Project Legacy Statement:
Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that’s just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more!
Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a Lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become “one team creating the perfect patient experience”so that we may honor Veterans and their families.
We’re in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America’s heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up. Create history with us and join our team!
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To learn more about Project Legacy, the project to design and build a new medical center to replace the one damaged from Hurricane Katrina, visit http://www.neworleans.va.gov/Project_Legacy.asp
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Note: The two (2) vacancies are within the Quality Management program: one vacancy exists for a QMS focus area of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) services; one vacancy exists for a QMS focus area of Behavioral Health.
For Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) QMS:
Geriatrics and Extended Care QMS will educate staff on Long Term Care standards including but not limited to Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) F-tags, survey readiness for Long Term Care Institute (LTCI), promote cultural transformation initiatives in the inpatient Transitional Living settings of the Community Living Center, conduct tracers and other continuous readiness activities including system tracers between other service areas of the health care system and the inpatient and outpatient long term care programs of the VA, Contracted Nursing Homes and associated GEC programs and services. The QMS for GEC will evaluate Minimum Data Set (MDS), Resource Utilization Group (RUG) scores, 802 reports and associated quality indicators specific to the long term care setting.
For Behavioral Health (BH) QMS:
Behavioral Health QMS will educate staff on accreditation standards for The Joint Commission Hospital and Behavioral Health Standards and Elements of Performance, The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards for applicable Behavioral Health Programs, promote activities that support successful achievement of performance goals for existing and forthcoming metrics and measures including HEDIS and ORYX measures, EPRP performance measures, SAIL data and other associated measures of quality, safety and value.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Coordinates quality and performance improvement systems for Geriatrics and Extended Care or Behavioral Healththat promote the ongoing pursuit of clinical excellence consistent with VHA-national, VISN and SLVHCS goals and organizational priorities, accreditation standards and associated regulatory guidelines.
- Monitors and evaluates of care and services through established performance measurement systems; development of robust performance inpatient care, tools, and strategies;and leading or participating in workgroups or other special projects in support ofhigh reliability in care treatment and services of the medical center.
- Provides clinical and administrative recommendations for continuous readiness and rapid improvement as an approach to achieving the principals of high reliability in GEC or BH.
- Utilizes a wide range of analytical and evaluative methods and techniques in providing consultation to medical center and network leadership that supports the mission, vision, values, strategic plan, and organizational priorities.
- Develops and implements processes and performance improvement systems to support team-based care and promote personalized, proactive, and patient-driven health care to Veterans.
- Develops and coordinates; user-friendly tools and strategies to sustain and spread improvement.
- Provides leadership in the development or modification of service delivery processes to support the successful implementation of clinical programs and services.
- Performs systems tracersactively participating in Medical Center reviews such as The Joint Commission (TJC) surveys, CARF, Long Term Care Institute and other external audits and reviews that evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of services provided to veterans.
- Exercises critical judgment in other aspects of program review and improvement and provide oversight, consultative, supportive expertise, and guidance in the following areas: clinical practice guidelines, customer service, data management validation, performance measures, and others consistent with the complexity and unique needs of the Medical Center and its quality management program.
- Establishes and maintains quality systems which survey clinical processes and outcomes and identifies critical incidents and sentinel events that require local and/or network intervention.
- Conducts risk assessments, participates in intracycle monitoring activities, contributes to the annual quality plan, collaborates with Infection Control, Risk Management, External Peer Review Program, Patient Safety and Safety.
- Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff as well as the medical center.
- Analyzes ethical issues and appropriate theoretical principles to ensure application of institutional policy.
- Designs, modifies and implements systems compatible with professional standards, the mission, and the goals of the organization to improve the cost-effective use of resources.
Supervisory status No Conditions of Employment Must pass pre-employment examination. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Upload VA Form 10-2850a, resume, and licensure Current Federal employees must submit their latest SF-50
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds, straight pulling (.5hours), pulling hand over hand (.5 hours), pushing (.5 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4 hours), standing (4 hours), repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, both eyes required, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability; these physical requirements are in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).
Physical Demands: 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, pulling and pushing. 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 mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations and to be able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
Other Factors: This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. The incumbent must be willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. The incumbent makes caring for the Veteran a priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in al aspects of work. The incumbent must be self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. Basic Cardiac Life Support is required for RNs in direct patient care positions. Advanced Cardiac Life Support is required for specific specialty areas.
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.
- 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)
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.
The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:
- NurseII - BSN, ADN or Diploma in Nursing or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 2-3 years of experience; OR a MSN or Master’s degree in a related field with a BSN or aBachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 1-2 year’s of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.
- Nurse III- Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 2-3 years of experience(If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.) OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field with approximately 2-3 years of 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.
For GEC QMS-must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a GEC inpatient or outpatient program. Certification in Quality, Patient Safety, or Nursing Certifications preferred.
For BH QMS-must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in an inpatient BH locked unit. Certification in Quality, Patient Safety, or Nursing Certifications preferred.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
About this company
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
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.
Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more!
Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a Lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become "one team creating the perfect patient experience"so that we may honor Veterans and their families.
We're in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up. Create history with us and join our team!