Job Description

Payroll Title:
Quality & Patient Safety
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Towne Centre Drive
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#119007 RCA/Significant Event Specialist

Filing Deadline: Wed 11/30/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/30/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/11/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled. 


The Quality & Patient Safety Department is proud to support the clinicians at the bedside who make a difference in patient care every day. This department shares the great work being done throughout the health system to measure quality outcomes, improve processes of care and ensure patient safety. The team is here to provide data and facilitate change to accomplish clinical excellence and outstanding external ratings.

The RCA/Significant Event Specialist is a high profile and highly visible role that serves as a leader in sentinel event or significant adverse event reviews. This role also serves as a lead or a resource on patient safety operational activities, projects and initiatives. Leads or participates on projects of large scope and/or significant complexity or risk. Has clinical licensure to provide expertise on events. The ideal candidate is aware of the complex nature of decision making in an academic healthcare organization and is able to apply sound and principled approaches to solving problems.

The RCA/Significant Event Specialist is responsible for effectively and professionally communicating and interacting with Senior leaders, physician leaders, and other leaders across the organization. May be required to present data and analyses to director level and above leaders.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • Nine (9) years of relevant clinical experience or licensed clinician in the State of California (e.g., Nursing, Pharmacy, Respiratory, Physical Therapist); OR five (5) years of relevant clinical experience and a Bachelor's Degree in nursing (BSN) or other health discipline.

  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency in data analysis event investigation, facilitating group work, and working in a hospital environment with systems improvement.

  • Demonstrated experience in investigation of adverse events or root cause analysis.

  • Familiar with navigation of Epic and the medical record.

  • Excellent written communication.


  • MSN or Master’s Degree in health-related field.
  • Experience with a just culture/patient safety culture.
  • Experience with quality improvement methodologies.
  • Expertise in the development and implementation of complex projects including multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate change throughout the health system.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

UC San Diego Health was recently recognized as sixth among the top academic medical centers in the U.S. for excellence in delivering high-quality care. The ranking is based on the Vizient Quality and Accountability dashboard which measures safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, and patient centeredness.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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