Accreditation Nurse Specialist

Location
Perry Point, MD
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Oct 16, 2019
Closes
Nov 15, 2019
Specialty
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Accreditation Nurse Specialist (ANS) works collaboratively with physicians, nursing staff, quality improvement, clinical review, residents and families, and community organizations to meet compliance and evaluate care for geriatric residents based on the standards set forth at the local, regional, and national level for CLCs. The ANS develops, reviews, and revises protocols, policies, procedures and processes specific to targeted standards. The ANS provides oversight and audits compliance with core program standards developed to meet quality for community living performance measures (e.g. Cultural Change) based upon evidence-based practice and VA Directives. The ANS leads survey teams, project work groups, and task forces as necessary to achieve program standards and requirements consistently.
The incumbent coordinates all aspects of survey readiness within the Community Living Center, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of standard compliance. He/she provides developmental/educational opportunities for staff to acquire appropriate nursing and assessment skills, including technical expertise required for regulatory compliance. Additionally, he/she is responsible for training all interdisciplinary staff regarding the restorative community living processes to ensure compliance with national and facility policies, protocols, and guidelines. He/she identifies problem areas for monitoring and evaluation, recommending practice changes based on survey findings and best practices.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am-4pm
Functional Statement#:
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Telework Eligibility: No

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.
  • Proficient in speaking, reading, and understanding the English language.
  • Physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience with the long-term care accreditation process
  • 3 years of recent long-term care experience
  • Prior leadership experience

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: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
    • Resume
  • Current Federal Employees are required to upload their most recent non award SF-50.

Application - VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf

Resume -
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, hours worked per week and the dates of employment with a detailed description of the duties performed (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • If you are claiming licensure, you must include the License Type, Expiration date, Licensure Number.
  • If you are using education and or certifications, this information must be clearly stated in the body of your resume. You must include Name, School and type of Degree and Year of Graduation, certifications must include certifying body, certification number and expiration of certification. Credentials beside your name will not be used to meet best qualified qualifications.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

Unofficial transcript (Note: if selected for position, official transcripts will be required)

Resumes must be clear and concise; no assumptions will be made.

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 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

If currently employed in the VA system or another Government agency, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action

If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

Unofficial transcripts(s)-official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired; if applicable, supporting documentation from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

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