Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
The Department of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention (QSRP) equips and empowers VUMC faculty and staff to offer care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, and patient-centered.
As a member of QSRP, this role will collaborate with clinical and administrative leadership, interdisciplinary teams, and frontline nursing staff to facilitate the improvement of clinical and operational outcomes across VUH nursing by planning, implementing, and evaluating quality and patient safety initiatives that are aligned with the organizational strategy, Credo behaviors and FOCUS values within the hospital.
The primary focus of this position is to facilitate/collaborate on the improvement of nursing sensitive metrics for the adult enterprise, to report/support nursing quality metrics/improvement in support of Magnet designation, to serve as NDNQI site coordinator for data submission and benchmarking, and to lead the quality improvement analyst program in the adult enterprise.
Key Functions and Expected Performances
1. Facilitate the improvement of clinical and operational outcomes across VUH nursing through:
a. Collaboration and consultative support
b. Analysis of complex data, systems and processes
c. Assisting individuals/groups with data and process analysis needed for identification of improvement opportunities and redesign efforts.
d. Assessment, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs.
e. Integration of internal and external benchmarks in projects as appropriate.
f. Monitoring and coordination of assigned programs, projects and activities.
g. Providing information and reports (oral and written) to appropriate individuals regarding program development, projects, process improvement and outcomes.
h. Participating and/or leading meetings to manage program development, projects and process improvement.
i. Using rapid cycle improvement processes and change management to drive processes and outcomes.
j. Assisting with the development of dashboards to monitor activities and progress of programs (exclusive of PM and I hospital based scorecards).
k. Collaboration with unit Managers, Administration and staff to complete this work.
2. Ensure nursing related policies and standards of practice are consistent with institutional goals and policies and external regulatory requirements by:
a. Serving as a resource for policy/standard interpretation and application to operations.
b. Tracking performance for established goals and objectives using existing data systems.
c. Facilitate and support nursing in achieving and maintaining survey readiness.
d. Provide communication and recommendations to Nursing Administration regarding new and revised regulatory standards.
3. Monitor nursing quality goals, programs and procedures within VUH by:
a. Tracking quality initiatives and outcomes.
b. Tracking and identifying trends in clinical occurrences.
c. Plan and implement action plans to address quality issues in collaboration with appropriate groups and individuals.
d. Assessing impact of program development and process improvement.
e. Serving as a liaison to VUH nursing to share quality initiatives, outcomes and program development.
f. Provide leadership for assigned quality initiatives in VUH.
4. Collaborate with departments and interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement strategies to improve care and processes
a. Monitor VUH nursing practice and compare to industry standards and best practice.
b. Support the multidisciplinary team in the development of evidenced based clinical pathways and models of care.
c. Assist with monitoring compliance with evidence based clinical pathways.
a. Working with individuals and groups to accomplish project related activities, meet timelines and stated objectives.
b. Maintaining documentation of work completed and project related activities.
c. Communicating to senior administration and stakeholders regarding activities and outcomes.
d. Working to establish overall goals and objectives with senior administration.
6. Serve as the liaison for nursing informatics quality initiatives through:
a. Participating in VUMC nursing informatics initiatives as determined by leadership;
b. Identification of needs and priorities for VUH nursing informatics related to nursing quality.
c. Seeking systems and processes that support clinical and operational outcomes.
Graduate of an approved discipline specific program (or equivalent experience) and 1 year experience
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
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