Nursing Consultant Institutional (EA27 & EA29 District 3) 2013-02055
State of Washington - Lakewood, WA

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Our Vision is:

Safe, healthy individuals, families and communities

Our Mission is:

The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

Our Values are:

Excellence in Service
Respect
Collaboration and Partnership
Diversity
Accountability

This recruitment is for two nursing home surveyor positions in Lakewood, Washington.

The Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA), Residential Care Services Division’s purpose is to promote and protect the rights, security and well-being of individuals living in licensed or certified residential settings.

Our objectives include:
  • Advocacy partnerships with vulnerable individuals, their representatives, family members, providers, and others working for their benefit.
  • A fair, consistent, and efficient regulatory system that promotes positive outcomes.
  • A division culture that values learning, respect, improvement, teamwork, and adaptability.
  • Individual and organization efforts to build a working environment that attracts and retains a highly skilled workforce.
This position conducts onsite nursing home visits for state licensure and/or federal certification surveys. Responsibilities include the performance of all survey activities as listed in the State Operations Manual and applicable state procedures as well as accurate communication of findings to nursing home management orally and in writing. Position serves as a resource person to non-nurse peers. Responsibilities include planning survey activities, conducting interviews, observing residents and their environment, and performing record reviews.

Duties:

Plan and organize workload to meet performance standards. Conduct surveys using the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) computer assisted survey process, state licensure surveys; and complaint investigations in accordance with applicable procedures and agency directives to determine compliance with state law and regulations. Initiate and complete accurate timely reports.
Conduct interviews with individual residents, resident family members and other community representatives to obtain information regarding practices of providers and residents’ satisfaction with the care and services provided by the facility.
Make visual and auditory observations of resident services and care and the physical environment in which the services are provided.
Communicate with team members, providers, staff, residents and families using a calm, respectful, non-threatening, objective demeanor without confrontation or personal opinion.
Evaluate nursing care within parameters of state regulations.
Obtain necessary and relevant information regarding residents’ care and services from professional records, facility staff and other sources.
Recognize and analyze deficient practice and effectively communicate to team members, other department staff and provider staff.
Organize findings, develop and prepare a thorough, detailed written report in a timely manner.
Observe and interview residents, staff and facility functions for extended periods of time.
Learn and keep current on new principles of nursing practice.
Work effectively individually as well as a member of a multidisciplinary team in positive, professional peer review manner.
Effectively communicate with diverse populations.
Maintain and objective, professional and respectful demeanor with difficult persons and events.
Computer skills to effectively use and maintain programs related to position.
Accept and follow procedures and directives from management.
Identify and follow chain of command and utilize appropriate communication channels.

Qualifications:

Required education and experience:
A Master’s degree in nursing, preferably including or supplemented by approved curriculum in public health nursing, or a Bachelor’s degree involving major study in nursing and three years of clinical or functional nursing experience and two years of clinical experience in the field of nursing.

Required skills and abilities:
Must be able to successfully perform the essential functions described in the PDF.

Must be able to effectively communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position.

Computer skills to effectively use and maintain programs related to position.

Desirable Skills and Abilities:
Ability to maintain an objective, professional and respectful demeanor with difficult persons and events.

Ability to communicate with diverse populations.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of institutional nursing services; public health and professional nursing fields; community organization and resources; effective teaching methods; organization, administration, and supervision; research and study methods.

Ability to: evaluate institutional nursing services; exercise objective judgment; stimulate local cooperation and support for effective nursing service; bring about improved practices.

Supplemental Information:

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact Lynda Mullen at 360-725-2594 or mullell@dshs.wa.gov

The incumbent must pass the Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT) to obtain SMQT certification within one year of employment.

The incumbent must become a QIS Registered Surveyor.

The incumbent must hold a valid Washington State license to practice as a registered professional nurse.

Successful completion of a background check is required.

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