The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System seeks a full-time Registered Nurse to serve as our Patient Safety Manager. The selectee will report directly to the Chief of Quality and Patient Safety in the office of the Executive Director. The Patient Safety Manager provides the systems thinking and analytical approach to support the organizational oversight of all Patient Safety activities within the facility and all associated care locations. 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: National Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) and Master's degree in Nursing, Public Health, or relevant field 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. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: 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); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted. ["The Patient Safety RN's responsibilities/duties include: Responsible for all aspects of the Patient Safety program which establishes, maintains, and monitors standards, communicates ideas, develops and implements policies, manages programs and systems related to Patient Safety, as directed by the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) and the Joint Commission. Promotes Just Culture and High Reliability concepts in a culture of safety within the system and partners with clinical and operational support staff to improve system processes. Serves as the primary resource within the organization to monitor and facilitate compliance with the protected Patient Safety process outlined in VHA Directive 1050.01 VHA Quality and Patient Safety Programs; to include monitoring, tracking, and trending of patient safety data. Investigates and researches occurrences of adverse events as reported via Incident Reports (e.g., Fall Prevention, Medication Errors, near misses, etc.). Provides useable, relevant data to the organization about results, issues, and progress in patient safety and risk mitigation and applies rigorous systematic, data driven continuous improvement approaches to process and system redesign. Ensures adherence to National Patient Safety Goals established by The Joint Commission and promulgated within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Partners with the Peer Review Program and Risk Manager to coordinate organizational risk management. Leads Organizational Risk Assessments, Risk Mitigation and Safety Improvements through frequent updates to facility Leadership and other appropriate staff. Conducts Proactive Risk Assessment (PRA) as required by NCPS and TJC. Directs an organizational approach to completion of Root Cause Analyses (RCA's) and the resulting systems improvement. Collaborates to ensure implementation and evaluation of approved recommendations. Completes reports and responses for the National VA PS Program (alerts, advisories, etc) Actively represents Patient Safety on various committees, councils, teams and the facility Quality Board. Provides Patient Safety education within NVAHCS, and partners with education and management to embed patient safety approaches in department/unit activities and processes. Participates on the Multidisciplinary Inspection Team for Mental Health Prepares an annual evaluative report detailing Patient Safety activities and progress. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards 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, Flexible, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm or 7:00 am - 3:30 pm or 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. Telework: May be allowed per agency policy Travel: Occasional"]
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.