Nurse Consultant-CC-DH

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world.  Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation.  For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview.

This position is located in the Clinical Center Nursing Department (CCND) at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The position directly supports performance measurement and improvement, data and systems management, and outcomes assessment for the CCND and reports directly to the Program Director for Outcomes Management within the Research and Practice Development section of CCND.  The incumbent in this position serves organizationally as a Senior Nurse Consultant for Outcomes Management

The Clinical Center (CC) is the 200-bed research hospital and ambulatory care research facility in Bethesda, Maryland that supports the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institutes of Health. It is the largest inpatient facility in the country devoted exclusively to clinical research, and provides a full range of services from ambulatory to critical care and special procedures. The CC admits approximately 9,000 patients yearly.  In addition, the outpatient clinics support nearly 100,000 patient visits annually. The focus at the CC on early phase and first-in-human clinical trials and on the study of rare diseases makes it possible to rapidly translate scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. The patient population generally has a clinical intensity higher than that of comparable specialties in academic medical centers, and patients are seen for prolonged periods of assessment, treatment and recovery.

Nursing at the CC exists to provide clinical care and research coordination for patients participating in clinical research studies conducted by investigators within the IRP. As integral research team members, CC nurses provide support for the design, coordination, implementation and dissemination of clinical research by NIH investigators, with a focus on patient safety, continuity of care and informed participation. Nursing leadership is also committed to supporting the NIH effort to train the next generation of clinical researchers and provide national leadership for the clinical research enterprise. The vision for nursing at the CC is to lead the nation in implementing a specialty practice model for Clinical Research Nursing.

The ideal candidate will possess a master's degree in nursing or health care administration.

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  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Pre-employment medical screening may be required.
  • Emergency essential employee.
  • Nursing License Required.
  • Basic Requirements:

    Education: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

    Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained. 

    Additional Qualifications: 

    To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  Developing and administering programs related to research which require understanding of relevant problems of the nursing community, research organizations, and academic institutions; developing communication strategies, methods, and vehicles to describe, interpret, and clarify nursing department programs, policies, activities, and opportunities; providing periodic reports to appropriate staff and managers to document and evaluate progress toward attainment of organizational goals; designing learning experiences and supports training to help nurses acquire, maintain, or increase their competence and coordinating the activities of support staff to maximize use of resources and efficiency of processes.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

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    This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

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    If you are selected for this position your responsibilities will include:

    • Supporting the development and implementation of data dashboards and reporting matrices for outcomes data collection and analysis for operations decision making, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research initiatives within CCND and across the CC. 
    • Linking dashboard data to the bedside for use at the patient care unit and department levels for outcomes assessment/management and improvement initiatives.

    • Identifying appropriate tools or methods to apply to specific problems or questions (e.g., literature review, evidence based practice, quality improvement, process improvement or workflow redesign, and/or secondary analysis of outcomes data) and assisting in the development and management of a comprehensive approach to support direct care nurse involvement in implementing changes in practice based on application of these tools/methods.

    • Providing periodic reports to staff, managers, and executive leadership to document and evaluate progress toward attainment of organizational goals. 

    • Evaluating staffing processes for effectiveness using systems that support acuity and intensity of the unique patient population at the Clinical Center.

    • Using project management skills to keep projects within scope and budget and to respond to evolving programmatic requirements.
    • Collaborating with, seeking input from, and incorporating feedback from stakeholders, including but not limited to: direct care clinicians, unit leadership, nursing Executive Team, CC leadership, the Department of Clinical Research Informatics, the Office of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality, and patients/families.

    • Disseminating findings from specific projects, as well as information gained from programmatic developments at the Clinical Center, through presentation, publication and interaction with internal & external stakeholders.

    • Identifying patient populations or care delivery situations at the Clinical Center that provide opportunities to develop broad themes of clinical and research outcomes evaluation.

    • Monitoring educational, organizational, ethical, clinical practice, legislative, regulatory, and health care delivery system issues and trends.
    • Ability to work independently, maintain flexibility and change course when priorities shift, advise supervisor on proposed solutions to problems or barriers that arise, and seek assistance from colleagues and supervisor when necessary, within a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.

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