The Associate Chief Nurse for the HBPC, Home Telehealth and Virtual Care Programs provide leadership in the application of organizational processes. The ACN promotes accountability for patient care by communicating information with team members, Health Care System colleagues, community-based practitioners and provides direct patient care including home visits to assess patients' treatment plan. The ACN will promote High Reliability Organization Principles in the performance of their duties. The ACN executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for patient population groups or integrated programs that crosscut many services and/or interdisciplinary lines. The ACN functions as an administrator, educator and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with the ADPCS/NE as well as other health care professionals. The ACN must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center staff and will relate effectively with customers, families and the organization's community partners as well as professional and service leaders at the local and VISN levels. Key relationships with staff are needed (1) to assist supervisors to carry out the functions and activities expected of them, (2) to contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies and objectives for the enhancement of nursing, organization-wide, (3) to assist in policy-making activities related to customer service and the overall functioning of the administrative and clinical programs that crosscut services and/or interdisciplinary lines and influence organizational mission and health care. The ACN is an integral member of Nursing Service leadership/management team and EKHCS leadership team. VAEKHCS is a level 2, dual campus organization, and has 8 Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The incumbent is accountable to the ADPCS/NE for issues that affect nursing practice, such as credentials, functional statements, position descriptions, scopes of practice, standards of practice, clinical performance, competencies, staffing and evaluations of nursing practice. The ACN has direct line authority and responsibility for all nursing staff including the programmatic oversight positions of Nurse Managers, Telehealth Lead and Virtual Telehealth Coordinator, and indirect authority and responsibility of staff that support nursing service, such as Clinical Nurse Leaders/Coordinators, Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator, etc. The ACN is responsible for ensuring provision of high quality and cost-effective patient care in collaboration with other executive management, fulfilling the VHA, VISN and VAEKHCS mission. The ACN is responsible for Nursing Practice Administration and Operations in the outpatient care for the specific areas of supervision. The ACN is responsible for assuring compliance with VAEKHCS, VISN and the VA's Mission, Vision and Values as well as adherence to the internal and external regulatory and accreditation standards, such as External Peer Review Process (EPRP), Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) reports, Press-Ganey Reports, and Performance Measures, and other data trends for early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with the governing services and with other services as necessary. The ACN is responsible for establishing productive working relationships with the ADPCS/NE, other ACNs, administrative services, local bargaining units, professional and interdisciplinary consultants, and community partners. The ACN provides leadership for the nursing staff throughout the programs under the incumbent's position. The incumbent collaborates with the ADPCS/NE and ACNs to establish and maintain standards for the clinical practice standards, thereby promoting uniformity with practice and care through VAEKHCS. The ACN serves as a member of the Nurse Executive Board and various VAEKHCS Committees (as assigned) to ensure nursing practice and operations are consistent throughout VAEKHCS. The ACN participates in assessing the environment, forecasting trends, developing policies, initiating programs and systems and managing nursing budget and staffing. The ACN is responsible for interpreting VHA, VISN and VAEKHCS performance standards, regulations, policies and VHA Directives that impact organizational operations and, as such, is expected to make recommendations for changes or adjustment to local policies, procedures, and standard workflows. The incumbent ensures their staff adhere to and/or meet The Joint Commission Standards, VHA Directives, Performance Measures, and other regulatory agency requirements in the delivery of care. The ACN is responsible for continuous growth and expansion of their HBPC, Home Telehealth and Virtual Telehealth Programs. The HBPC Program covers a radius of 50 miles from Leavenworth, KS; Topeka, KS; Lawrence, KS; Kansas City, KS & MO; St. Joseph, MO; and Junction City, KS. The Home Telehealth Panel encompasses approximately 650 Veterans in the home and the Virtual Care Program has ongoing programs within the VA and extending to Veteran Service Organizations, (VSO), or the home. To comply with the national mandates for the expansion of Home and Community Based Services, the ACN will be responsible for the development and expansion of these programs as mentioned. Work Schedule: Full-time days, Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm Financial 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.