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Registered Nurse

Company: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System - Olin E
Location: Temple
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Registered Nurse - Patient Safety Specialist Recruitment Incentive Authorized - Temple, Texas

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package:

The Patient Safety Specialist (PSS) will work with the Patient Safety Nurse Manager to provide leadership in maintaining a culture of quality and safety throughout the organization. The Patient Safety Specialist is committed to continuously improving patient safety and reducing healthcare errors. S/he executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of patient safety principles and National Patient Safety Goals required for specific practice settings. S/he performs staff support work in short and long-range planning efforts. The Patient Safety Specialist collaborates with the Patient Safety Nurse Manager and other stakeholders to coordinate employee education activities to ensure effective implementation of CTVHCS' Patient Safety program. This nurse monitors and analyzes changes in mission, goals, new legislation, and technological advances to assess the impact of these changes on work methods/procedures and develops new systems which will address these changes. The Patient Safety Specialist advises and assists the Patient Safety Nurse Manager in the planning, development, and operation of the CTVHCS' program.

Duties Include but are not limited to:

- Being the facility's key person to help build and implement patient safety systems and promote the culture of safety within VA facilities and for VA patients in all healthcare settings by establishing criteria for internal reviews.
- Engaging, collaborating, consulting, coaching and integrating with service lines to provide the safest, most effective and efficient results. Knowledge of electronic applications, as applicable, for data entry, report/document development, and report generation.
- Leading interdisciplinary teams and work groups. Sharing expertise and providing education using project and or change management techniques.
- Continuous improvement, benchmarking, learning and discovery are keys in providing excellence and value for patient centered care.
- Works to create a safe patient environment by disseminating patient alerts and lessons learned regarding effective system modifications from Root Cause Analysis, Evidence Based resources and other health care facilities.
- Providing technical expertise in the field of healthcare planning and comprehensive advice and assistance to management regarding possible need for revision of regulations and policies governing patient safety activities to meet healthcare delivery needs.
- Providing comprehensive evaluation and improvement of clinical practice and health care delivery systems to improve patient safety, including individuals, significant others and/or communities. Practice is based on current and anticipated trends in healthcare.
- Provides leadership and has continuing responsibility for the development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Falls program and serves as a resource to the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System for Process Improvement, Patient Safety, and Quality Management. Works with all services to develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate Falls program goals, to include planning and initiating systems and process changes across the organization encompassing all services.

The Patient Safety Specialist develops and coordinates educational programs for all staff, including providing oversight for Falls program, New Employee Orientation, and related activities. The incumbent develops CTVHCS policies, procedures, protocols, etc. as needed to support the reduction of falls throughout the organization inclusive of remote clinical setting; hence, some travel will be required of this position. The incumbent participates in and collaborates with the Safe Patient Handling RN to provide oversight of equipment selection and purchases to meet current and future fall reduction needs and the promotion of safe patient handling, while ensuring compliance with performance measures, clinical standards, and standards of accrediting bodies.

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
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: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment Incentive Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Keywords: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System - Olin E, Temple , Registered Nurse , Human Resources , Temple, Texas

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