Nurse Executive (Associate Director of Patient Care Services)

US Department of Veterans Affairs - Saint Cloud, MN

Full-time | Part-time | Commission
Duties
Summary
The Nurse Executive (Associate Director of Patient Care Services) is the top executive within nursing and is a key leader in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. The ADPCS/NE has the authority and responsibility for establishing standards for the practice of nursing at the health care system level and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services.

Responsibilities
The Nurse Executive (Associate Director of Patient Care Services) is responsible for contributing to and participating in the entire health care system including establishment and administration of policies, procedures, and practices in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of the VHA, VISN 23, and SCVAHCS. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Exercises final authority and approval over nursing functional statements, job descriptions, nursing care policies and procedures, nurse staffing plans, and performance/quality improvement plans related to nursing practice;
Ensures that performance review and competency assessment processes are in place to evaluate individual practice and support the development of nursing education programs at the systems level;
Chairs the Nurse Executive Council (NEC) and oversees the Nurse Professional Practice Committee (NPPC) and Nursing Leadership Committee (NLC) through delegated authority to a Nurse IV;
Departmental and financial oversight, and line authority over Sterile Processing Services (SPS}, Nutrition/Food Service (NFS }, the Nursing Education Program, Education, and Social Work Services;
Develops and implements a plan for the delivery of patient care services based upon professional practice standards, VHA guidelines/policies, and accrediting bodies;
Oversees the development of methods to assess the patient care delivery system;
Establishes and maintains a climate that promotes high quality care for the Veteran population;
Participates as an active member of senior leadership on high level health care system committees such as the Executive Leadership Board (ELB); Quality, Safety, Value Executive Council (QSVEC); Medical Staff Executive Council (MSEC); Safety and Health Executive Council (SHEC); and Peer Review;
Provides consultation to health care system staff and the greater community in areas of expertise;
Formulates, reviews, and revises policies and other professional practice standards essential for the delivery of high-quality patient care;
Provides leadership for and demonstrates safe work practices in compliance with safety rules and regulations;
Encourages prompt reporting of all accidents and unsafe environmental situations/conditions;
Assures nursing input into ethical decision-making at facility level by appointing and supporting nursing representation on the Integrated Ethics Committee;
Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Administrative Days.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
5

Job family (Series)
0610 Nurse

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2019.

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 thefollowing 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 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.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.
Education
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

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.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing

Required Documents

Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
Cover Letter
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
License
VHA 10-2850A
Resume
SF-15
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Transcript
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
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