U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1708435
This position is located at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA, under the Office of the ADPCS/Nurse Executive and reports to the Medical Center Director.

This is an open continuous announcement.  All qualified applications received for this position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration until a selection has been made.  Beginning June 2, 2016, applications will be referred on a bi-weekly basis and the position may be filled at any time.

NOTE:  This job opportunity announcement is only open to current, permanent Veterans Administration employees.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Duties

The Associate Director for Patient Care Services is the top executive within nursing and is a key member of the senior executive leadership team of the organization, involved in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. The Associate Director for Patient Care Services has the authority and responsibility for establishing standards of nursing practice and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services. He/she is the chief spokesperson for organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals. Duties would typically include, but not be limited to:

·         Chief spokesperson for organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals.

·         The Associate Director for Patient Care Services is a member of the OBVAMC Executive Leadership Team, along with the Medical Center Director, the Associate Medical Center Director, the Chief of Staff, and the Assistant Medical Center Director.

·         The Associate Director for Patient Care Services participates fully in upper-level management decisions to speak on behalf of nursing and other hospital administration issues and is a member of all medical center-level Councils and Committees that govern and influence the operations of the medical center, such as the Facility Leadership Board, Health Systems Council, Resource Management Board, and the Affiliation Partnership Council/Dean’s Committee.

·         Actively involved in strategic planning with the VISN 16 Network Director and nationally.

·         Responsible for the practice of nursing 24/7 by all registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and allied health staff (LPNs, NAs, etc.) regardless of line authority.  He/she has line authority over other services assigned.

·         The Associate Director for Patient Care Services will exercise final authority and approval over nursing job descriptions, nursing care policies and procedures; nursing standards of patient care, treatment, and services; standards of nursing practice; nurse staffing plans; and standards to measure, assess, and improve patient outcomes.

·         Ensures that all registered nurses, advance practice nurses, and licensed practical nurses are licensed, certified, and/or registered upon employment, and thereafter.

·         Ensures a competency process is in place to evaluate individual practice, as well as a review process for annual performance ratings.

·         The Associate Director for Patient Care Services and other nursing leaders participate with leaders from the Executive Leadership Team, management, medical staff, clinical areas, and administrative areas in strategic planning and decision-making processes.

·         Nursing leaders in all services are permitted input into nursing policy development and may participate in the Associate Director for Patient Care Services’ Administrative Staff Meetings, encompassing nursing management and staff development.  Appropriate delegation of nursing activities is accomplished to nurse leaders in all services.

·         The Associate Director for Patient Care Services has the authority and responsibility for establishing standards of nursing practice and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services.

Work Schedule: Generally, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Functional Statement Title/#: Associate Director for Patient Care Services/000000

Nurse Executive Special pay MAY be authorized.

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. 

Relocation incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel will be required to visit associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and for VISN/Headquarters requirements.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. Relocation incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.


Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted license, certification, or registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

·         U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

·         Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant:  The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

·         The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing.  Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6).

·          Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Education/Experience Requirements:

·           Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) obtained through a “bridge program” and 5-6 years of experience as a nurse in a clinical setting. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic and advanced certification OR

·           Master’s degree in nursing or related field with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 5-6 years of experience as a nurse in a clinical setting. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic or advanced certification OR

·            Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field and approximately 4-5 years’ experience. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic or advanced certification.

Grade Determinations:

The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:

·             Nurse V – Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience. 

Reference:  VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office or

VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Preferred Experience/Education/Certifications:

·           Knowledge of the VA health care delivery system is preferred.

·           Demonstrated skill in providing organizational leadership, or facilitation, in the achievement of goals within a healthcare setting.

·           Demonstrated highly developed interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to work with a variety of health care professionals and other key staff including high level officials.

·          Master’s prepared or Doctoral degree.

·          National certification for a VA approved certifying body as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA_BC) or Nurse Executive (NE-BC) is preferred.

·          VHA Mentor fellow certification is preferred (VHA-CM).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:  Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (without aid); Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″; and Working closely with others.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

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