RN (Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Internal Number: 712110900
Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership experience, and creative approaches in safe patient handling and mobility. The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Coordinator must collaborate, elicit support and network with interdisciplinary personnel, SPHM experts/resources outside the facility and the VA Safety Center and equipment vendors. 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: Minimum of 5 years professional nursing practice Evidence of increased responsibilities and/or leadership roles. Lean/Six Sigma Yellow Belt trained/certified and proof of activate YELLOW belt process improvement projects. Demonstrated record of exemplary leadership skills . Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Record of dependability and accountability. Nursing practice demonstrating clinical progression in scope and accountability. Effective and appropriate professional interpersonal interactions. Proven track record of follow through and dependability. MSN preferred. 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Light Carrying (under5 lbs); Straight Pulling (1 hour); Pushing (1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8-12 hours); Standing (up to 8-12 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Climbing, legs only (1 hour); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" so Jaeger 1 to 4; Mental and emotional stability; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eye required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic color; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The SPHM Coordinator is directly accountable to the Associate Chief Nurse and indirectly to Associate Director Patient Care Services for their professional practice and administrative performance. The supervisor and SPHM Coordinator will develop a mutually acceptable project plan which typically includes identification of the task to be accomplished, the scope of the project, and deadlines for its completion. Within the parameters of the SPHM program, the incumbent is responsible for planning and organizing the work, estimating costs and requirements, coordinating with staff and line supervisors potentially controversial findings, issues, or problems with widespread impact. Completed projects, evaluation, reports, or recommendations are reviewed by the supervisor for compatibility with overall organization goals, guidelines, and effectiveness in achieving intended objectives. Incumbent will work independently without daily close supervision; and as such maintain SPHM Programs on an ongoing basis. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Provide leadership and assume continuing responsibility for the development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Safe Patient Handling Program (SPH) at the organizational level. This includes integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities. The SPHM FC works under the direction of facility leadership and with interdisciplinary teams to develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate SPH goals and processes across the organization, with VISN SPHM experts, and manufacturers of patient lifting equipment. The SPH Coordinator provides oversight of equipment selection and purchases to meet current and future needs for safe patient handling, while ensuring compliance with performance measures and clinical standards. Provide education and training related to SPH for multiple stakeholder groups. He/she promotes evidence-based practice for SPH Program in all clinical settings and evaluates program outcomes with the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Safety, and Facilities Management. 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 - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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