RN-Associate Director for Patient Care Sevices- Nurse Executive
Department of Veteran Affairs - Houston, TX

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This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Administration Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, TX. The MEDVAMC is a complexity level1A facility. It is a Magnet re-designated facility. The Associate Director Patient Care Service (ADPCS) /Chief Nurse Executive is responsible to the Medical Center Director in the leadership and coordination of clinical practicein the medical center. The ADPCS collaborates with the Chief of Staff and the Associate Director in the formulation and supervision of administrative and support activities inherent in clinical programs. The ADPCS functions at an optimum level as a full member of the health care system's Senior Leadership Team. The ADPCS participates in discussion regarding policy and decision-making and shares in the responsibility for top management actions. The ADPCS has the responsibility and accountability for the coordination of nursing care provided, social work practice, sterile processing and chaplain services, establishment of policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards. This experienced nurse leader will provide organizational and transformationalleadership skills to mentor and develop a highly effective workforce to improve system operations and support strategic planning/performance measured initiatives.


This position requires strong leadership, organizational and managerial skills with broad experience in addressing clinical issues. S/he is a member of the executive management team.

Practice is of an executive nature, compromised of complex managerial and administrative components, associated with critical health care issues and activities that influence the organizational mission, health care, and policy. There is substantial sphere of influence across multiple programs, and across the full continuum of care (inpatient, outpatient, and extended care). Substantial involvement in multi-site, regional, and/or national professional and health related issues is integral to the assignment. He/she must have familiarity with continuous quality care management, human resource issues and the ability to understand the provision of health care in a facility. Must be able to act jointly to effectively guide the practice of nursing within a partially decentralized organizational structure and programmatically aligned personnel.

The ADPCS/Chief Nurse Executive has responsibility for seven Care Line Nurse Executives and the direction, control, coordination, operation and evaluation of programs and units. Incumbent is the organization's executive level nursing leader with full responsibility for the direction of nursing practice across the medical center and Community Outpatient Based Clinics.

Relocation/Recruitment incentives maybe authorized for highly qualified candidates.

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 .

Basic Requirements:

* Must have a Master's degree in Nursing or a Health care related field.

* Must have successful and proven Nurse Executive Leadership practice that demonstrates a high level of administrative and leadership skills

* Must have a minimum of5 years of management experience

* Certification in Nursing Administration, or a Healthcare related specialty preferred

* Extensive knowledge of the ANCC Magnet Re-Designation Process Preferred

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.


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

Please address the following factors in a narrative on a separate sheet of paper and submit with your application:

1. Knowledge of the principles of health services administration, including understanding the concept of the organizational behavior in order to function as an Associate Director forPatient CareServices.

2.Skills in oral and written presentations including the skills to address a variety ofdiverse groups in matters that are sensitive and controversial.

3. Knowledge of the Magnet domains and the impact on patient outcomes.

4. Experience and skills in labor/management relations, showing successful coolaboration with Union officials.

5. Supervisory skills including selecting, motivating, training, evaluating and discipline of subordinates.

6. Experience and skill in the organizationalbudgeting process.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r?©sum?©. 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 .


-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

  • CV or Resume.
  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for NurseandNurse Anesthetist (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf ) (REQUIRED).
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf ). This is a REQUIRED form and must be submitted with your application.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (REQUIRED). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (REQUIRED).

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