The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder unit is a 30-bed CARF accredited acute rehabilitation unit specializing in providing care for acute and chronic health problems in the paralyzed veteran. The goal of nursing care and the interdisciplinary team on SCI is to treat patients and the prevention of complications associated with disease and disorder; performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; educating patient/family to improve on self-care abilities, health maintenance, and rehabilitation. · Maintains organizational ethics by assuming a leadership role in addressing ethical issues related to patient care and management of day to day operations. · Evaluates and promotes cost-effective use of resources and safety of care delivery. · Utilizes creative methods to develop effective staffing schedules. · Conducts effective staff conferences: accepts responsibility for meetings/conferences/unit activities, maintains direction and follow-up with decided plan to improve patient care. · Leads/delegates group activities to solve problems or accomplish a specific task. Serves as a role model in the delivery of comprehensive patient/family care and the resolution of issues. · Evaluates health care delivery (a) identifying problems, (b) seeking resolutions, (c) implementing change, (d) assessing progress and evaluating outcome in collaboration with appropriate personnel. · Applies a collaborative team approach in identifying, analyzing and resolving patient flow issues. Promotes continuity of care through collaboration with patients, families and healthcare teams. · Assumes overall accountability for nurse sensitive measures at the unit level including the collection, analysis and reporting of outcomes data. Assists the staff in interpreting results and working towards improving nursing care for optimal patient outcomes. · Assures ongoing readiness with regulatory bodies/agencies both internal and external to VHA. · Facilitates staff's competency by assuming responsibility for providing education (through impromptu teaching, coaching, orientation, and in-service activities) and/or arranging for learning activities and documentation of such educational offerings. Work Schedule: Straight night shift. One weekend a month, one major and one minor holiday required. Telework: May be authorized on an Ad Hoc basis Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.