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The position is located in the Office of the Deputy Director for Clinical Care (ODDCC), NIH Clinical Center (CC), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ODDCC provides leadership, policy guidance, program development and evaluation, and overall operational and administrative coordination for patient safety, clinical care and clinical research support for the Clinical Center.

The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH CC) is the 240-bed research hospital and ambulatory care research facility in Bethesda, Maryland that supports the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institutes of Health.  Patients come from all over the world to participate in a research program aimed at developing new knowledge of disease processes, new treatments, and expanded comprehension of basic biologic systems. The focus at the NIH CC on early phase and first-in-human clinical trials and on the study of rare diseases makes possible the rapid translation of scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. 

If you are interested in applying your passion for patient safety and clinical quality and your clinical experience at the intersection of patient care and bio-medical research, then consider joining the Office of the Deputy Director for Clinical Care (ODDCC) at the NIH Clinical Center.  This position will afford you the novel opportunity to apply the principles of patient safety and quality improvement in a translational science environment.  As a Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Nurse Consultant in the ODDCC you will lead efforts in fostering a positive culture of patient safety in the NIH CC, facilitate initiatives to improve the quality of care delivered to NIH CC patient/participants through new and ongoing performance measurement and quality improvement activities, collaborate with NIH CC clinical investigators to facilitate the clinical research process, and assure successful compliance with myriad accreditation requirements.

The ODDCC is looking for an individual who has a passion for patient safety, quality improvement, and performance measurement, has experience in, and enthusiasm for, applying the principles and practice of patient safety and quality improvement in a complex clinical research environment, and possess a high level of comfort managing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data to a wide range of stakeholders.


As a Nurse Consultant (Patient Safety and Clinical Quality), you will have the following responsibilities, among others:

  • Serving as an advisor to the Deputy Director for Clinical Care (DDCC) and Special Assistant to the DDCC, in areas of patient safety, quality improvement, clinical administration, clinical practice, research evaluation, hospital accreditation, emergency preparedness, management of the environment of care, and the review of Clinical Center-sponsored clinical research;
  • Developing and revising organizational policies and procedures associated with clinical research, patient care and patient safety;
  • Leading the NIH CC-wide efforts to assure a culture of patient safety;
  • Leading efforts to evaluate clinical errors and near misses to determine root and contributing causes and to implement system solutions that will promote a safe clinical environment for patients and staff;
  • Collecting and interpreting data related to clinical research, clinical quality, and patient safety priorities NIH CC;
  • Collecting and interpreting data related the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals and other Joint Commission–related performance measurement requirements;
  • Designing and implementing organization-wide quality improvement and patient safety training initiatives;
  • Developing and recommending options for issues regarding quality of delivery systems, interdisciplinary decision making, and development of standards of clinical practice; and
  • Overseeing project management for a wide range of patient safety and clinical quality initiatives.

Note: Duties performed at the GS-12 grade level will be slightly less complex.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No