Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services (RN)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Shreveport, LA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 892942

This position is located at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Nursing Service, Shreveport, LA and reports directly to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services.

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.

The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is located in the northwest corner of the state, commonly known as the “Ark-La-Tex,” the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City, LA area is home of Barksdale Air Force Base. With a population of nearly 400,000 in the city’s metropolitan region, the area promises much to do while maintaining a reasonable cost of living, 17 percent lower than the national average. Shreveport/Bossier City is a popular tourist destination. There is an excellent climate and low cost of living. We have numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses & other available family entertainment. Sporting activities include hunting, fishing, Shreveport Sports minor league baseball and the Independence Bowl. Cultural activities include Strand Theatre, Sci-Port Discovery museum for children, Norton Museum of Fine Arts, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Peter Pan Players, and Century Link Center arena where numerous concerts are held (i.e. Aerosmith, George Strait and Disney on Ice, etc.).

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov .

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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. DUTIES:
Responsible to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for establishing, maintaining and providing oversight for the delivery of nursing care and management of nursing personnel and clinical resources throughout OBVAMC.

Functions as the senior nurse executive nurse executive in a centralized nursing service model within a complex multi-site health care system.

Functions at an advanced level in nursing administration and serves as the principle advisor to the ADPCS and executive management team on issues of nursing practice and operations.

Advises the ADPCS on matters concerning policies, procedures and protocols, as well as interpretation of state board of nursing regulations.

Oversees all Nursing Labor and Management Relations. He/she collaborates with OBVAMC leadership to ensure the alignment of nursing programs, policies, and resources are consistent with the facility’s mission and goals.

Provides leadership, guidance and direction to operations of the OBVAMC nursing management team through oversight of the Clinical Practice Council, Magnet efforts, as well as interpretation of state board of nursing regulations.

Provides direct supervision to multiple programs within Nursing Service, including: Clinical Practice Council, Recruitment and Credentialing, Telephone Care and Care Coordination/Home Telehealth.

Provides the oversight budget management for a Nursing Service budget and is directly involved in the budget development, variance analysis and reconciliation.

Deputy ADPCS will serve as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services in the absence of the Associate Director for Patient Care Services.

Tour of Duty: 0730 to 1600 Monday - Friday with coverage as required for the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/other Chief Nurses/Nursing Supervisors. Off-tour hours; holidays; weekends as needed to meet the requirement of the job.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
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.
o 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.
Education/Experience Requirements:
The Registered Nurse (RN) in this administrative assignment must hold a Masters Degree in Nursing from a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program or a Masters Degree in a field related to Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a NLN accredited program and has met licensure requirement for practice in accordance with VHA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6 dated March 17, 2009.

OR

Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field and, appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
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 G 6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

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

Physical Requirements: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require lifting, standing, bending, transferring, stooping, stretching, walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. The physical standards and environmental factors relating to the ability to function in this role are as follows: Heavy lifting 50 pounds and over; heavy carrying 50 pounds and over; straight pulling (1-2 hours); pushing (1-2 hours); walking (2-4 hours); standing (2-6 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable; far vision correctable; depth perception; hearing (aide permitted); work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work; use stretchers to transfer patients and use patient lifts, if applicable.

Preferred Experience:
Minimum of 6 years of successful nursing practice including both clinical and administration. This experience includes three years of progressive leadership in nursing and patient care services in various settings with broad program mission scope and complexity.

Possesses a high level of professional leadership skills and advanced managerial credentials.

Participates in professional organizations within VHA and the community

Preferred Certification:
Certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in Nurse Executive Advanced is preferred.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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...