The Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Coordinator, Nurse III, Grade, is a professional registered nurse who provides leadership and assumes continuing responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program. Demonstrate leadership and work collaboratively with Nursing & Patient Care Services and all Services within the medical center and it's affiliating CBOCs in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the facility-wide SPH&M Program. Provide consultation and training to interdisciplinary staff members regarding evidence- based practices and interventions. Will maintain knowledge of current technology and techniques to address patient handling and movement needs Develops, implements, maintains, and performs continuous evaluation of the VASDHS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPH&M) Program. Develops and implements SPH&M algorithms for general and specialty populations, e.g. Spinal Cord Injury, Operating Room, and Bariatric. Develops the Unit Peer Leader program to facilitate facility-wide maintenance of the SPH program. Educates at New employee orientation for staff expected to perform any form of direct patient handling. Analyzes, interprets, and prioritizes ergonomic data, including employee and patient injuries related to patient handling and movement Identifies, proposes, and oversees patient handling and movement equipment to meet current and future facility needs. Communicates and coordinates with inter-disciplines about equipment selection, installation, and maintenance with facility contracting, facilities management and other applicable services. Works closely with Logistics staff and Equipment Resources Committee for identification, purchase, and oversight of equipment to meet current and future needs for safe patient handling. Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues related to the provision of safe patient handling. Evaluates injuries to employees and patients related to safe patient handling in collaboration with Workman's Compensation and the Safety Officer and takes remedial actions. Assesses the educational needs of staff to meet all applicable VA and Joint Commission standards. Coordinates education, training, and expansion of the unit peer leader program to facilitate hospital wide maintenance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program. Coordinates safe patient handling and mobility education programs to improve competence of staff in providing safe patient care. Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, managers, and clinical nurse specialists to develop strategies for dissemination of information and education regarding the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program. Maintains professional knowledge and expertise in safe patient handling. Uses scientific and evidence-based knowledge and clinical expertise to guide the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program. Systematically evaluates and improves the quality and effectiveness of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program throughout the facility. Complies with Joint Commission patient safety standards, with the objective of identifying, controlling and minimizing loss, and improving and enhancing patient safety. Monitors, evaluates, and ensures program compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards. Collaborates with staff, departments, and peers to plan and implement strategies to improve/ensure compliance with VHA directives related to Safe Patient Handling and Mobility across all disciplines. Serves as a consultant to all staff on safe patient handling issues. Provides leadership and coordination of the facility interdisciplinary Safe Patient Handling Committee. Provides leadership and coordination of the Unit Peer Leader Committee. Collaborates with VISN SPH Coordinators, the VA Safety Center, and manufacturers of patient lifting equipment. Consults with staff, other disciplines, and departments regarding safe patient handling and mobility issues. Supports the growth and development of Unit Peer Leaders. Identifies opportunities for improvement and initiates the performance improvement process. Participates in formulating policy or organizational/process changes as a representative of Nursing and Patient Care Services. Reviews root cause analysis recommendations and assesses applicability across all VASDHS clinical areas. Collaborates with service leaders to plan, implement, and maintain system changes. Coordinates program outcomes with Environment of Care Committee, Safety Committee, and Performance Improvement Council, and presentation and analysis of both process and outcomes data to leadership. Collects and analyzes data, prepares reports for VASDHS, VISN 22, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center, and national regulatory and accrediting bodies. Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, faculty, and peers in developing, conducting, and evaluating SPH&M research activities and programs. Work Schedule: 0800 - 1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure 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.