The RME Coordinator and Educator for SPS Nurse demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to impact the processing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) is in compliance with VHA Directives, infection control standards, and follows manufacturer's instruction for use with all critical and semi-critical RME. The SPS Department requires strict scrutiny of all items identified as critical and semi critical RME. This RN Educator/RME Coordinator 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 the facility, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), NPOSP or Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO). The primary purpose of the position is to demonstrate competence in practice based on conscious, deliberate planning and is self-directed in goal setting for managing complex situations in their assigned area. The RME Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of education and training programs for new employees and annual training and competency for SPS staff. He/she performs the following duties including but not limited to: completion of learning needs assessment for the staff; develops, implements, and evaluates new employee orientation and competency assessment, annual skills and competency review, just-in-time education and training on any new or infrequently used RME. The RME Coordinator participates in unit, departmental, service-level or organizational performance improvement projects and/or committees as assigned with a specific focus on the continuing educational needs of the staff. He/she partners with nursing leaders across the organization to ensure regulatory and professional standards on the use of all RME. The RME Coordinator will manage RME according to SPS Directives; coordinating with the interprofessional team and other services when a clinical need is identified or new equipment is being considered for trial in the facility. For equipment trails, once the equipment has arrived on-site, the RME Coordinator will supervise the relevant clinicians during the use of the equipment to ensure that this new equipment is being properly tracked on the corresponding equipment inventory listing and assure that the equipment has passed all required safety checks prior to being deployed or used in a patient care scenario. In event that loaner equipment is being used the RME Coordinator is responsible for assuring that the equipment has been tracked on the relevant equipment inventory records, clinicians are properly trained on the use, and that all required safety checks have been completed prior to the equipment being put into use. The RME Coordinator will monitor the elapsed time of the equipment trial and ensure that demo equipment is returned to the vendor within the prescribed timeframes. He/she will collaborate with the Chief and/or Assistant Chief of SPS prior to any release of new RME to assure that cleaning, reprocessing, and sterilizations standard operating procedures have been developed in accordance with manufacturer's instruction for use and that proper training has been completed with the clinicians who will be using the device(s). The RME Coordinator for SPS will maintain standard operating procedure manuals in relevant patient care areas where RME is used and will update these documents as necessary. The standard operating procedure manuals need to include but are not limited to special requirements needed for the reprocessing of each piece of RME. When assigned to Non-Critical RME. The incumbent Non-Critical RME Coordinator will oversee end user education, will support end-user with development of policies and standard operating procedures. Conducts random quality assurance to inspections to ensure end users follow manufacturers IFU during cleaning of all non-critical RME. The RME coordinator will participate in quality assurances by gathering data for presentation at various forum and perform other SPS related duties as delegated by the Chief of SPS. The non-critical RME Coordinator will serve as subject matter expert on non-critical RME within the Medical Center and shall manage a database of all non-critical RME within the Medical Center. He/she will ensure a SharePoint database is maintained and work in collaboration with Infection Control to identify the appropriate disinfectant for specific noncritical RME. The RME Coordinator for SPS is responsible for maintenance of all competencies in accordance with VHA directive and facility policy. Functional Statement: Nurse 1 level 1-3 - 000000 Nurse 2 - 000000 Nurse 3 - 000000 Work Schedule: 8 hour shifts Monday thru Friday. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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