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.
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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.
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.
Work Schedule: Full time, permanent, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, from 0700-1530. Overtime/Weekend/Holiday work may be required to meet patient care needs. Work hours will be discussed during interview.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Medicine-Surgery Units of the Nursing and Patient Care Services in VA San Diego Healthcare System is primarily located at the main hospital in La Jolla. The CNS executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. Provides high quality, evidence-based patient care through the utilization of advanced educational preparation and specialized clinical expertise. He/she is considered the clinical expert for the medical-surgical units. The scope includes practice in the three spheres of influence: patient, nursing interdisciplinary team personnel, and the system. Specific responsibilities will include clinical care, consultation, leadership, research and educational components. The medical-surgical CNS is responsible for the documented outcomes at the program or service level. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within a facility, VISN, or VACO. Program is defined as a substantial coordinated group of activities impacting patients and/or employees. He/she uses advanced clinical knowledge and judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating current practice and outcomes. Care is provided utilizing knowledge of the patient's age, gender, culture, special populations and learning abilities, and the CNS is able to guide others in these competencies when planning patient care. The CNS works collaboratively with many disciplines/departments to provide care as appropriate and demonstrates clinical and mandatory competencies of the position. He/she uses professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. Change is facilitated through consultation and highly discriminating judgment in applying the Nursing Process.