As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. The Veterans Health Administration is the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation. The Implant Coordinator ensures the facility complies with: (a) the National Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for management of biological and non-biological implants to assure patient safety with regard to implants; (b) the Joint Commission (TJC) Standards pertaining to biological and non-biological implants as mandated by the FDA; (c) Hospital Policy and Medical Memorandums pertaining to procurement, receipt, storage and issue of implants throughout the organization for the purpose of tracking and notification of affected patients in the event of product recall in compliance with FDA requirements. This position requires management and maintenance of the electronic database/tracking system, stocking, and par level management for all biological and non-biological implants, received, used, or stored at the Medical Center. This nurse will be required to access patient electronic medical records to verify documentation for implantation of implants that have been recalled and collaborate with clinical personnel for proper patient data entry into the system so that patients receiving an implant may be tracked effectively. The Implant Coordinator is responsible for verification that patients receiving care outside of the Medical Center either were or were not affected by the recall. This allows the Medical Center to affirm that the Medical Center's patients referred for care to outside providers receiving implantation of a biological or non-biological implant are properly and timely notified in the event that an implant recall affects them. The Implant coordinator collaborates with the Chief of Logistics, the Patient Safety Manager, and the Risk Manager and the Chief of Care in the Community Service, or their designees, on all recalled implants or recalls that potential effect the viability of biological or non-biological implanted devices. General Description: The function of a RN Implant Coordinator and Materials Management Specialist is to provide comprehensive, patient centered health care services. In the course of these duties, using the nursing process, the RN assesses, evaluates, plans, coordinates, and secures implants for use as indicated and agreed upon. The RN communicates effectively with other healthcare members, vendors, as well as other interdisciplinary team members throughout the hospital to ensure continuity of care for patients receiving care within the VA. The incumbent must possess organizational skills that enable completion of work in a timely manner. Demonstrates ability to assume leadership, the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary teams. The RN incumbent is accountable for adhering to established policies, regulatory requirements, standard of care, and standards of practice that demonstrates leadership within the Surgical Service and throughout the medical center. The RN Implant Coordinator and Materials Management Specialist will be responsive to all requests related to implant coordination and ensures customer satisfaction which reflects an understanding of implants and tissue process. The incumbent is responsible for the overall management and oversight of supply, implant and tissue inventory, supply, implant and tissue stocking, supply, implant, and tissue program for the entire facility For additional information contact the Nurse Recruiter: Barbara O'Connor at Barbara.Oconnor@va.gov or (520) 629-1781. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm 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.