Nurse, Chief Performance Improvement (Nurse IV)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albuquerque, NM

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 779499

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required. DUTIES:
The candidate for Director, Performance Improvement Management Section, will possess a Masters degree in Nursing from an NLNAC/CCNE-accredited program, or a Masters degree in a related field and a BSN from an NLNAC/CCNE-accredited program, and at least 7 years of successful nursing practice and progressive management experience.

The candidate for PI Chief manages operations and provides leadership to the Performance Improvement (PI) Section and programs it oversees. The incumbent is a professional registered nurse who works collaboratively with leaders of other departments, services, programs, and senior management to strategically plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, and improve care, as well as meet operational goals of the Medical Center. The incumbent has overall responsibility for planning, organizing, managing, and evaluating the facility Performance Improvement Program, Patient Safety Improvement/Risk Management Program which includes patient incident reporting, root cause analysis and administrative tort claims management, External Peer Review Program (EPRP) and related performance measures, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), The Joint Commission (TJC) standards interpretation, TJC ORYX Program, and survey preparation. The incumbent demonstrates leadership, planning and decision-making skills in managing resources, guiding staff, facilitating communication across organizational boundaries, participating in setting facility goals, facilitating the integration of quality management/performance improvement into the organization's day-to-day operations and culture, facilitating management of organizational change required to achieve patient safety improvement and performance improvement goals, including facilitating resolution of obstacles to achieving these goals, and develops, conducts, directs and interprets special studies and analysis of complex issues as assigned. The incumbent demonstrates knowledge of current concepts and principles of performance improvement, systems redesign, improvement methodology and framework for VHA, VISN 18 and the NMVAHCS, and external review standards.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Functional Statement
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

****This vacancy does offer the availability of a Relocation/Recruitment Incentive up to 25% of Annual Pay.****

Physical Demands: Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status Code: 8888

Background Information: NACI

This IS a Supervisory Position QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Citizen of the United States . 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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 . 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Education: Master's degree in nursing from an NLN-accredited school of nursing and approximately four to five years of successful nursing practice; or a master's degree in a field related to nursing and a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN-accredited school of nursing and approximately four to five years of successful nursing practice; or a doctorate degree in nursing or related field and approximately three to four years of successful nursing practice.

Licensure: Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in State, Territory or Commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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

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

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...