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    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo. 

    VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

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    The Patient Safety Manager is directly responsible and accountable for managing, planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying and evaluating the effectiveness of QI programs, including survey preparation. The incumbent provides leadership and assumes continuing responsibility for the development, implementation, coordination, maintenance and evaluation of the Patient Safety (PS) Program at the facility level. The incumbent maintains current knowledge of established regulations, policies, standards of care and practice. The PS Manager is responsible for the documented outcomes in the Patient Safety program as created and directed by the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS). Performs focused reviews to determine if standards of care and practice were followed. Monitors patient care processes to ensure that all required regulatory agency standards are met. Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership experience and creative approaches for the management of complex client care as it is related to organizational risk assessment and management. In this role the incumbent collects, analyzes and reports indicator data. Actively participates in assigned committees and facilitates improvement team activities to enhance performance related to program goals and ensure positive patient outcomes. Identifies opportunities for improvement and works collaboratively with all disciplines to develop and implement effective strategies to improve performance, improve quality of care, and minimize risk. Demonstrates leadership in educating staff and other professional and supportive personnel. Supports and actively participates in initiatives such as Veteran Centered Care and ICARE. Responsible for reviewing and scoring each patient incident (based on safety assessment codes), trending and analyzing; interpreting VA handbooks and directives regarding patient safety; initiating, conducting, overseeing and providing support to Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Performance Improvement (Pl) and Healthcare Failure Mode and Effective Analysis (HFMEA) teams. Content expert for the Patient Safety Program and ensuring the local processes meet VA and accrediting agency requirements. The incumbent participates in the development of innovative approaches to the establishment, enhancement, modification, and/or improvements of care with a focus on patient safety. The incumbent serves as the facility liaison with the VISN 23 Patient Safety Officer, and has primary responsibility for training staff and raising awareness about patient safety, and for establishing and maintaining a culture of safety.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. 

    Location: Organizational Improvement Service Line located at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center, Ft Meade, SD.

    Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse II/III - Patient Safety Manager

    This position does not require a financial disclosure.

    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.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel between VA Black Hills campuses & CBOCs.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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