Nurse Manager- ICU

Location
Phoenix, AZ
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 30, 2018
Closes
Feb 28, 2018
Specialty
ICU / CCU, Managerial
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

A full time position for a Nurse Manager (NM) exists in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Specialty & Critical Care Service. The ICU Nurse Manager reports to the Chief Nurse for Specialty. He/she is the designated first-line supervisor with the authority, responsibility, and accountability for the 24/7 operations of the intensive care unit, ensuring that subordinate personnel provide timely nursing care which complies with generally accepted standards of clinical practice. He/she has the continuing responsibility for all the following functions: (1) Planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, setting priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work; (2) Assigning work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of subordinates; (3) Evaluating the performance of subordinates; (4) Making recommendations for appointments, advancements or reassignments of subordinates; (5) Giving advice, counsel, or instruction to subordinate personnel on work and administrative matters; (6) Hearing and resolving complaints of subordinates and referring more serious complaints not resolved to higher level supervisors; (7) Recommending and/or taking disciplinary action where appropriate; and (8) Identifying developmental and training needs of subordinates and providing or making provision for such development and training.

The Nurse Manager of the ICU is responsible for maintaining continuous accreditation readiness. He/she is responsible for performance improvement data, customer service/patient satisfaction, patient and employee safety, interviewing applicants, employee relations, standards of care and practice, the work environment, and accreditation and regulatory standards. He/she actively develops and manages collaborative partnerships with physicians and other clinicians. He/she is responsible for staffing the unit on a continual basis (24/7), ensures staffing meets established nursing hours per patient day requirements, and works with other Nurse Managers to identify and share resources. He/she participates on service and medical center committees and task forces to improve nursing practice and patient care. Responsible for time scheduling of the unit, coaches staff, deals with employee conduct and performance issues, completes recurring reports and performance evaluations in a timely manner. He/she Identifies educational needs of staff and ensures that these needs are addressed. He/she has an integral role in supporting and facilitating student nurse clinical experiences. He/she works in partnership with the union and adheres to EEO principles. In the absence of a Nurse Manager, a cross-covering Nurse Manager will be designated to handle administrative and clinical issues, such as staffing coverage, granting leave, and patient and/or staff issues.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8 hour tours. Nurse Manager is responsible for the unit 24 hrs/day which may include rotating days off, rotating tours of duty, and/or weekend and holiday coverage, dependent on shift coverage.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Functional Statement: Nurse Manager, ICU
Bargaining Unit: Exempt
Relocation Incentive/Expenses: Not authorized

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.
  • 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: the following education and experience is preferred:
- Master's in Science of Nursing (MSN).
- Three years of successful nursing practice with progressive growth and an increasing level of responsibility.
- Two years of this practice in intensive care, telemetry, and/or step down unit preferred.
- Prior Nurse Manager experience
- Knowledge of Case Management, Utilization Review and/or Purchased Care concepts.
- Demonstrated ability to perform duties in accordance with the VA Standards of care.
- Ability to easily establish and maintain good interpersonal relationship and communication with physicians, staff, patients, and their significant others.
- Self-directed with strong organizational skills.
- Independent in goal setting and in the management of complex client, health care provider, and facility situations
- Documented evidence of high satisfactory performance and dependability.
- Demonstrates diplomacy and professionalism
- Possess a working knowledge of quality management principles, Joint Commission requirements
- Demonstrates effective data management.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Advanced computer knowledge and skills highly recommended.


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.
  • NOTE: If an current VA employee is selected, the employee will reassign at their current grade. Two additinal steps will be added for serving in a nurse manager capacity.
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: Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/25 or better. Ability to distinguish shades of color is not required but would be beneficial. Incumbent will sit, type, walk and talk with staff, manage databases. S/He should be able to carry 20 lbs for long distances in extreme heat on an intermittent basis. The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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

1. CV or Resume (required). Your CV or Resume must include starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information.

2. 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.

3. To receive consideration as a Veteran, you must submit the proper documentation (required): Include all copies of your DD 214 forms, or statement of service signed by the commander that shows all dates of service as well as character of discharge (i.e., honorable, etc.). More than one DD214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) with required documentation as stated on the form.

4. If you are a current or former Federal employee. If you are a current or prior federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. The SF50 should indicate your Pay Plan, Grade or Level, Step, and tenure. This may not always be your last SF-50, you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

5. Latest Performance Appraisal (optional but highly recommended).

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