Nurse (MDS Coordinator) - Washington DC

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 12, 2021
Closes
Jun 18, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The MDS Coordinator RN demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. He/she is responsible for the documented outcomes and monitoring and reporting of VHA CLC Compare/SAIL Quality Measures to the CLC interdisciplinary team. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within a facility.
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Responsibilities

The purpose of the MDS Coordinator Nurse is to demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. He/she functions as a proficient performer in clinical practice and able to provide direct care to CLC residents with multiple medical co-morbidities and participates in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Responsibilities include active participation in ad hoc, task forces, work groups, nursing, or interdisciplinary committees. The MDS Coordinator Nurse mentors his/her team members and other interdisciplinary team members as it relates to the Resident Assessment Instrument and Minimal Data Set quality measures (RAI-MDS) process and the related care planning processes. The MDS Coordinator Nurse serves as a role model and nursing consultant to his/her team members, sharing clinical/ professional expertise with others through consultation, presentations, participation in professional organizations, etc. He/she serves as a resource and "liaison" for RAI-MDS issues. Encourages team building, demonstrates the ability to discuss issues relating to RAI-MDS systems both within the clinical structure and the computer network environment. The MDS Coordinator Nurse promotes process improvement through the CLC RAI-MDS quality measures. The incumbent maintains database integrity of the RAI-MDS software program collegially with local Information Technology Services and the Austin Information Technical Center (ITC). He/she ensures the accurate and timely completion of the RAI-MDS schedule indicating which assessments are due for review/update, and other duties as assigned.

The MDS Coordinator Nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including gender and role identification, age, life stage, state of health, race, culture, socio-economic status, values and beliefs in order to assist each patient with the improvement of his/her health status to the maximum potential. He/she utilizes core elements of performance including knowledge and active participation in unit/service/program/VISN level quality improvement processes, such as the customer service program. He/she promotes the medical center mission, vision and values; complies with Equal Employment Opportunity programs, partnerships, customer service standards and Veterans Affairs policies and procedures. Promotes good customer service to internal and external customers. Assists in resolving customer problems, treats customers with dignity and respect, acknowledges customers and responds quickly to customer needs.

The MDS Coordinator Nurse is a self-directed, quality specialist, professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge appointed to effectively promote health promotion, prevention, and safe skilled care of chronic illness, rehabilitation, and end of life care. The MDS Coordinator Nurse position is an administrative/clinical role assigned to a nurse that demonstrates the skills and abilities to manage and coordinate the MDSProgram activities and quality initiatives. The MDS Coordinator Nurse is a vital role in the coordination and facilitation of the MDS processes/program and data. He/she demonstrates a high level of clinical, analytical and leadership skills and is competent in conducting and reporting quality measures and performance improvement activities. The MDS Coordinator Nurse has a specialized body of knowledge of current Long Term Care (LTC), rehabilitation, end of life care, and its application to the MDS process. The MDS Coordinator Nurse works in collaboration with the Resident Assessment Coordinator (RAC) and mentors/coaches direct care nurses and other disciplines to ensure the required documentation for the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) MDS program and processes are appropriate and in accordance with VHA directives. MDS Coordinator Nurse is directly involved in the implementation of any national changes that effectively support the RAI/MDS program. He/she is responsible for the review and accuracy of interrater reliability (IRR) data, and other quality measures associated with MDS metrics.

The MDS Coordinator Nurse may cover the Resident Assessment Coordinator as needed and under the direction of the Chief Nurse of Geriatrics and Extended care. The MDS Coordinator Nurse is also responsible for other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm - may include occasional weekends
Telework: YES up to 50% ; After orientation and successful demonstration of meeting performance expectation/objectives. A flexible schedule will be negotiable after orientation and successful demonstration of of meeting performance expectations.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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:
  • BSN preferred
  • Prior experience as an MDS Coordinator highly preferred
  • Documented experience working with teams, collaborating with various disciplines
  • Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification highly preferred
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 population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. DCVAMC is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical and surgical residents in the CLC. There is a large psychiatric population that may require periodic visits to the Emergency Department and or direct admissions for medical co-morbidities. This 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 CLC residents and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected CLC residents and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to CLC residents who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on CLC resident needs.
The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. DCVAMC is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical and surgical residents in the CLC. There is a large psychiatric population that may require periodic visits to the Emergency Department and or direct admissions for medical co-morbidities. This 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 CLC residents and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected CLC residents and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to CLC residents who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on CLC resident needs.

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

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; religions; spiritual; community; student; 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Resume


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 . Application must have current/up to date information. Any expired information (excludes licenses that are no longer valid) will result in a disqualified status.

Application - VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf
Resume
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, hours worked per week and the dates of employment with a detailed description of the duties performed (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • If you are claiming licensure, you must include the License Type, Expiration date, Licensure Number.
    • If you are using education and or certifications, this information must be clearly stated in the body of your resume. You must include Name, School and type of Degree and Year of Graduation, certifications must include certifying body, certification number and expiration of certification. Credentials beside your name will not be used to meet best qualified qualifications.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
Unofficial transcript (Note: if selected for position, official transcripts will be required)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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