One position for either Murfreesboro or Nashville, location to be determined by applicant and/or management. The Quality Specialist Nurse serves as an expert practitioner whose practice encompasses a wide range of responsibility and accountability. The RN Quality Specialist will support one or more clinical areas such as Primary Care and Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Mental Health, Surgery, Medicine, Geriatrics and Extended Care, or other specialty areas. 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 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). The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. 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: Quality related certifications to include but not limited to Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Certified InterQual instructor, Certified Professional in-Patient Safety, and Lean Six Sigma or other process improvement certifications (Yellow, Green, or Black Belt). Experience in Quality, Patient Safety, Healthcare Accreditation Inspections (i.e., TJC, CARF, etc.). Experience as a Supervisor, Nurse Manager, Program Manager, or Educator/Trainer also preferred. Clinical experience in Surgery or Long-Term Care/Geriatrics 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, ["Duties: The RN Quality Specialist executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care. The Quality Specialist will support one or more clinical areas such as Primary Care and Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Mental Health, Surgery, Medicine, Geriatrics and Extended Care, or other specialty areas. Duties include, but are not limited to: The Quality Specialist meets the scope and qualifying standards for all dimensions of a Nurse II/III. Demonstrates knowledge of and appropriate response to requirements, reviews and findings of Joint Commission Standards, Patient Safety Standards, and other regulatory agencies. Acts as consultant to Nursing and Medical Center Leadership for program specific standards and requirements such as TJC, OIG, CARF, LTC, and other regulatory agencies as necessary Demonstrates the ability to evaluate requirements, reviews and findings and identify appropriate actions, plans, goals, and implementation strategies to support performance improvement. Facilitates Continuous Process Improvement Teams and work groups as assigned including outside agency action plan workgroups. Participates in Root Cause Analysis Administrative Boards of Investigation, or others as assigned. Assures timely completion of all work assigned. Provides direction and education to group members to assure compliance with guidelines and charges of group assignment. Coordinates and provides support to the agency and to all regulatory and inspection teams in preparation for and during site visits. (NY67 pay scale) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards 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 -Friday Day hours as needed by the service Telework: Not eligible Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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