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Quality Nurse Consultant I
Kaiser Permanente | Santa Rosa, California
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Job Description

Coordinates quality, accreditation, regulatory and licensing (AR&L), patient safety and risk management activities for the medical center. Provides clinical, educational, consulting, and coordinating support to assigned areas. Uses nurses' licensure as a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill for indirect patient care services that ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients; and the performance of disease prevention and restorative measures.

 

Essential Functions:
Acts as a consultant for quality, AR&L, risk, patient safety, and infection prevention activities and programs.
Assists with quality management studies through data collection, data input and report development.
Analyzes, interprets and provides recommendation based on quality principles.
Organize and coordinate project planning, group process facilitation, training, and appropriate application of information technology.
Reports all occurrences which may lead to medical center liability and follows up as necessary.
Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration for implementation of evidence based guidelines, criteria and other clinical tools to reduce variation in clinical practice and to optimize clinical outcomes.
Educates physicians and staff regarding regional projects or regulatory reviews, i.e. the interpretation of regulatory requirements and the methods of compliance when preparing for a review or the interpretation of project goals.
Analyzes risk management/patient safety principles and provides recommendations for the incorporation of risk management principles in each medical center.
Provides support services to appropriate medical center staff in implementing risk management principles into credentialing processes.
Participates in special projects as assigned, such as statistical reports for state, federal, and local agencies.
Applies the appropriate performance improvement methodology to address improvement opportunity (eg. MFI, Lean DMAIC).
May support infection prevention and control activities.
Supports maintenance of IC records and policy/procedure manual reviews and revisions.
Supports the medical center's continuous survey readiness program to maintain compliance with regulatory standards.

Coordinates quality, accreditation, regulatory and licensing (AR&L), patient safety and risk management activities for the medical center. Provides clinical, educational, consulting, and coordinating support to assigned areas. Uses nurses' licensure as a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill for indirect patient care services that ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients; and the performance of disease prevention and restorative measures.

 

Essential Functions:
Acts as a consultant for quality, AR&L, risk, patient safety, and infection prevention activities and programs.
Assists with quality management studies through data collection, data input and report development.
Analyzes, interprets and provides recommendation based on quality principles.
Organize and coordinate project planning, group process facilitation, training, and appropriate application of information technology.
Reports all occurrences which may lead to medical center liability and follows up as necessary.
Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration for implementation of evidence based guidelines, criteria and other clinical tools to reduce variation in clinical practice and to optimize clinical outcomes.
Educates physicians and staff regarding regional projects or regulatory reviews, i.e. the interpretation of regulatory requirements and the methods of compliance when preparing for a review or the interpretation of project goals.
Analyzes risk management/patient safety principles and provides recommendations for the incorporation of risk management principles in each medical center.
Provides support services to appropriate medical center staff in implementing risk management principles into credentialing processes.
Participates in special projects as assigned, such as statistical reports for state, federal, and local agencies.
Applies the appropriate performance improvement methodology to address improvement opportunity (eg. MFI, Lean DMAIC).
May support infection prevention and control activities.
Supports maintenance of IC records and policy/procedure manual reviews and revisions.
Supports the medical center's continuous survey readiness program to maintain compliance with regulatory standards.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
Minimum five (5) years of experience in an acute care setting.
Education
Bachelor's degree in nursing, business administration, economics, health care administration, operation research, public health administration, or other related field.
License, Certification, Registration
Current RN license in California.
 
Additional Requirements:

Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
 

Preferred Qualifications:
Three (3) years of experience with quality assessment, quality improvement, and quality demonstration.

Master's degree preferred.
Quality/ Risk/Patient Safety/ Just Culture/Project Management/ Lean/ IP certification preferred.

CIC certificate required within a year, if primary job focus is Infection Control.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
Minimum five (5) years of experience in an acute care setting.
Education
Bachelor's degree in nursing, business administration, economics, health care administration, operation research, public health administration, or other related field.
License, Certification, Registration
Current RN license in California.
 
Additional Requirements:

Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
 

Preferred Qualifications:
Three (3) years of experience with quality assessment, quality improvement, and quality demonstration.

Master's degree preferred.
Quality/ Risk/Patient Safety/ Just Culture/Project Management/ Lean/ IP certification preferred.

CIC certificate required within a year, if primary job focus is Infection Control.

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.