Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN-Nurse Manager, Outpatient Surgical Services (OSS) in Palo Alto, California
Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities The OSS Nurse Manager is an accessible nurse leader who reports directly to the Chief Nurse, Surgical and Interventional Procedures Service (SIPS) and is an active member of the SIPS Management Team. The Nurse Manager works in collaboration with the Chief of Surgery, Operating Room Nurse Manager, other Chief of Services and/or Designees, and other members of the heath care disciplines. Incumbent is clinically and administratively responsible to the Chief Nurse, Surgical and Interventional Procedures Service (SIPS). Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm; with flexibility to meet program needs Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: ContactV21 CCOE EDRP ,the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Manages the administration and evaluation of nursing care, program implementation, personnel management and overall operations for Outpatient Surgical Service (OSS) Manages the delivery of quality patient care, including appropriate documentation, employees clinical/performance competency and continuous National and VAPAHCS Performance Improvement Measures, consistent with VAPAHCS mission. Oversees and monitors employee's adherence to VHA Privacy / HIPAA and Information Security rules and regulations. Responsible for direct coordination of staffing, physical facilities, supplies and equipment for nursing services to patients on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis. Responsible for retention and recruitment of highly skilled nursing staff, monitoring changes in workflow, technical and equipment needs, and ensuring a workforce that can adapt to this rapidly changing environment. Responsible for ensuring employees complete mandatory annual and on time facility and nursing training and reviews within mandated time frame. Responsible for ensuring annual Appraisals / Proficiencies are completed, communicated to the employees and submitted in a timely manner. Familiarity with established policies and procedures, administration of the Unit in accordance with The Joint Commission (TJC ) and VHA Policy. Responsible for ensuring staff' compliance with VAPAHCS and unit-based policies and procedures. Knowledgeable in the application and completes reports regarding policy and procedures that include but are not limited to: staffing reconciliation, payroll exceptions, risk management, patient incident and personnel accident, Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and sexual harassment allegations. Participates in designing, implementing, monitoring and revising systems to ensure the cost-effective use of resources including staffing effectiveness and enhance patient care utilizing System Redesign principles. Provides leadership and collaborates with the team to improve and sustain the quality and effectiveness of services to patients in an interdisciplinary setting. Applies professional practice and TJC Standards to program development, analysis, and management. Promotes Evidence Based Practice in all clinical environments to provide / ensure optimal patient care outcomes. Works collaboratively with the SIPS Management Team to identify and promote staff development and enhance staff competencies, and System Redesign initiatives. Collaborates with the Chief Nurse of SIPS for Program Development, Quality Care, Performance Measures and Resource Planning. Maintain an integrated delivery system through expansion of clinical practices. Maintain operational efficiencies through emphasis on safe practices and National Safety. Actively implements Lean principles, supports quality improvement projects and promotes a culture of continuous quality improvement. Support excellence in research, training, education through ongoing competency. Responsible for overall administration and supervision of OSS nursing staff. Other duties as assigned. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must pass pre-employment examination. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to a background/security investigation. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, September 27, 2021. 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. 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. Preferred Criteria: Current BLS provider card Master's Degree in Nursing or related field RN experience to include leadership and administrative skills RN experience to include medical-surgical or outpatient surgical services Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.