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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Quality Coordinator/Controlled Substance Coordinator) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary

The Controlled Substance Coordinator (CSC) is responsibile/accountable for the nationally mandated Controlled Substance Inspection Program. CSC selects and appoints the controlled substance inspctors (CSI), through the hospital director, makes all the monthly assignments for the CSI. The CSC accepts substantial and on-going responsibility for directing and managing the Controlled Substance Program, which supports the mission, goals, and objectives of VASLCHCS, VISN 19, and VHA.

Responsibilities

VistA Controlled Substance Package subject-matter expert for controlled substance data collection. Serves as an expert practitioner whos practice encompasses a wide range of responsibility and accountability. Initiates and participates on interdisciplinary projects, committees, teams, quality improvement projects, etc. with the aim of improving patient outcomes in the management of complex client care or the systems and processes of the organization/service. Demonstrates dedication to the nursing profession and represents nursing in community health and professional activities. Effectively utilizes a variety of program level electronic databases, to include but not limited to: Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW), VISTA, VSSC, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and CPRS. Through the responsibilities outlined above, the Controlled Substance Coordinator initiates, leads, and participates in quality improvement activities to collect data, analyze results, and recommend practice changes that will minimize risk to the controlled substance program and identify any potential diversion. Promotes the medical center mission, vision, and values; assists the staff to be in compliance with customer service and standards and VA policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends.

Telework: Telework may be authorized for highly qualified canididates.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Functional Statement: Registered Nurse (Quality Coordinator/Controlled Substance Coordinator): Quality Management/00000000

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2020. 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 word. 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: Five years or more nursing experience, along with a Masters degree in Nursing; BLS certification. 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. References: 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 involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to Wheelchairs/stretchers/cars, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. 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. This position requires visual acuity, good hearing, distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or protect his/herself from physically abusive patients. FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS· Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over· Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over· Straight pulling (2-6 hours)· Pushing (2-6 hours)· Reaching above shoulder· Use of fingers· Both hands required· Walking (5-9 hours)· Standing (4-8 hours)· Kneeling (1-2 hours· Repeated bending (2-4 hours)· Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours)· Twisting (2-4 hours). ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS· Excessive noise, intermittent· Constant noise· Radiant energy· Electrical energy· Slippery or uneven surfaces· Working around moving objects and vehicles· Unusual fatigue factors· Working with hands in water· Working closely with others· Working alone· Heavy patient care· Rotating/Multiple shifts.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2020.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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