The Chief Nursing Service is responsible for: Administrative functions of his/her assigned units/programs. Functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Patient Care Services and other services. Must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. 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. GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience. Physical Demands: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires a combination of walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, pulling, and pushing with potentially long periods of sitting. Transferring patients and objects may occasionally be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or during patient procedures and care. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Use of fingers, both hands, and near and far vision is required. ["Chief, Nursing Services: Is accountable for day-to-day operation and management of Nursing Services which includes leadership of managers of the following areas: Acute Care, Community Living Center, (Long Term Care, Hospice, Short Term Rehabilitation), Urgent Care Center (UCC), Employee Occupational Health, Home and Community Based Care ( Home Based Primary Care, Community Nursing Home, other Non-Institutional Care Programs), Connected Care (Home Telehealth, Telehealth and My HealtheVet), Multidrug Resistant Organism (MDRO) program, off tour supervisors (Patient Care Facilitators), and Respiratory Therapy. The Chief, Nursing Services has responsibility for both the management operations and the clinical practice within designated specialty areas. Incumbent works with the program Medical Directors in achieving the strategic goals and performance measures within Nursing Services. Exhibits leadership that it characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influences organizational mission and health care. Creates a culture and environment that utilizes evidence-based practice as the pathway to improved outcomes. Supports and actively participates in initiatives such as High Reliability Organization (HRO), Patient Centered Care, Just Culture, and I CARE. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the Veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. Basic Life Support (BLS) required. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm\nTelework: Ad Hoc may be authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.