Registered Nurse (PI Coordinator)

Location
Birmingham, AL
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 29, 2018
Closes
Feb 28, 2018
Specialty
ICU / CCU
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Birmingham VA Medical Center is seeking a highly qualified Registered Nurse to serve as the Performance Improvement Coordinator assigned under the Patient Care Service. The selected PI Coordinator provides leadership in the application of nursing process to client care levels. He/she recognizes deviations through identifying and addressing quality, efficiency, and ethical issues as appropriate. The incumbent makes decisions with minimum guidance and manages program resources with efficiency and effectively. Responsible for providing support and leadership in quality and performance management processes with critical role in the identification, prioritization, and coordination of improvement, and re-engineering activities to promote value, safety, quality and efficiency. PI Coordinator works collaboratively with clinical and administrative services to develop, implement, modify, and sustain quality management plans, facilitate performance and process improvement, and correlate interrelated activities to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Other duties and responsibilities include but are limited to:

  • Supports the organization-wide, integrated framework for quality, safety, and value as defined in VHA Directive 1006, VHA Enterprise Framework for Quality, Safety, and Value.
  • Develops and maintains improvements and foster an organization-wide culture of integrity and accountability that is vigilant and mindful; proactively risk aware, highly reliable, predictable, and seeks to continuously improve.
  • Supports a comprehensive, organized, continuous readiness program to review and identify opportunities for improvement in order to achieve excellence in the quality and safety care, treatment, and services provided to patients.
  • Reviews all performance improvement data for assigned areas and assists responsible staff in initiating/facilities appropriate action based on VA guidance.
  • Provides clinical expertise and consultation to assist in data driven decision-making and performance improvement matters.
  • Conducts regular training sessions for employees to learn improvement strategies and tools and engage in improvement activities.
  • Guides team members in mapping and flow processes.
  • Develops policy guidance, motivational materials, and information to facilitate staff compliance with required implementation of changes.
  • Maintains data components and records associated in each Improvement team, which includes the tracking and trending of data, aggregating into reports, ensuring compliance with established timeframes, and facilitating improvement actions.
  • Consistently protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Action of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, statues and policy, and VHA policy.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with flexibility to meet patient care demands

Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic 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:
  • Master's Degree in Nursing
  • Current BLS certification
  • Administrative, clinical management and/or supervisory experience in the health care field
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful nursing practice in the ambulatory care, intensive care and/or acute care setting
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience and demonstrated knowledge in the application of VISTA, CPRS, & BCMA computer programs
  • Documented evidence in utilizing, developing and implementing nursing data to drive and improve patient outcomes
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal relationship skills
  • Demonstrated skills in all aspects of oral and written communications
  • Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible; including flexibility in assignment and time scheduling
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: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.

The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity (glasses permitted), keen hearing (hearing aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (up to 8 hours), standing (up to 8 hours), stooping, sitting, bending (up to 8 hours), pulling, and pushing. Light lifting under 15 lbs. Light carrying 15-44 lbs. 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. Use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. 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.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 2850a
  • Resume
  • Transcript
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . Application must be signed and dated within 12 months. The application must contain updated information, i.e., licensure expiration dates.

Comprehensive Resume. You are encouraged to build your resume using the Resume Builder on www.USAJbos.gov website, but if you choose to use your own r?Å sum?Å , then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications;

SF50-B, Notification of Personnel Action must be submitted IF you are a current permanent Federal employee. SF50 must include (at a minimum) position title, tenure, grade, step and salary. SF50 must be dated 01/07/2018 or later. Do not submit PERFORMANCE AWARD SF50s. The SF50 may be downloaded from your electronic-Official Personnel Folder (e-OPF).

Unofficial Transcript should include at a minimum the student's name, college / university attended, degree and date degree conferred.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 2850a
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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