The VA Saint Louis Health Care System is recruiting for a Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for Surgery Service at the John Cochran Division. The Chief Nurse Anesthetist, as first level supervisor, assumes collaborative responsibility with the Chief Anesthesiologist and major administrative responsibility for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Anesthesia Health Technicians at the St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center. Duties include, but are not limited to: Functions as a departmental and administrative resource while promoting team functioning and professionally representing the organization in a positive manner. Effectively and consistently communicates institutional directives to personnel and encourages interactive departmental meetings and discussions. Perform management activities including interviewing, hiring, clinical oversight and discipline. Interpret and enforce Human Resource Management policies in a consistent manner. Resolve personnel concerns at the departmental level, utilizing the counseling and grievance processes as necessary. Recognize and evaluate the strengths and weakness of self and staff while regularly coaching staff on their contribution to the mission of the agency and with their performance development. Help staff to understand the context of their work and how it relates to the work of others and the agency. Schedule and adjust staffing, as appropriate, for fluctuations in workload. Appropriately delegate tasks and subordinates' duties to efficiently sustain departmental operations. Incorporate process improvements by establishing collaborative team building and supportive relationships with recovery, emergency, and critical care, environmental services, pharmacy areas. Monitor the quality of anesthesia care. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of nurse anesthesia care rendered by nurse anesthetists anywhere in the facility through the use of performance evaluations. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of performance by anesthesia technicians through use of performance evaluations. Provide education to CRNA staff on performance improvement. Attend departmental, organizational, administrative and medical staff committee meetings (Critical Care, SICU, Surgery Executive, Quality Assurance, etc.) as well as other interrelated advisory programs. Directly participate with Chiefs of Anesthesia and Surgery to assess, plan, implement, develop and analyze anesthesia policies and procedures in conjunction with the medical and /or surgical staff. Ensure anesthesia departmental documentation meets current standards and policies. Demonstrate collaboration in managing a budget, recommending needed anesthesia equipment, textiles, staffing or operational space to administration. Comply with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices. Implement and/or assist with program development to enhance patients' access to anesthesia and surgical care. Foster professional innovation and evidence-based practice within the anesthesia department. Collaborate with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for CEU approved in-service programs or in-house training for the Department of Anesthesia. Plan and organize orientation and in-services germane to technical, educational, policy, behavioral, etc. programs throughout the medical center. Assure clinical co-ordination and oversight of Webster University graduate nurse anesthesia students. Retain faculty affiliate relationships for VAMC CRNAs who provide clinical training. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Weekends, Holidays, On-Call Telework: Not Eligible Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.