The Chief Nurse Anesthetist makes recommendations that may significantly affect the content, interpretation, or development of VA policies or programs concerning critical matters or major issues within the anesthesia arena. They regularly provide anesthesia care in unusually extensive and complex surgical procedures that are of prolonged duration and involve high-risk patients, including development of individualized programs of post-op anesthesia care. The major duties of the Chief Nurse Anesthetist include, but are not limited to: Works in a close collaboration with the Service Chief and other Section Chiefs and supervisors. Communicate the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department. Function as a departmental resource while promoting team functioning and representing the organization in a positive and professional manner. Effectively and consistently communicate administrative directives to personnel and encourage interactive departmental meetings and discussions. Perform management activities including interviewing, hiring and discipline. Interpret and enforces Human Resource Management policies in a consistent manner. Resolve personnel concerns at the departmental level, utilizing the grievance process as necessary. Recognize and evaluate the strengths and weakness of self and staff while regularly coaching staff on their contribution to the mission of the agency and with their performance development. Help staff to understand the context of their work and how it relates to the work of others and the agency. Schedule and adjust staffing, as appropriate, for fluctuations in workload. Delegate appropriately to subordinates to share responsibilities for efficient and fair departmental operations. Monitor the quality of anesthesia care. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of nurse anesthesia care rendered by nurse anesthetists anywhere in the facility through the use of performance evaluations. Ensure retrospective, ongoing and continuing evaluation of the quality of performance by anesthesia technicians through use of performance evaluations. Provide education to staff on performance improvement and supports quality initiatives in the department. Promotes employee development and research initiatives. Supports collaboration with educational facilities and student nurse anesthetists programs. Attend departmental, organizational and medical staff (as appropriate to departmental rules and regulations) committee meetings. Attend committee, QI and management meetings, as appropriate. Participate in the development and implementation of anesthesia specific policies and procedures in conjunction with the medical staff and Service Chief. Ensure Departmental documentation meets current standards and policies. Delivers anesthesia care as needed in the more complex anesthetic procedures and to high risk patients such as those in the older age group or with significant comorbidities. Participates in the audit of anesthesia care, recommending changes where indicated. Work Schedule: 7:00AM-5:30PM, 4 days per week Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.