The Registered Nurse position is located in the Community Living Center (CLC) The Registered Nurse, CLC Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist, under the direction of the Assistant Chief Nursing Service-GEC, is aligned within the Nursing Service for Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) Services and is a member of the Community Living Center (CLC). The Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist RN is a professional nurse with a broad- based clinical knowledge appointed to effectively implement health promotion, prevention, and management of sub-acute and chronic illness, and care of the dying. The Registered Nurse (RN) will utilize the CLC/GEC admission criteria for coordination of admissions and/or transfers to the CLC programs. The Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist RN responsible for working closely with Service Line Leadership and staff to develop and implement performance improvement plans and activities to evaluate and improve the quality of patient care provided. The Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist RN is an expert practitioner whose practice encompasses a wide range of responsibility and accountability and functions under delegated authority to influence organizational readiness and excellence. The Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist will also have knowledge of current Standards related to Long Term Care and application to the comprehensive Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment process. Duties include but are not limited to: Facilitate all referrals to CLC/GEC programs. The Admission Coordinator/Quality Improvement Specialist possesses mature judgment, strong nursing assessment skills, professional administrative expertise, and the ability to communicate effectively with all interdisciplinary team members, referrals agencies, patients and families and other services. Demonstrates leadership and mastery of practice in delivering efficient, comprehensive, and continuous resident-driven holistic care through active collaboration, communication, and coordination of resources. Collaborates with the Interdisciplinary teams within the healthcare system to provide a seamless, timely referral system to Veterans seeking admission to the CLC programs. The incumbent must possess strong clinical assessment skills; he/she will screen and review each referral for disposition and planning. The incumbent collaborates with both referring and accepting staff ensuring that Veterans are placed in the program area that can best meet their needs. Monitors bed availability through use of the bed board or daily contact with each CLC charge nurse/ward clerk. The incumbent serves as the point of contact for staff, families and Veterans seeking outcome of screening decisions. Knowledgeable of current Long Term Care Institute (LTCI) standards, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its application to the Community Living Center processes. Assists in developing quality improvement processes and actions to ensure that all required information is procured and acted upon to meet the expectations of the organization, including but not limited to; LTCI, Mihalik, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Headquarters, Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI), Office of Inspector General (OIG) or other external and internal organizations. Assists with inquires while maintaining strict confidentiality. Responsible for coordinating and maintaining a comprehensive, organized, continuous readiness program to review and identify opportunities for improvement to achieve excellence in the delivery of healthcare. Performs data collection, evaluation of processes, critically analyzes data and creates improvement interventions to meet the requirements of the organization's strategic plan and mission to include, but not inclusive of: Mission Act Quality Standards, Facility Performance Plan, CLC Compare, Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) and any externally reported patient outcome metrics. Responsible for obtaining and reviewing data through audits, and/or tracer activities to evaluate compliance with facility quality programs, regulatory mandates, accreditation requirements and policies and procedures. Ensures data is accurate and reliable. Obtains and review patient outcome data as well as any externally reported outcome metrics. Assists CLC and Service Line to ensure performance improvement processes are in place, follow up is conducted and outcomes are reported and continually monitored. The Registered Nurse will assume and perform other duties as assigned by management to promote positive service/unit and patient outcomes. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600. Variable tour of duties and variable days of week may be required. Financial Discloser Report: Not required
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.