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Job Title:Registered Nurse, Risk Manager

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-664-13-EVD-911627

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$65,555.00 to $130,846.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to Monday, September 09, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego County, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 911627

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran’s experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.  

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor. 

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.


NOTE:  This vacancy announcement is repost of previous announcement under VHA-664-13-EVD-893365. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.


This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to September 9, 2013.

This announcement has been amended to read Relocation/Recruitment incentive has been authorized and may be considered of well qualified candidates.

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has one (1) full-time vacancy for a Registered Nurse as Risk Manager responsible for developing and managing the VASDHS Risk Management Program in accordance with regulatory agencies, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Network and facility requirements.  The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert for risk management.  The incumbent provides advice and support to the medical center staff, directs the development and maintenance of programs designed to reduce risk at all levels within the healthcare delivery system, and provides professional management, educational assistance and policy development and implementation guidance in the area of risk management.  The incumbent participates in the development of innovative, evidence-based approaches to the establishment, enhancement, modification, and/or improvement of care with a focus on risk management.  Risk management activities encompass both inpatient and outpatient care, include all healthcare specialties and are integrated into the Performance Improvement Program.  The incumbent works closely with service chiefs and others in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying and administering the Risk Management Program.  The incumbent demonstrates knowledge of current concepts and principles of performance improvement, the Medical Center’s improvement methodology and framework, and external review standards.  The incumbent develops strategies to disseminate “lessons learned” to appropriate staff throughout the organization.  The incumbent is a member of the Special Assessment Intervention and Liaison (SAIL) Team, Peer Review Committee, Medication Safety Committee, VISN 22 Risk Management Committee, and Suicide Prevention Management Team.

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

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.


A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive has been authorized.



  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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The Risk Manager Nurse works closely with service chiefs and others in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying and administering the Risk Management Program.  Major duties include, but not limited to the following:

1.  Manages the administrative tort claim process at the facility level in collaboration with Chief, Performance   Improvement, Regional Counsel, the Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Office of Medical Legal Affairs as appropriate. This includes coordinating Medical Advisory Opinions (MAO) and National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) review process at the facility level.

2.  Investigates and provides resolution to facility small tort claims.

3.  Provides Management and appropriate committees and individuals with program analyses and evaluative materials and summaries essential to efficient planning and direction of reducing risk and minimizing loss to the medical center, as well as improving effectiveness of patient care.

 4.  Liaisons with Patient Safety Manager regarding patient events requiring peer review, disclosure, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and filing of Med Watch reports with FDA and/or manufacturer.

5.  Serves as Consultant to the Peer Review Committee (PRC) on disclosure and other issues.

6.  Conducts an annual assessment and evaluation of the Risk Management Program to determine the Program’s effectiveness and ensures that findings of the Risk Management Program, including the annual assessment of the effectiveness of the program, are used to modify and improve the program and facilitate accomplishment of performance improvement goals and objectives.

7.    Analyzes and interprets data to determine the effectiveness of the Risk Management Program and identifies opportunities for program improvement.

8.  Serves as a risk management resource/consultant at the facility and Network level.

9.   Plans, develops and conducts education and training programs related to risk management and related quality management topics.

 10. Collaborates with Chief, Performance Improvement in the daily integration of risk management into the PI Program.

 11. Directs and manages an integrated Risk Management Program that supports the mission, vision and core values of the facility, Network 22, and VHA.

 12. Monitors program compliance with VHA policy, The Joint Commission standards and other regulatory agency requirements.

 13. Utilizes current trends and relevant theory to identify, analyze, and resolve problem areas in risk management.

 14. Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance. Provides leadership in improving  and sustaining the quality and effectiveness of care delivered in diverse or complex programs.

15. Initiates, leads, and/or participates in quality improvement activities to collect data, analyze results, and recommend practice changes that will minimize risk to the facility and improve patient outcomes.

16. Serves on facility and Network level committees/task forces that focus on risk management and performance   improvement policy/procedure development and compliance activities.

17.  Develops and maintains expertise/certification in area of practice through attendance at continuing education sessions, conferences and workshops.

18.  Ensures application of institutional policies.

This is a full time, permanent position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

 Work Schedule: 40 hours per week.



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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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.  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)
  • 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.  


· Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

· Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

· Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

· Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

· Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

Preferred Experience: One (1) year current experience in Risk Management and one (1) year current experience with medical malpractice claims.

Experience as a 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.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
  • Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.


PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to navigate all VASDHS sites, use a computer and keyboard, and perform all other activities of the position without restriction.  Reasonable accomodation may be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties/functions of the position.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 09, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850a)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

A complete Application Package includes:

1. CV or Resume (required).

2. Completed (pages 1-4) VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).

3. Copy of Transcripts (required).

4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

5. Ifcurrently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 911627.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 09, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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