Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) - Chief of Primary Care
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Internal Number: 694250100
The Lexington VA Health Care System is actively seeking a well-qualified nurse practitioner with innovative leadership skills and good interpersonal skills to join our staff as full-time Chief, Primary Care. In addition to excellent leadership skills, the ideal candidate will be knowledgeable and proficient with VA Performance Measures, demonstrate leadership qualities, as well as strategic planning skills, dedication to patient-centered care, and a commitment to organizational stewardship. 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. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.] Certification in one of the following areas will be accepted. - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (ACNP-BC) - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGACNP-BC) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gerontology (ACNPC-AG) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (ACNP-BC) - Adult-Gero Primary Care NP-Certified (AGNP-C) - Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Certified (AGPCNP-BC) - Adult Nurse Practitioner-Certified (ANP-C) - Gerontology Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (GNP-BC) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gerontology (ACNPC-AG) - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (ACNP-BC) - Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) 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 include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Chief, Primary Care has decision-making authority, responsibility, and accountability on all issues affecting the Primary Care clinics. This responsibility includes the overall effective operations; including hospital-based as well as community-based primary care and preventative care services, patient/customer satisfaction, quality of services provided, efficiency of service delivery and effective resource management. The overall responsibilities the Chief, Primary Care will include, but are not limited to the following: Responsibility for the overall leadership and is the principal point of accountability (success and outcomes) for primary care across multiple sites and across the full continuum of care. Responsibility for the quality management of services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients. Responsibility for the overall program design and operation (including developing new techniques and methods) of the Primary Care Service and as such, you will: lead a large multidisciplinary service of health professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and other clinical and administrative staff. Capability to provide the framework for planning, directing, coordinating, providing, and improving the health care services that are responsive to patient outcomes and needs within the clinically related programs in primary care. Broad responsibility for all programs within the service line to include the planning, development, methodology, interpretation and implementation of facility policies and procedures to ensure goal attainment, leadership responsibility of administrative and programmatic resources, and outcomes monitors using data-driven quality processes. Very wide latitude and independent judgment, exercised in making decisions affecting staff and other resources associated with program. Responsibility for organizational climate and culture including such issues as work environment, diversity, employee recognition, and safety. Responsibility for Labor Relations. Full responsibility for the professional practice of services conducted within Primary Care. Practice comprised of complex leadership and administrative components associated with critical health care issues and activities that influence the organizational mission, health care, and policy. Primary accountability to the Chief of Staff. Responsibility 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 9, and LVAHSC. The Chief, Primary Care will: Oversee all programs of patient care and the educational activities for Primary Care Service at the facility and its seven outlying clinics. Serve in both a clinical and administrative role that accomplishes the health care delivery mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs at the organizational level by setting long and short range goals for programs that are interlinked with goals of the Medical Center/VISN/VHA, adjusting organizational goals as needed. Contribute significant input and oversee all aspects of the service including budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum allocation and utilization of the available resources. Ensure the quality and timeliness of services provided, customer satisfaction, as well as compliance with standards of accrediting bodies. Pay Scale: NF25 Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (May be required to work evenings or weekends as needed). Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required for this position."]
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.