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As the chair of the RAPS San Francisco Chapter, I'd like to personally welcome you to the RAPS community! By being a member of RAPS, not only are you connected to 14,000+ regulatory professionals worldwide, you also have access to a vibrant regulatory community right here in the Bay Area.

The RAPS San Francisco Chapter conducts professional development and networking activities throughout the year to help members connect, build relationships and increase their knowledge. RAPS is a volunteer-driven organization. I’ve benefited in so many ways by getting involved in helping our chapter. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at the chapter and national levels. I am happy to help you identify a way that you can contribute your time that meets your interests and serves your personal growth needs.

If you are a RAPS member, log in for full access to the chapter member directory and discussion board. Members residing outside of this chapter’s region can find and join a chapter's online community from the chapter community listing.

I hope you will join us at our next event. I look forward to introducing you to some of our other members and volunteers. Again, welcome to RAPS and please let me know how I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Susan Carino, RAC
Chair, San Francisco Chapter

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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight
Each month, RAPS turns the spotlight on a member making an impact in RAPS and on the regulatory community. These members are the backbone of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and an inspiration for others. If you are interested in being highlighted or nominating another member for the spotlight, please contact Austen Gage at agage@raps.org.

Local Regulatory Job Openings

  • Tucson, Arizona, Primary City/State: Tucson, Arizona Department Name: Quality Improvement-Hosp Work Shift: Day Job Category: Risk, Quality and Safety At Banner Health, we're excited about what the future holds for health care. That's why we're changing the industry to make the health care experience the best it can be! Our team has come together with a common goal: Make health care easier, so life can be better. The future of health care starts here. If you're ready to change lives, we want to hear from you. Do you have what it takes to make a difference? Do you have a passion for creating a world of quality care for patients and their families? Then we would love to talk to you about our position! You will have the opportunity to work with an amazing team that makes Quality Initiatives their priority. In this position you will be working heavily in Microsoft Excel and with substantial amounts of confidential data. You will also need to be comfortable working independently or in a team setting as there are monthly and quarterly meetings with other team members. Your attention to detail and strong organization skills are highly needed in this position. We are looking for someone with problem solving skills, communication and customer service skills. Must be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, physicians, patients and other business partners. Bring your ability to multi-task, work under pressure with changing priorities and short deadlines. Your experience as a previous RN or clinical staff is a huge plus! This position will be working Monday-Friday; day shift. Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life. University Medical Center South Banner - University Medical Center South is a comprehensive medical center that includes an Emergency department, a state-designated trauma center and a Behavioral Health Pavilion. We are an Arizona Department of Health Services-accredited Cardiac Receiving Center and a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders-designated senior-friendly hospital. The hospital is staffed by physicians who are full-time faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and is managed by Banner Health under an operating agreement with Pima County. Our specialty services include inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, treatment and education for diabetes, innovative geriatrics care and comprehensive orthopedics. POSITION SUMMARY This position provides ongoing assessment of performance, facilitates prioritization of improvement activities, oversees performance improvement projects and ensures successful clinical project implementation at operating entities. The position works closely with both system and operating entity initiatives. All work processed by the incumbent is considered confidential and protected from discovery, pursuant to state statutes. CORE FUNCTIONS 1. Supports implementation of clinical practices. May support and facilitate implementation and performance improvement activities related to or resulting from patient safety, harm reduction, clinical performance, peer review, and compliance with the requirements of regulatory and accrediting agencies such as TJC, CMS, Quality Improvement Organization and DHS. 2. Provides ongoing assessment of performance, analyzes clinical outcome data, and identifies performance improvement opportunities or trends. Conducts high level assessments, gathers information and collaborates with the appropriate process owner(s) to identify opportunities for improvement. Analyzes data for administrative and clinical decision making. 3. Facilitates prioritization of improvement activities with system and facility leadership. 4. Supports development of annual quality plans with service line/process owners. 5. Initiates and oversees performance improvement projects in collaboration with project lead. Serves as a resource and/or facilitates improvement teams to plan, implement, and coordinate entity activities to maximize clinical and operational outcomes. Participates on improvement teams, guiding/coaching them on the system defined improvement process. 6. Serves as a resource for assessment of clinical performance and performance improvement methodologies throughout the facility and system. 7. Maintains clinical performance assessment, performance improvement, change management and project facilitation expertise through independent study as well as attending education workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies. 8. Responsibilities cross all levels of internal customers including the department, facility and system, and external customers including but not limited to the medical staff, the community, regulatory bodies and state agencies. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Requires Bachelor's degree or equivalent in nursing or other healthcare related field. RN license in state worked OR a clinical background with current license/certification or equivalent experience. Requires a proficiency level typically attained with 5 years acute care clinical experience. Requires ability to perform complex statistical analysis and highly developed problem solving skills. Requires the ability to manage programs and projects. Requires demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and written communication skills. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Registered Nurse (RN) license preferred. Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification is preferred. Experience with process improvement, regulatory/accreditation programs, data management, and analysis including graphic development and presentations is highly desirable. Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
  • Worland, Wyoming, Primary City/State: Worland, Wyoming Department Name: Quality Improvement-Hosp Work Shift: Day Job Category: Risk, Quality and Safety Great careers are built at Banner Health. We understand that talented health care professionals appreciate having options. We are proud to offer our team members many career and lifestyle choices throughout our network of facilities. Apply today, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Worland is located within the Big Horn Basin and along the Big Horn River in beautiful Northwestern Wyoming. A community hub, Worland has a proud heritage of initiative, innovation and offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. As a Quality Safety and Infection Prevention Program Senior Manager, you will be responsible for Quality, Infection Prevention and Patient Safety (Q/IP/PS) monitoring, surveillance, data analysis, and performance improvement. This position is typically Monday - Friday with an opportunity to alternate the work schedule between four 10 hour days and five 8 hour days. If you have a passion for this line of work and want to join a dynamic team that supports each other to offer a flexible work schedule, apply today! Your pay and benefits are important components of your journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefits to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life. With a 50-year tradition of quality caring, Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo. is a 18-bed critical access hospital with "big city" capabilities. This includes a 64-slice CT scanner, 3D tomosynthesis mammography, 1.5 tesla MRI, Ultrasound, fluro, electronic medical records and a full service, state-of-the-art lab. Our trauma ED is staffed with full-time physicians and our surgery services include 24/7 CRNA coverage including OB epidurals, two general surgeons, orthopedic surgery, and ambulatory treatment. In addition, we provide a variety of wellness activities and feature an active rehab department. POSITION SUMMARY This position promotes high reliability in clinical performance and patient safety through assessment, facilitation and prioritization of improvement activities, overseeing performance improvement projects and ensuring successful clinical project implementation at operating entities. This position additionally has oversight and direction of the infection prevention program for all departments throughout a facility or ambulatory setting, including surveillance, infection prevention and control measures, and education for employees. The position works closely with both system and operating entities to improve quality, infection prevention, patient safety and outcomes of clinical care. All work processed by the team member is considered confidential and protected from discovery, pursuant to state statutes. CORE FUNCTIONS 1. Responsible for oversight and assessment of clinical performance data, infection prevention data, and care delivery practices. Collaborates with administrators, physicians, clinical leaders and staff to identify improvement opportunities utilizing quantitative techniques, knowledge of health care operations and systems thinking. Obtains and uses literature, evidence-based practice and benchmark data whenever possible. 2. Conducts focused surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), detects and records HAIs on a systematic and current basis, analyzes HAIs and prepares reports for the Infection Control Committee of the facility or ambulatory setting. Reports communicable diseases as required by regulation. 3. Improves clinical performance identifies causes of variation, serves as a subject matter expert and supports implementation of systems and processes to facilitate effective clinical practice. Leverages results from clinical performance, infection prevention, peer review, regulatory, patient safety and others to align performance improvement opportunities with system and local teams. 4. Facilitates prioritization of improvement activities with system and entity leadership, based on current risk assessment and performance. Conducts collection, aggregation and analysis of data, i.e. clinical performance, surveillance, etc. Initiates epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infections and single cases of unusual infection. Coordination and dissemination of information to support administrative and clinical decision making. Collaborates with the appropriate process owner(s) to identify opportunities for improvement. 5. Establishes and oversees the development and implementation of annual quality plans with administrative, service line and process owners. Strategizes with entity leadership to plan and coordinate local Quality Councils. 6. Manages and coaches performance improvement activities and oversees projects in collaboration with project leaders and administrators. Serves as a subject matter expert and/or facilitates improvement teams to plan, implement, and coordinate entity activities to maximize clinical and operational outcomes. Participates on improvement teams, guiding teams on system defined improvement methodologies and processes. 7. Reviews and assists with implementation of policies, procedures and guidelines as they relate to infection prevention. Conducts infection prevention education and in-service programs to departments, including orientation for new employees. Conducts construction, renovation, environmental, and infection prevention rounds, ensuring compliance with system policy and national and/or professional standards for a safe environment. 8. Achieves and maintains professional competencies in assessment, performance improvement, surveillance, infection prevention, change/project management, and patient safety. Competency and expertise are obtained through independent study, internal development courses, attending education workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, board certification, and participating in professional organizations. Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert for physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors, and other professional and non- professional staff members. 9. Responsibility for Quality Improvement (QI), Infection Prevention (IP) and Patient Safety at a single entity and additionally is involved in system-level IP, QI and patient safety activities. Internal customers include all assigned entity administrators, physicians, staff, volunteers and corporate administrators, leadership team and staff. External customers include public health agencies, general public, accreditation and regulatory organizations, payers, patients and physicians. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Requires Bachelor's degree or equivalent in nursing or other healthcare related field. RN license in state worked OR a clinical background with current license/certification or equivalent experience. Must have a proficiency level typically attained with five years experience in Quality Management/Performance Improvement. Requires at least two years management experience or demonstrated leadership abilities through successful large scale projects. Must possess demonstrated flexibility in responding to the needs of multiple constituencies with a service-oriented philosophy. Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams. Must possess demonstrated skill in problem analysis, project management, conflict resolution and oral and written presentations. Requires ability to balance and manage multiple projects. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS BSN/Master's degree in nursing or Master's in other healthcare related field. Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) training course or equivalent. Certifications: CIC, CPHQ, CPPS or other relevant certifications. Computer skills, research and basic statistical knowledge is preferred. Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, Description In alignment with CHRISTUS St Vincent Clinician Groups' (CSVCG) Mission, Vision and Values -- The Quality and Performance Coordinator, under the direction of Executive Director of Quality, Medical Director of Quality, and CMO will assist in development of processes that facilitate the ability of the provider to deliver the highest standard of care in the ambulatory environment. This includes supporting the clinical initiatives in all CSVCG ambulatory practice settings, implementation of clinical protocols, and development of clinical policies & procedures, training associated on-going surveillance and actions needed to assure compliance with all applicable regulatory standards and performance commitments.   Works with direction from CSVRMC Executive Director of Quality, Medical Director of Quality, and CMO and through CSVCG Operational leaders at all levels to develop quality goals, standards and metrics. Working with the practice leaders, the ACQPIC will assist in the monitoring of and compliance with quality standards in the practice area. Fosters alignment with CSVCG practices with all system initiatives related to clinical quality processes. Advises and leads CSVCG Ambulatory Clinic teams and individuals toward optimum quality effectiveness and outcomes that are individualized based on the scope of care and service in each individual CSVCG practice setting. In coordination with other CSVCG specialty/surveillance/performance leaders- serves as clinical advisor, facilitator, and coach for ambulatory/clinic-level interpretation, implementation and on-going performance related to ambulatory clinic quality function.   Serves as facilitator, advisor and coach to maximize associated patient, provider and staff satisfaction with care, service and work experience.   Advises and educates CSVCG leaders and staff at all levels on new and innovative quality care initiatives. Requirements EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree required . Master's degree in Healthcare or Business Management preferred.   CERTIFICATION/LICENSES: Quality/Patient Safety certification preferred. .   SKILLS: Ability to perform each essential duty satisfactorily High level analytical ability Substantial interpersonal skills Attention to detail Ability to perform intense concentration for extended periods Ability to easily adapt to new programs and technology. Advanced computer knowledge, including Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel & Outlook Knowledge of EPIC is essential A dvanced knowledge of quality and safety programs, research and regulations at a level of related experience in Quality Assurance, Safety, or Managed Care, preferred   EXPERIENCE: Three years m anagement experience and Quality/Patient Safety Regulatory or other Standards Compliance experience preferred. One year of e xperience in acute and ambulatory care settings. Related healthcare experience will be considered   NATURE OF SUPERVISION: Responsible to: CSVRMC Executive Director of Quality, Medical Director of Quality, and CMO   ENVIRONMENT: Bloodborne pathogen: B -- If involved in clinical contact. Works in a clean, well-lighted, smoke free environment Able to travel to multiple sites as needed   PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Subject to stressful professional relationships. Working hours vary, with flexibility due to unexpected changes in schedule and emergencies. Requires the ability to speak, listen, develop and communicate written materials. May be required to lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions .