Incumbent executes responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. This Incumbent provides leadership for areas including but not limited to Community Living Centers and Home-Based Primary Care. Responsible for planning organizing, directing and controlling service issues related to operations and ensuring standards of practice accreditation readiness and exceptional health care. EDRP and Incentives are authorized. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: Ideal candidates will possess progressive leadership experience relevant to managing a 100+ employee nursing staff along with the skills necessary to implement and sustain change through performance improvement projects, recruitment/retention, and service operations. Experience in Geriatrics and Extended Care is desirable. 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. 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects maybe required. Mechanical patient lifts are provided and are to be used to preserve patient and staff safety. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Incentives are authorized. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Candidates must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels. The RN, Deputy Chief of Nursing Service will perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to, the following: Provide leadership and direct supervision for units/programs assigned as a service chief, which include the Community Living Centers, Home Based Primary Care Program. Chair facility committees. Utilize data to identify trends and early intervention; formulate follow up plans with the services managers/supervisors, other services chiefs and Executive Leadership as necessary. Collaborate with peers/service chiefs to design, implement and refine interdisciplinary programs within the service and health care system. Assess and recommend the allocation of human and material resources, determine staffing levels using NHPPD or other models in areas not yet under Nursing Hours Per Patient Day NHPPD, manage overtime and play a significant role in the recruitment and retention of nursing staff. Ensure competency assessments are completed on each nursing employee within their chain of command annually. Substantial and continuing responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling service-wide infrastructure issues which include overall operation of the service, responding to internal and external communications, maintaining knowledge of and communicating standards of nursing practice and patient care, and developing systems to enhance overall operations and communications within the service. Develop and refine medical center and service policies to meet the needs of the health care system. Ensure resources and processes are in place for continued accreditation readiness and participating in rounds to survey nursing units. Maintain content of professional documents such as functional statements for advance practice nurses, registered nurses for procedures beyond basic education, and ensuring licensed and unlicensed staff practice within scope of care and practice for each nursing unit. Develop and manage an annual budget for the areas assigned. Serve as an Equipment Inventory Listing (EIL) official for items assigned. Draft and prepare professional reports. Provide oversight for nursing orientation and nursing education; works collaboratively with the Deputy Chief Nurse Staff Development/Education Service to facilitate educational programs. Assess, plan and evaluate the processes and daily operations of the units assigned and their staff development. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Ms. Kim Romanchak, EDRP Coordinator, at Kim.Romanchak@va.gov, for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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