The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) has a Master's degree with Clinical Nurse Leader certification and is an active member of the multidisciplinary team, collaborating in the development, execution, and evaluation of the plan of care. The Clinical Nurse Leader works on a medical-surgical unit and is responsible for demonstrating leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care. Duties and or responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: Evaluates and improves patient outcomes, assessing cohort risk, using the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. This clinician functions as part of an inter-professional team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other healthcare professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide cost effective care this includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population, as well as issues related specifically to the Veteran population. Uses high reliability principles and a complexity science approach to advance a relational unit culture, enhance leadership and growth of the members of the unit, and apply insights for implementation effectiveness. Work to improve patient outcomes/efficiency through nurse-sensitive indicators such as fall prevention, patient flow, infection prevention, pressure ulcer prevention, medication errors, etc. Educates staff on current nursing practice and treatment modalities for patients in the assigned practice setting. Reviews current clinical literature and implement new best practices. Serves as an active member of the multidisciplinary team and collaborates in the development, execution, and evaluation of the plan of care. Considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering care. Responsible and accountable for maintaining BLS / ACLS and all mandatory requirements for assigned area and will perform activities that reflect the educational, experiential and competency requirements outlined in the following dimensions. Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the program or service level. Utilizes nursing process as a basis for systematic and creative management of patients/systems or processes at the program or service level. Integrates biopsychosocial concepts, cognitive skills, cultural, spiritual and age-specific patient characteristics to provide holistic care. Applies advance knowledge, specialized technical skills and experience in improving patient outcome or outcomes of the program/service. Delegates assignments consistent with personal's abilities and patients needs. Establishes priorities according to timely achievement of program/service goals and objectives. Demonstrates advance knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient population in accordance with the area of assignment, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs and to provide the care needed. Uses sound clinical judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting and evaluating patient care at the program or service level. Uses automated information system appropriately and maintains security in compliance with Medical Center policy. Demonstrates sensitivity to the cultural values and beliefs of patients and staff. Supports the facility's EEO/affirmative action programs by executing assigned duties and responsibilities in a professional manner. Identifies ethical issues and initiates open discussions addressing those issues related to patient care. Guides staff in resolving complicated ethical dilemmas. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Current American Heart Association Advanced Life Support. 3-5 years of recent clinical experience in a Medical-Surgical Unit or Intensive Care Unit. ANCC Certification (e.g., Medical Surgical or CCRN certification). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 08:00 AM-04:30 PM. 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.