The Quality Nurse Consultant (Ambulatory Care) is a professional registered nurse in the Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) Section under the Office of the Director. The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop and coordinate quality assurance, quality control, performance metric monitoring, performance improvement and accreditation readiness related to Ambulatory Care Programs throughout the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). The Quality Nurse Consultant (Ambulatory Care) is directly responsible to the Chief of QSV but works closely with assigned services/service line chiefs, nurse managers, committee chairpersons, and hospital leadership. In addition, this Quality Nurse Consultant develops and uses collaborative relationships with other medical center disciplines to enhance the delivery of patient care to veterans, specifically behavioral health care. The Nurse Consultant will provide oversight for compliance with all standards, laws, regulations and VHA policy, including performance metrics related to Behavioral Health Services. Duties include but are not limited to: Providing clinical expertise and consultation to assist in data driven decision making and performance improvement matters related to ambulatory care. Providing support to assigned services/service chiefs/committee chairpersons in planning, integrating, modifying, implementing, and evaluating the on-going service/committee quality management programs Support/collaborate on policy and program development and implementation strategies and provision of linkages for the medical center-wide quality management program Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate VHA, VISN, or Facility performance measurement and performance improvement related to behavioral health care and/or as assigned. Conducts various patient care studies based on areas assigned, including review of patient occurrence reports, medical record reviews for evidence of required documentation as well as reviews for the quality and safety of care, treatment, and services provided. Identifies patient care trends that require intervention for improvement of patient care issues or risk situations Assists ambulatory care areas to maintain continuous survey readiness, participates in tracer activities as assigned. Participates in the development of innovative approaches to the establishment, enhancement, modification, and/or improvements in a variety of facility programs, committees, and councils related to performance improvement/quality management. Works effectively with all levels of staff, to include collaborative efforts with other health professionals. This nurse provides leadership in improving patient care, maintaining standards of care, and directing and teaching personnel in a variety of settings. Participates in the design and analysis of other special studies as assigned to define the cause and scope of issues or trends, and assist in the identification of appropriate criteria for problem resolution. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599738500
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.