The Assistant Nurse Manager is responsible and accountable for planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating patient care in Primary Care, at the Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar, Salida and Alamosa Clinic. The Assistant Nurse Manager has direct supervisory responsibility for Primary Care nursing Clinic laboratory staff at these sites. Strongly encourage all applicants to submit the VA form 10-2850a with your application: VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf. 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. 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 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. Preferred Experience: Two years of previous Outpatient experience 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/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. Physical Requirements: The 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 impatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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, able to shift priorities, based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["The Assistant Nurse Manager demonstrates professional nursing practice characterized by leadership that advances, promotes, and improves the delivery of nursing care. The Assistant Nurse Manager establishes professional relationships with health related groups within the VA and community, and works effectively with others. Decisions are based on VACO, VISN, Joint Commission, national directives, and evidence-based research outcomes. The Assistant Nurse Manager promotes organizational effectiveness through an understanding of and application of organizational relationship models, principles, and strategies; uses an analytical framework such as the nursing process to create an environment that facilitates the delivery of care; implements standards of professional practice and accrediting bodies and applicable regulations; and exercises the skills, knowledge, ability and motivation to foster decision-making, participation, flexibility, accountability, and responsibility in staff managed; exercises the skills and knowledge to implement and evaluate standards of care and practice; assures that staff competencies are communicated and assessed; assures that patient health education is provided throughout the patient care experience; provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff; implements healthcare evaluation and outcome measures; applies fiscal principles; develops effective business plans; develops and maintains accurate and comparable data to enable databased decisions for quality patient care; creates and maintains a safe workplace for patients and staff; promotes the timely and accurate completion of performance appraisals and proficiencies; contributes to the professional growth and development of staff; develops staff for career progression; and collaborates with other departments and disciplines to ensure the identification, measurement, and evaluation of performance improvement initiatives specific to the patient care services provided. The Assistant Nurse Manager demonstrates competency in organization management skills, communication skills, data/operations analysis and strategic planning skills. The Assistant Nurse Manager maintains flexibility with a high degree of interpersonal skills, effective communication, leadership, motivation, and self-direction. Comprehensive management of patients/families as whole, dynamic, with age specific psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and existential needs is evidenced through the utilization of the nursing process in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Nurse\n1) applies the nursing process to systems or processes to improve care\n2) demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care\n3) supports and enhances client self-determination\n4) serves as a resource for clients and staff in resolving ethical issues\n5) identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues taking appropriate action\n6) acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in areas of practice\n7) participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance\n8) evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance\n9) uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems\n10) educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor\n11) initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes\n12) uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice\n13) demonstrates competency in performing all unit specific nursing procedures\n14) ability to function as staff/charge nurse as needed\n15) recruitment, hiring, orientation, and ongoing competency assessment of staff\n16) providing timely semi-annual and annual performance evaluations\n17) ensuring staff compliance with all mandatory education and training requirements\n18) approval of requests for leave; development and posting of staff work schedules; and certification of timecards\n19) maintaining an effective labor /management partnership\n20) ensuring that quality control mechanisms are in place, reporting adverse events, making recommendations for peer review, and preparing issue briefs as requested\n21) conducting recurring, routine staff meetings\n23) performance improvement and documentation audits\n24) budget development and monitoring in collaboration with leadership\n25) achievement of targets for annual ECF performance measures and monitors within scope of responsibility Work Schedule: : Tour of Duty: Varies hours or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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