Associate Director, Patient Care Service/Nurse Executive
Department of Veteran Affairs - Detroit, MI

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The John D. Dingell VAHealthcare Systemis currently seeking a dynamic, experienced nurse leader for our Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (ADPCS) position who will have responsibility for the following areas: Nursing Service, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Food Service, Respiratory Section, Social Work Section, Chaplain Section, Voluntary Section. The individual selected for this key leadership position will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Medical Center Director. As a fully integrated member of the Quadrad, the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive participates with leaders from the governing body in the ongoing review of the Medical Center 's mission, strategic planning, budget requirements, resource acquisition and utilization, operation plans and policy development. The Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive has responsibility and accountability for planning, directing and coordinating the nursing care provided throughout the Medical Center and in our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. He/she serves as the chief spokesperson and advisor for all organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals. He/she will plan, develop and maintain comprehensive nursing programs to ensure compliance with VA Directives, Joint Commission, and other internal and external regulatory requirements. This individual will provide executive-level organizational and leadership skills to develop and mentor a highly effective, diverse workforce, to improve overall health care system operations, to promote an environment that supports excellence in customer service, and to support facility and VISN strategic planning initiatives. The successful candidate must demonstrate exceptional communication skills and role model transformational leadership skills. Previous experience in leading/directing nursing services in a complex organization is highly desirable.

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
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). 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. 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.

Master's Degree in Nursing or related field with BSN or a Bachelors Degree in a related field with approximately 5-6 years of experience or Doctoral degree (preferred) in Nursing or related field with approximately 4-5 years of experience. Experience includes progressively responsible leadership assignments with administration, educational, clinical, research, and/or other related health care service. Specialty certification in Nursing Administration is also preferred. Must meet regulatory qualification standards as identified in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G.

Preferred Experience: A Nurse leader with clinical and administrative skills and experience. Ability to improve nursing services and function as an authority in system redesign, management, care management, and proactive patient driven care.

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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard .


Physical Requirements: Position requires light lifting (under 15 pounds); use of fingers, walking and standing; both hands required, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to distinguish depth, perception, basic colors and shards of color; hearing (aid permitted), In addition,you will be required to work closely with others or alone and work protracted or irregular hours.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Other
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required) .
A current, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume documenting mastery of the eight core competencies of the High Performance Development Model; personal mastery, technical skills, interpersonal effectiveness, customer service, flexibility and adaptability, creative thinking, systems thinking, and organizational stewardship is required of all applicants.
Copy of all current licensure and/or registration.(required)
Copies of last 3 Executive Career Field (ECF) appraisals. (required)
Copy of Unofficial Transcripts (required)
Copy of most recent SF-50b, Notification of Personnel Action , verifying current grade, level, step and annual salary.
Military Discharge Certificate for each enlistment (DD-214). Please include copy that shows type of discharge (if applicable)
SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (if applicable)
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1015670.
Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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