The Chief Nurse for Surgery position is located in Nursing Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center. This is a senior nursing leadership position that provides administrative oversight and direction in the clinical nursing areas of surgery and procedures. The Chief Nurse (CN) for Surgery (CN-Surgery) will execute leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care. The Chief Nurse of Surgery provides executive leadership and direct supervision to the Nurse Managers over the following units and procedural areas: surgery inpatient unit, clinics, preoperative and post-operative areas, the operating room, ambulatory surgery and procedural areas. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provides leadership to facilitate delivery for quality care for patients requiring acute care such as surgery, or procedural areas Works closely with other services in particular the other Chief Nurses, Chief of Surgery, Surgical Service and SPS. Oversight of the daily operations, processes and surgical case coordination for patients requiring surgery or procedural care. Monitors progress toward performance measures and goals using multiple data sources and VISN and National guidance. Provides executive input in the strategic planning, budget, mission, operational planning and policy development for local and network efforts. Works collaboratively and directly with establishing processes to improve care delivery/ care coordination in the inpatient and outpatient environments, access to veterans, system redesign, performance and quality outcomes. Provides direct supervision, orientation and development of supervised staff. Sets clear and measurable goals for direct reporting staff. Provides leadership to staff for Joint Commission readiness including journey towards high reliability organizational goals. Direct involvement and participation in strategic planning and operational responsibilities for Acute Care, Nursing and VA Memphis that are aligned with local and national goals. Establishes and strengthens liaisons with VA providers, network providers, patients, and staff. Provide leadership/participation on nursing, medical center committees and with VISN and national groups. Implement standards of professional practice. Contribute to the professional growth and development of colleagues, direct report staff, and other health care providers. Provide leadership in addressing ethical issues. Facilitates and monitors compliance with performance measures, accreditation standards. Works collaboratively with Human Resources on managing labor relation and disciplinary issues and working to assure adherence to the Master Agreements. Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with other professional groups. Designs, modifies and implements systems to improve the cost-effective use of resources. Ensures adherence to appropriate business rules and performance measures that apply to operations. Serves as the subject matter expert in healthcare delivery in various settings, business and healthcare quality matters. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, but must be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week Telework: Not Available Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: 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.