This position is located within Quality Safety and Improvement Service, Nursing Service at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System in Phoenix, AZ. Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with functional service lines serving medical, surgical, mental health, and long-term care inpatients and outpatients with an Emergency Department and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) 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. 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. 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. All registered nurses with less than 12-months of RN experience upon entry on duty (EOD) date, will complete a 12-month nurse residency program. The RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program complies with VHA Directive 1077. See https://www.va.gov/NURSING/workforce/RNTTP.asp for details. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Is consultant who works with staff at all organizational levels to assist the organization meet regulatory and accreditation compliance. 1. Continuous Readiness: The Quality Manager will be responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of a continuous readiness program which ensures facility accreditation and compliance with external accrediting standards and internal performance expectations as delineated in VHA guidelines and directives. The Quality Manager will promote a culture of continuous readiness within an enterprise risk management framework, driving improvement and developing processes which support safe and efficient patient care delivery. Achievement of these responsibilities will require strong skills in: the leading of both large and small interdisciplinary groups seeking systems improvement outcomes; teaching; writing; chart review; data extraction, evaluation and trending; electronic data reporting, including development of spreadsheets, tables and graphs; project management skill; presentation development; priority-setting and critical thinking skills. The Quality Manager will coordinate special projects within Quality, Safety, and Improvement Service which promote continuous readiness of the organization and its staff, such as systems tracers and accreditation preparation and survey support. 2. Liaison and Communication: The Quality Manager is administratively responsible to the Chief of Quality, Safety, and Improvement Service and will work in a collegial effort with other Quality, Safety, and Improvement staff members. The incumbent will act as an inside consultant for an array of Quality Management programs. The incumbent is a member of the Quality team that advises top management, service chiefs, and other staff regarding VHA, Joint Commission, Office of Inspector General, Office of the Medical Inspector, and other accrediting/oversight entity requirements and standards. The incumbent will communicate effectively orally and in writing, prepare a variety of reports, brief supervisors and management personnel, and provide training, leadership, and guidance in his/her assigned programs. The incumbent is responsible for translating the policies, regulatory standards and strategies into action within the complex interrelationships that exist related to assigned programs. 3. Management Advisory Responsibilities: Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions. Demonstrated ability to investigate and analyze adverse quality trends or conditions and initiate corrective action. Performs quality management and performance improvement activities in support of system improvements that ultimately are designed to improve quality of care and services provided, customer service activities, or other business procedures used by PVAHCS. The Quality Manager will be assigned special projects and/or special reviews to meet the overall quality management needs of the Quality, Safety, and Improvement Service. 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 to Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.