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? 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: Four to five years executive leadership experience in nursing preferred. Experience includes working knowledge of Acute Care, Emergency Department, Mental Health (Inpatient/Outpatient/Rehabilitation), Primary Care, including Medical and Surgical Specialty Clinics, Ambulatory Services Unit /Operating Room, and Long Term Care. Senior level leadership experience as an Associate Chief Nurse, or equivalent. Shows leadership initiative in development / enhancement of nursing program and via collaborations with service lines for QI. 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. ["The Deputy Nurse Executive (DNE): Provides executive leadership and direct supervision to Chief Nurses for Ambulatory\nCare, Medicine, Perioperative Services, Geriatrics and Extended Care and Mental Health. The DNE further provides oversight for all nursing practice regardless of line authority. Responsible for assessing and recommending the allocation of human and material resources, in determining staffing levels using Nursing Hours Per Patient Day (NHPPD) or other models in areas not yet under NHPPD, managing overtime, and provides leadership and guidance in the recruitment and retention of nursing staff. Serves as the Staffing Methodology subject matter expert and resource for the facility. Acts as the liaison regarding nursing practice for non-nurse supervisors. Ensures competencies are reviewed to remain current and updated as needed based on changes in patient/staff needs. Ensures competency verification is completed on each employee annually. Has 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. Has significant medical center and service policy responsibilities in the development and refinement of processes to meet the needs of the medical center. Ensures processes are in place for continued accreditation/survey readiness. Is primary Nursing representative for site visits and internal compliance rounds (i.e., environment of care rounds). Provides executive leadership in support of LVAMC attaining and maintaining recognition as a High Reliability Organization (HRO) and promotes a culture of shared governance, psychological safety, and excellence. Is responsible for proposing and managing the overall budget for Nursing Service. Prepares recurring professional reports, demonstrates and coaches subordinate Chief Nurses in use of data driven decision making and presenting data in a value-added manner. Research and evidence-based investigations are matrixed into responsibilities, as the incumbent reviews nursing studies and facilitates implementation and publicity related to outcomes. Works collaboratively with others to facilitate educational programs in areas of responsibility. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nPhysical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires a combination of walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, pulling, and pushing with potentially long periods of sitting. Transferring patients and objects may occasionally be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or during patient procedures and care. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Use of fingers, both hands, and near and far vision is 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.