Registered Nurse - Chief Nurse, Surgery Service
Department of Veterans Affairs 2,033 reviews - Lexington, KY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 787828

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.

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.

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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.

The Chief Nurse - Surgery Service (CNSS) is a registered nurse who practices as a supervisory member of the Surgery Executive Team.

He/she assumes responsibility and accountability for the development, coordination and evaluation of integrated programs that may cross service and/or discipline lines.

He/she insures cost effectiveness and quality of nursing care programs by analyzing and reviewing programs to enhance productivity and ensure effective/efficient utilization of available resources.

The incumbent also works closely with facility management, Quality Management Service, and individual services to establish and ensure linkages between Surgery Service and quality management outcomes.

The incumbent serves in a leadership role in preparation for and participation in site visits by accrediting and review bodies such as JCHP, CARF, ACGME and IG.

She/he serves in a similar role in regard to national performance measures related to education and training, customer service, employee satisfaction, and patient health education.

The CNSS has responsibility for the program management and leadership of nursing staff within the service.

The incumbent, as part of the Surgery Executive Team, designs and implements interdisciplinary programs within the service and the medical center.

The CNSS may be solely or collaboratively responsible for the evaluation of outcomes and program evaluation.

The CNSS is responsible for setting long and short term program goals that are aligned with the goals of the service, medical center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and Central Office (CO).

As the CNSS, the incumbent is responsible for assessing and recommending the allocation of resources, both human and material, that are necessary to ensure positive outcomes of existing programs and new projects.

The CNSS uses quality data, e.g. staffing effectiveness, to design delivery models, ensure budgetary responsibility, and establish staffing levels that will meet the needs of the veteran patient.

The CNSS also has responsibility for promoting fiscal responsibility within the service.

This includes, but is not limited to, management of overtime within the service.

The CNSS leads the assigned nursing staff and other members of the interdisciplinary team in the integration of evidenced-based research and data into practice.

The position is responsible for leading interdisciplinary teams to identify performance improvement goals, benchmarks or outcomes that will assist in the improvement of care with the service, medical center or network.

The incumbent ensures the establishment and approval of standards of nursing practice for the service and is consistent with national, state, VISN and medical center policies.

The incumbent evaluates the performance of professional and non-professional nursing personnel and designated support staff.

This position is also responsible for the direction and guidance of nurse managers in the management of staff performance at the unit/ward level.

The CNSS collaborates with Surgery leadership team in the restructuring and implementation of a broad range of programs in the service and sets forth the role and contribution of nursing in these endeavors.

Citizen of the United States. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency


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, ethics and resource utilization,

Professional Development:
performance, education/career development,


collaboration, collegiality,

Scientific Inquiry:
quality of care, research. Education/Experience Requirements:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of five years of professional practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical or administrative areas.

Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years experience

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


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.

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


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. This position requires a two year probationary period.

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

Note: Interviews are expected to be completed within two weeks of the closing date of the announcement.

CPR certification must be issued from American Heart Association.

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