Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Nursing Officer (Nurse V) in Long Beach, California
Summary The Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) is recruiting one Chief of Nursing (CNO), Nurse V to work in the Office of the Director, Long Beach, CA. The incumbent reports to the Network Director and provides programmatic guidance/direction to Medical Center Chief Nurse Executives and other Services Chiefs under his/her direction. S/he actively participates at the senior management level within the VISN in overall planning/VISN management activities. Responsibilities The Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 22 includes the states of Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The Network includes eight facilities and a number of community based outpatient clinics. The CNO provides program oversight, direction, coordination and leadership in all nursing performance activities and other clinical healthcare programs under his/her direction throughout the VISN, including Sterile Processing Service (SPS), VISN Call Center (Administrative, Virtual Care, Nurse Advice Line, and Pharmacy), Nursing Practice of Clinical Resource Hub (CRH), Geriatrics and Extended Care, Care Coordination and Integrated Case Management. This position is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through the application of expertise and influence in various programmatic areas in VISN 22. The CNO along with facility nursing leaders, participate with the VISN 22 Executive Leadership Team, management, medical staff, clinical areas, and administrative areas in strategic planning and decision-making processes. Specific leadership and management responsibilities include: Consults and co-signs the proficiencies of all Registered Nurses employed by the network office who do not report to a Registered Nurse. Facilitates network-wide reduction of variance in nursing practice. Facilitates management of organizational change required to achieve nursing goals, including identifying and facilitating resolution of obstacles to achieving those goals. Identifies and communicates best practices and innovative nursing activities and facilitates their network-wide deployment. Promotes a system of high reliability, accountability, psychological safety and a just culture where all nurses are engaged in improving the quality of nursing care for veterans. Provides oversight for staffing methodology across the Network to ensure adequate workforce of nursing personnel to promote safe patient care. SME for Nursing Professional Standards Board (NPSB). This position provides clinical and administrative leadership and expertise to committee, task force, and project assignments at the Network and National level. S/he makes recommendations that may have a direct and substantial effect on Network and medical center operations. S/he is expected to assist and work with all management level within the VISN in overall planning and VISN management activities. S/he makes recommendations regarding the development of goals, objectives and policies involving nursing practice and quality issues for the VISN. S/he demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas of: Clinical systems, programs, and practices and how they relate to the mission and goals of the Network and VHA as a whole Methods to ensure ongoing, comprehensive evaluation and improvement of healthcare delivery systems Systems analysis and resolving complex systems issues Change management with a comprehensive knowledge of clinical guideline development Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Options for flexibilities in Telework are at the discretion of management Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. 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. Preferred Experience: Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse V - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor's degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.