Registered Nurse (RN) - Veterans Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse

Iowa City, IA
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The major duties of the Registered Nurse - Veteran Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse include, but, are not limited to:

  • Serves as Vista Surgery Package subject-matter expert for VASQIP data collection.
  • Data mining, data analysis, and data entry for surgical quality data.
  • Ensures accurate VASQIP data submission process (data entry, interpretation, and timely transmission of the data to the NSO).
  • Managing programmatic issues related to surgical data.
  • Maintaining competency in VASQIP definitions and chart review processes.
  • Participating in VHA facility mortality and morbidity reviews.
  • Collaborating regularly with the Quality Management Director and Chief of Surgery regarding surgical data and programs, regardless of the specific department to which he/she organizationally reports.
  • Develops and maintains expertise/certification in area of practice through attendance at continuing education sessions, conferences and workshops.
  • Analyzes and evaluates, the effectiveness of programs or operations in meeting established goals, objectives and compliance with VHA policy, The Joint Commission standards and other internal and external regulatory agency requirements. Monitors and analyzes program surgical performance data to determine program effectiveness and identify opportunities for program improvement.
  • Develops and leads educational activities to enhance VASQIP program. This includes New Employee Orientation, Resident Orientation, and ongoing education for staff at all levels throughout the organization.
  • Serves content expert and advocate for VASQIP.
  • Serves as resource/consultant on facility and Network committees/task forces that focus on surgery, performance improvement, and policy/procedure development.
  • Assists facility leadership in the setting of institutional priorities related to the VASQIP.
  • Organizational Analysis: Collects, aggregates, and trends data for VASQIP and Surgical Committees. Evaluates processes or makes recommendations based on data for effective organizational changes. Performs organizational analysis and utilizes current trends and relevant theory to identify, analyze and resolve problem areas for the Surgery Program.
  • Serves as a member of the Facility Surgical Workgroup, Surgical Morbidity and Mortality, and VISN Facility Surgical Workgroup Committee.
  • Serves as the facility consultant and subject matter expert regarding: Surgical data and outcomes.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday,7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: RN Veterans Affairs Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) Surgical Quality Nurse, #000000

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. 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)
  • 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:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. ICVAHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and transplant inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. 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 will be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations during 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 calm, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1986549.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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