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Nurse Health Facilities Compliance Inspector (RN) (Health Professional III), Denver, CO


Organization: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Category: Registered Nurse
Location: Denver, CO
Date Job Posted: May 20, 2021
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Nurse Health Facilities Compliance Inspector (RN) (Health Professional III)

Salary $67,488.00 Annually
Location Denver, CO
Job Type Full Time
Department Department of Public Health & Environment
Job Number FAA01307-03/17

Department Information

Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division
Home and Community Services Program and
Acute Care and Nursing Facilities Programs
This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This announcement will remain open until an adequate applicant pool has been identified or until the closing date whichever occurs first. Applicants are encouraged to submit an application before the listed closing date.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Recruiting for vacancies in:

  • Home and Community Services Section (home care, hospice)
  • Acute Care Section (hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, renal dialysis centers).
  • Nursing Facilities Section (skilled nursing homes).

Special note: These positions require travel independently or as a member of a team 70% of the time.
These positions are budgeted at $5,624.00 per month. This salary amount is not negotiable.

Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .
Do you desire a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a career position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to advance Colorado's health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
  • A variety of employee resource groups

DESCRIPTION OF JOB:

ABOUT THE WORK UNIT:

The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (HFEMSD) is responsible for the oversight and enforcement of a broad range of federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to a wide variety of health care facilities and services in Colorado, numbering approximately 3,200 facilities, including hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, renal dialysis centers, emergency medical services providers, designated trauma centers, long term care facilities, and many other specific types of health care services. The division licenses, recommends for certification and surveys (sampling inspections) healthcare facilities and services; provides patient safety and healthcare quality programs; recognizes Emergency Medical Service (EMS) education programs and certifies EMS providers; and licenses all air ambulance services operating within the state.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION:

  • Work independently or as a member of an interdisciplinary team to assess the care, treatment and quality of life provided by regulated health care facilities and programs through observations, interviews, and record review.
  • Will work remotely when not out on a facility survey.
  • On an unannounced basis, independently or as a member of an interdisciplinary team conduct inspections to ensure that the facility is operating in accordance with .
  • Determines whether the entity is operating in compliance with Applicable statutes/regulations.
  • As an RN, serves as a clinical resource, with the ability to determine whether the delivery of nursing care is in accordance with professional standards of practice and relevant state and federal requirements.
  • Works as the RN required for the survey team, and conducts nursing observations and medication pass tasks, as applicable.
  • Collects and documents evidence and survey results based upon observations, interviews and record review.
  • Analyzes the evidence and survey results in order to determine whether and how the health care facility is out of compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.
  • Uses judgment and experience in choosing specific regulations to be cited.
  • Writes clear, concise, and legally defensible statements of deficiencies based on analysis of the documented findings and extensive knowledge of these laws, regulations and guidelines as set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and State regulations, Principles of Documentation, and program-specific protocols, policies and procedures, as applicable.
  • Investigates complex complaint allegations, analyzes the data gathered during the investigation, determines whether the allegations of regulatory noncompliance are substantiated and, if substantiated, and determines the appropriate regulatory citations to be issued.
  • Based upon analysis of data gathered, identifies non-compliance that constitutes immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of residents/patients and consults with program manager or supervisor for further instruction.
  • Reviews and determines whether a plan of correction (POC) submitted by a non-compliant facility meets regulatory requirements.
  • Acts as resource, educator, and interpreter of regulations for service providers and consumers, based upon established guidelines, policies and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & APPEAL RIGHTS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants may qualify in one of two ways however, all applicants must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse issued by the state of Colorado or other state that is part of the interstate compact.

Six years of applicable health care experience in a facility or program regulated by the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. At least two years of this experience must be work as a Registered Nurse.

OR

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Nursing,

And

Two years of professional experience as a Registered Nurse providing health care in a facility or program regulated by the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division or regulatory work in such a facility.

Other job requirements:

  • Current license as a Registered Nurse issued by the state of Colorado or other state that is part of the interstate compact.
  • Possession of a Colorado Driver's License, and willingness, and ability to travel independently or with a group of other health professionals.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Additional appropriate experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. A master's degree in Nursing may substitute for the bachelor's degree and one year of the required experience.

NOTE: If using this substitution to qualify, a legible copy of your college transcripts or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

COVER LETTER REQUIRED:

Along with the application submit a cover letter, not to exceed two typewritten pages; double-spaced detailing how your education and previous work experience has prepared you to excel in this job. Specific examples of determining compliance with regulations or evidence-based practice should be included as well as how you meet the minimum and preferred competencies for the position. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may involve a review of the information you submit in your application and cover letter.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  • Ability and willingness to travel independently or with a group of other health professionals up to 70% of the time.
  • Must be willing to work in environments where contagious diseases may be present.
  • In compliance with a State Board of Health rule, all Compliance Inspectors must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated against influenza each year or agree to wear masks, gowns or other protective gear when in contact with residents/patients of facilities/services regulated by this division.

PREFERRED AND ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES:

The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Knowledge of the clinical operations of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and dialysis centers; (Acute Care Program) or applicable program area.
  • Critical Thinking skills-ability to analyze facts, evidence, precedents and arrive at a logical conclusion.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate treatment plans.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret clinical evidence and findings; Ability to observe, record, and interpret information.
  • Ability to perform the physical demands of this active position.
  • Thoroughness when performing work and conscientiousness in attention to detail;
  • Ability to gather relevant information; identify and analyze problems; use sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions.
  • Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness and respect for individuals.
  • Has knowledge of and effectively applies the concepts, principles, theories and methods of the professional specialty area of registered nursing.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely.
  • Interpersonal and Conflict Management Skills- Displays understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy and concern; develops and maintains effective relationships; deals skillfully with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed; effectively manages and resolves conflicts, confrontations and disagreements in a positive and constructive way; does not avoid conflict when it can produce better solutions.
  • Must have experience in health care delivery which provided working knowledge of current practice related to the duties of this position.
  • Ability to assess the care, treatment and quality of life provided by health care facilities through observations, interviews, and record review.
  • Ability to determine whether the delivery of nursing care is in accordance with professional standards of practice and relevant state and federal requirements.
  • Ability to analyze the evidence and survey results in order to determine whether and how the health care facility is out of compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.
  • Experience and ability to write clear, concise, and legally defensible statements of deficiencies based on analysis of the documented findings and extensive knowledge of these laws, regulations and guidelines.

APPEAL RIGHTS:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

HOW TO APPLY:

Thank you for your interest. You must be a Colorado resident to apply. Submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and answer all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided. Be certain to attach any and all necessary documentation (transcripts, DD214, cover letter, licenses, certifications, etc.) to your application.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via colorado.gov/jobs by the application deadline.
  2. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your colorado.gov/jobs application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
  3. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.
  4. If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.

The Selection Process:

Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from info@governmentjobs.com.

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    1. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

Supplemental Information

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Neil Peters at neil.peters@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

The agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Neil Peters,at [neil.peters@state.co.us.].

CDPHE IS A TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

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