The Registered Nurse Patient Safety Manager has responsibility for the oversight and coordination of the Patient Safety Program facility wide including all off site locations. The incumbent is directly responsible for day to day coordination, implementation, leading, facilitating, and/or providing education. 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. Preferred Experience: 5-10 years increasingly complex nursing practice in acute care setting (Nursing Experience, inpatient general medicine/surgery/mental health outpatient, home care) LS certification Reading, interpreting, and analyzing VHA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) guidance or National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG); The Joint Commission (TJC), Office of Inspector General (OIG) and National Surgical Office (NSO) standards or regulation Experience developing Facility Wide Policies, Standard Operating Procedures and Action Plans Experience preparing Action Item responses, Facility wide Memorandums, Annual Report, and other administrative program support documents. Knowledge of QM/Patient Safety confidentiality requirements, clinical ethics, privacy and cyber security requirements 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 and approximately 2-3 year's 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 potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, 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, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The RN Patient Safety Manager (PSM) ensures delivery of safe high-quality patient centered care facility wide including all offsite locations. They are responsible for influencing and promoting a High Reliability Organizational (HRO) culture in the continued mission to provide safe, quality healthcare to our Veteran service population. The incumbent provides guidance and staff education with the Joint Patient Safety Reporting (JPSR) reporting system. Other duties include but are not limited to: Maintain close collaborative relationships or partnerships with HRO leaders, QM Risk Managers, QM Peer Review Coordinator, and other Leaders. Independently manage, plan, design, integrate, implement, modify, and evaluate effectiveness of the Patient Safety Program Frequent interactions with Leadership including service chiefs, middle managers and employees in clinical positions and with the Network Patient Safety Officer Develop process to assure that all required patient safety information is procured and acted upon to meet expectations of the facility, VISN, VHA National Center for Patient Safety, The Joint Commission, National Surgical Office, Office of Inspector General, or other external organizations Competently complete required hospital Environment of Care rounds and tracers Coordinate, implement, lead, facilitate, provide day to day education with Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis and Root Cause Analysis Oversee assignment and timely completion of Patient Safety Alerts and/or Advisory Notices and Sentinel Event Alerts Handle Patient Safety Concerns, investigations, or follow-up actions directly related to JPSR's or other concerns to include but not limited to: missing patients, surgical critical incident tracking notification events Serve as active member on numerous Medical Center and Network Committees, or collaborative workgroups most relevant to patient safety program or clinical expertise Other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.