Job opening: Registered Nurse (Safe Patient Handling & Mobility)
Salary: $96 985 - 175 273 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Facility Coordinator/Program Manager is a professional registered nurse who provides leadership and assumes continuing responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program.
Demonstrates leadership and works collaboratively with Nursing & Patient Care Services and all Services within the medical center and it's affiliating CBOCs in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the facility-wide SPH&M Program.
Provides consultation and training to interdisciplinary staff members regarding evidence- based practices and interventions. Maintains knowledge of current technology and techniques to address patient handling and movement needs
Develops, implements, maintains, and performs continuous evaluation of the VASDHS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPH&M) Program.
Develops and implements SPH&M algorithms for general and specialty populations, e.g. Spinal Cord Injury, Operating Room, and Bariatric.
Develops the Unit Peer Leader program to facilitate facility-wide maintenance of the SPHM program.
Provide Educate at New Employee Orientation for staff expected to perform any form of direct patient handling.
Analyzes, interprets, and prioritizes ergonomic data, including employee and patient injuries related to patient handling and movement
Identifies, proposes, and oversees patient handling and movement equipment to meet current and future facility needs.
Communicates and coordinates with inter-disciplines about equipment selection, installation, and maintenance with facility contracting, facilities management and other applicable services.
Works closely with Logistics staff and the Equipment Committee for identification, purchase, and oversight of equipment to meet current and future needs for safe patient handling.
Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues related to the provision of safe patient handling.
Evaluates injuries to employees and patients related to safe patient handling in collaboration with Workman's Compensation and the Safety Officer and takes remedial actions.
Assesses the educational needs of staff to meet all applicable VA and Joint Commission standards. Coordinates education, training, and expansion of the unit peer leader program to facilitate hospital wide maintenance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program.
Coordinates safe patient handling and mobility education programs to improve competence of staff in providing safe patient care.
Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, managers, and clinical nurse specialists to develop strategies for dissemination of information and education regarding the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program.
Maintains professional knowledge and expertise in safe patient handling.
Uses scientific and evidence-based knowledge and clinical expertise to guide the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program.
Systematically evaluates and improves the quality and effectiveness of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program throughout the facility.
Complies with Joint Commission patient safety standards, with the objective of identifying, controlling and minimizing loss, and improving and enhancing patient safety.
Monitors, evaluates, and ensures program compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards.
Collaborates with staff, departments, and peers to plan and implement strategies to improve/ensure compliance with VHA directives related to Safe Patient Handling and Mobility across all disciplines.
Serves as a consultant to all staff on safe patient handling issues.
Provides leadership and coordination of the facility interdisciplinary Safe Patient Handling Committee.
Provides leadership and coordination of the Unit Peer Leader Committee.
Collaborates with National and VISN SPHM Coordinators, the VA Safety Center, and manufacturers of patient lifting equipment.
Consults with staff, other disciplines, and departments regarding safe patient handling and mobility issues.
Supports the growth and development of Unit Peer Leaders.
Identifies opportunities for improvement and initiates the performance improvement process.
Participates in formulating policy or organizational/process changes as a representative of Nursing and Patient Care Services.
Reviews root cause analysis recommendations and assesses applicability across all VASDHS clinical areas.
Collaborates with service leaders to plan, implement, and maintain system changes.
Analyzes and presents both process and outcomes data to leadership; coordinates program outcomes with Environment of Care Committee, Safety Committee, and Quality Council.
Collects and analyzes data, prepares reports for VASDHS, VISN 22, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center, and national regulatory and accrediting bodies.
Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, faculty, and peers in developing, conducting, and evaluating SPH&M research activities and programs.
Work Schedule: Full Time
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
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: Current experience (2 years) in Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. BSN, Master's Degree in Nursing, Public Health or Masters in other health related field. Recent clinical experience. Experience with Patient Safety initiatives, Nurse Sensitive Indicators, National Patient Safety Goals and Performance Improvement within the last 5 years. Experience with Construction Safety and Design. Experience with Environment of Care and Equipment Management. Ability to independently perform complex tasks correctly using critical thinking with application of sound judgment. Education in and experience with statistical methods to collect, store, analyze and display health care data for decision support to improve patient care (quality improvement, staffing knowledge, nurse care delivery methods, fiscal efficiency and process improvement, i.e. LEAN). Demonstrated ability to lead teams, engage leaders and staff through education and collaboration using evidenced based best practices and creative solutions.
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: 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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to wear protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
- Address San Diego VA Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
- Name: GeeHan Chua
- Phone: (925) 372-2334
- Email: [email protected]