Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Associate Director of Patient & Nursing Services (ADPNS) - Nurse V in Manchester, New Hampshire

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1997066

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

*How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? *You are invited to join an exceptionally committed team-oriented medical staff providing care for those who have served. Manchester VA Medical Center's services include Urgent Care, Primary Care, Ambulatory Surgery, Specialty Clinics, Mental Health Services, Hospital-Based Home Care, Community Acute Care, and Long Term Care. In addition to the medical center, it also operates four (4) Community-Based Outpatient Clinics and is internationally recognized for its research in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral disorders. Academic affiliations include Dartmouth Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Rivier School of Nursing, and more.

Manchester is the largest city area in northern New England, the economic and cultural capital of New Hampshire, and home to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; one of the largest airport in New England. Manchester offers abundant opportunities for residents, visitors and tourists alike. Whatever you are looking for is within reach; the beautiful White Mountains and Lakes Region are to the North, the Atlantic Ocean and fine Seacoast life to the East, beautiful countryside throughout the state and a host of activities, culture and dining experiences are all right here.

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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Duties

The Associate Director for Patient Care Services is the top executive within nursing and is a key member of the senior executive leadership team of the organization, involved in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. The Associate Director for Patient Care Services has the authority and responsibility for establishing standards of nursing practice and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services. He/she is the chief spokesperson for organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals. Duties would typically include, but not be limited to:

  • Chief spokesperson for organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals.
  • The Associate Director for Patient Care Services is a member of the Manchester VA Medical Center Executive Leadership Team, along with the Medical Center Director, the Associate Medical Center Director and Chief of Staff.
  • The Associate Director for Patient Care Services participates fully in upper-level management decisions to speak on behalf of nursing and other medical center administration issues and is a member of all medical center-level Councils and Committees that govern and influence the operations of the medical center, such as the Executive Council, Quality and Safety Value Council Nursing Executive Council, and Workforce Executive Council.
  • Actively involved in strategic planning of medical center, VISN and nationally.
  • Responsible for the practice of nursing 24/7 by all registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and allied health staff (LPNs, NAs, etc.) regardless of line authority. He/she has line authority over other services assigned.
  • The Associate Director for Patient Care Services will exercise final authority and approval over nursing job descriptions, nursing care policies and procedures; nursing standards of patient care, treatment, and services; standards of nursing practice; nurse staffing plans; and standards to measure, assess, and improve patient outcomes.
  • Ensures that all registered nurses, advance practice nurses, and licensed practical nurses are licensed, certified, and/or registered upon employment, and thereafter.
  • Ensures a competency process is in place to evaluate individual practice, as well as a review process for annual performance ratings.
  • The Associate Director for Patient Care Services and other nursing leaders participate with leaders from the Executive Leadership Team, management, medical staff, clinical areas, and administrative areas in strategic planning and decision-making processes.
  • Nursing leaders in all services are permitted input into nursing policy development and may participate in the Associate Director for Patient Care Services' Administrative Staff Meetings, encompassing nursing management and staff development. Appropriate delegation of nursing activities is accomplished to nurse leaders in all services.
  • The Associate Director for Patient Care Services has the authority and responsibility for establishing standards of nursing practice and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Functional Statement Title/#: Associate Director for Patient Care Services/000000

Supervisory Status

Yes

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for conferences, meetings and training. Some travel will be required to visit associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and for VISN/Headquarters requirements.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • PCS allowances are authorized. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a United States Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • USAJOBS Resume or resume meets criteria for federal employment.
  • Application for Nurses or Nurse Anesthetists VA Form 10-2850a.
  • Declaration for Federal Employment OF-306 - External Applicants Only.
  • Most recent SF-50 w/salary info & Proficiency - Fed Employees Only.
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. (COPY OF UNOFFICIAL OR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
  • 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) 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 (COPY OF UNOFFICIAL OR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AND NURSING EXPERIENCE MUST BE WELL DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT):

  • Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) obtained through a "bridge program" and 5-6 years of experience as a nurse in a clinical setting. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic and advanced certification OR
  • Master's degree in nursing or related field with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) or a Bachelor's degree in a related field and 5-6 years of experience as a nurse in a clinical setting. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic or advanced certification OR
  • Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field and approximately 4-5 years' experience. Education was obtained in a program approved by a state agency and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time the program was completed AND appropriate basic or advanced certification.

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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of the VA health care delivery system is preferred.
  • Demonstrated skill in providing organizational leadership, or facilitation, in the achievement of goals within a healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrated highly developed interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to work with a variety of health care professionals and other key staff including high level officials.
  • Master's prepared or Doctoral degree. National certification for a VA approved certifying body as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEABC) or Nurse Executive (NE-BC) is preferred.
  • VHA Mentor fellow certification is preferred (VHA-CM).

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.

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. (COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF FOREING EQUIVALENCY REQUIRED)

Physical Requirements: Position is predominately sedentary in nature requiring sitting for extended period of times. The position will also require walking (up to 2 hours) and standing (up to 2 hours) and light lifting (under 20 lbs.).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes, your materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification and area of consideration requirements for this vacancy. You will be informed via E-mail whether or not you meet these requirements. If qualified, you will also be notified if you are referred to the hiring official. If referred, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department if you have been selected for an interview (not all candidates are always interviewed). If selected for the vacancy, you will receive a phone call. If another candidate is selected, you will be informed via E-mail. Every effort is made to complete the selection process within 30 days of the announcement closing date.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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

Other Information

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

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

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

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476425800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-09 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $161,861 to $161,900 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 05

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: JT-17-JKC-1997066

Control number: 476425800