Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Anesthesiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Primary oversight, responsibility and sustainment for patient safety, quality, regulatory compliance, patient satisfaction and related performance improvement activities to promote a culture of safety and enhance quality outcomes.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works to strategic initiatives and promotes the patient safety and quality program. Develops and monitors the strategic plan for the establishment and deployment of a patient safety and quality program. Facilitates alignment between overall patient safety and quality strategic plans.
Reviews, investigates and analyzes patient safety events. Provides recommendations for interventions to improve or enhance safety and quality based on analysis. Works collaboratively with key stakeholders to organize cross-service quality teams to review processes and methodologies, analyze results and implement plans for quality improvement. Manages and assists with performance improvement projects. Assists in establishing operational performance measurements and monitoring of key performance indicators.
Reviews available quality and patient safety data to identify areas of high risk for deviation from standards and assist with the development of quality improvement plans. Assesses the need for internal audits of patient safety and quality processes and metrics, conducts audits and provides feedback for improvement. Assists in the development and implementation of clinical policies/procedures and clinical regulatory plans related to patient safety and quality improvement.
Ensuring consistent management of the Event Reporting System (ERS), including development and sustainment of a patient safety and quality review team. Provides new user training and acts as a resource.� Supports and assists with physician peer review (FPPE/OPPE) processes. Supports and assists with Clinician Support Program, including support of residents, fellows, and faculty members at debrief meetings.
Participates in and facilitates Patient Safety and Quality meetings, including monthly and quarterly FPP meetings, patient safety debrief meetings, root cause analysis meetings and performance improvement meetings. Works collaboratively with other patient safety, quality and performance improvement professionals, sharing best practices, tools and materials. Seeks out best practices and acts as a champion to implement these practices.
Provides staff education to nurses, physicians, health staff, other clinical departments, committees and others regarding concepts of patient safety and quality outcomes. Assists with dissemination of safety, quality and performance improvement information, including areas of opportunity and successes.� Participates in clinical rounding to engage with caregivers and frontline staff responsible for meeting safety and quality standards.
Maintains working knowledge of emerging safety and quality measurement and benchmarking initiatives internal to the organization and in the industry. Develops and delivers safety, quality and performance improvement related presentations. Promotes participation on patient safety, quality and other types of surveys.
Works collaboratively with internal and external partners to promote, coordinate and compile data from a variety of sources. Collaborates and provides feedback on the design of information technology infrastructure required to support a performance and quality improvement system.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or related field and 3-5 years’ relevant work experience required.
Strong data analysis, facilitation, organizational and communication skills required.
Master’s degree and relevant work experience in a complex healthcare organization preferred.
Working knowledge of Epic Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) preferred.���
RN licensed in the State of Missouri preferred.
Certification in the area of patient safety and/or quality preferred.�
Superior analytic skills; exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills; confidence and comfort in working in a largely independent role; strong project management aptitude with experience in planning, facilitating, and organizing improvement teams; extreme degree of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality; comfort interacting with and publicly presenting to with a broad array of administrative and clinical staff, including senior management; experience with performance improvement methods, including statistical concepts, applications and data collection.
Proficiency in interpreting, formatting and presenting data is essential.
Experience in program development from early concepts to full implementation.
Professional confidence is essential as the role is largely independent and self-sustaining with key involvement as a process and change leader.
High degree of professionalism and considerable discretion.
The hiring range for this position is $64,854 - $84,365 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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