This Pain Resource Nurse is located in the Anesthesiology Service at the Jamaica Plain campus location. This is a full-time 40 hour per week position. The Pain Resource Nurse reports to the Pain Section Chief. The pain resource nurse executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care for Veterans with chronic pain throughout the Pain service, for assuring that the community support needs of the veterans are identified and that plans are made to meet those needs. Duties: - Include but are not limited to: Ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care delivery system. Maintains working relationships with a network of referral resources (both in the VA and the community). Utilizes assessment findings from all involved disciplines in formulating a treatment plan for each Veteran contacted through the Pain Stepped Care Model process. The treatment plan includes individualized goals and measurable objectives based on relevant medical and mental health information. Develops and monitors quality indicators related to clinical outcomes. Prioritizes problems, identifies specific goals and provides consultation to other health care providers, disciplines, and departments to assist staff with timely care management. Contributes to the development of policies, procedures, and/or clinical guidelines. Serves as a clinical leader and teacher consistent with the objectives of the VHA Pain Management Strategy and to assure that clinical staff is adequately prepared to manage the pain management plan of care for the veteran. Manages patient care along the continuum and coordinates the process of assessment, identification, facilitation, referral, and linkage to appropriate medical and psychiatric services for Veterans identified as eligible for pain services. Serves as a role model to other staff in the documentation of the patient plan of care. Takes a leadership role in establishing health goals with groups or populations of patients and families. Implements patient/family teaching programs at the service level relevant to pain management and specific treatment goals and ensures that the veteran and family/significant others can identify the pain management goals, treatment team, and how to contact them. Responsible for implementing Patient-Centered Care (PCC) principles for areas under the ACNS Non-Institutional Care environment as applicable to internal and external customers. Perform tasks to facilitate smooth running of the pain clinic with a focus on collaboration and communication between various departments and specialties involved in the Veterans care under the direction of the Pain Section Chief. Consults with all healthcare providers, as needed, for patient care in the Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic, Opioid Reduction Clinic, OSI. Coordinates functions of the Pain Steering Committee. Collaborates with the Interdisciplinary Pain Team and support personnel to improve processes for patient flow from assessment through treatment and follow-up by primary care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4pm. Compressed/Flexible: Not authorized. Telework: Not authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS):Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Notifications: This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by a special rate. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.