ingenuity in evaluating health care operating programs and systems with regards to patient safety.
  • Projects and prepares review schedules, conducts reviews, interacts with operating management.
  • Develops strategies to support leadership in proactive planning to improve the patient safety program.
  • Reviews recommendations by all RCA and HFMEA groups and assists leadership in assessing feasibility of these recommendations.
  • Actively involved in evaluating practice for a program or service, based on established professional, community or regulatory standards (i. e. Joint Commission) and recommending/implementing changes to meet those standards.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends in nursing and health care administration and incorporates current concepts into practice.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.
Preferred Experience: At least 2 years of direct experience with working within Patient Safety conducting RCAs, HFEMEA and providing oversight of the National Center Patient Safety Goals. Also preferred is direct experience with the preparation and follow up of a Joint Commission Survey.
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: The incumbent may be required to lift 45 pounds or more, walk as much as six hours of an assigned tour of duty, stand for as much as two hours during tour of duty with repeated bending. Vision requirements for both eyes 20/30 or better with color discrimination. The incumbent must possess sound and logical clinical judgment.

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