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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse (Associate Chief Nurse Executive) in Portland, Oregon

Summary The Associate Chief Nurse Executive (ACNE), Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine (DHSM) provides primary assistance to the Chief of Staff (COS) and Deputy Director of Patient Care Service/Chief Nurse Executive (DDPCS/CNE) in overall administration of patient care services/nursing services and in guiding the overall management of the practice of nursing and the profession of nursing within the VA Portland Health Care System. Responsibilities Duties and responsibilities includes, but are not limited to: Provides executive leadership and direct or indirect supervision to the Assistant Chief Nurse, Nurse Managers, Assistant Nurse Managers, Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (ECHO/EKG), Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Dialysis) and Clinical Administrative Specialist; Hemodialysis Unit, Chemotherapy Unit, Outpatient Medicine Unit, Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Unit, Echocardiogram (ECHO) and Electrocardiogram Unit (EKG), Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Specialty Clinics, Cancer Care Navigator Team (CCNT), and other assigned or related programs. Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates the processes associated with the daily operations of the assigned programs, with the goal of improving Veteran care outcomes, increasing access, and patient/employee satisfaction. Reviews access, scheduling practices, External Peer Review Program (EPRP), Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) reports, performance measures, and other data for trends and early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with Division Managers and with other services as necessary. Collaborates with the DHSM Clinical Director and the Administrative Director in decision making for programmatic, clinical, nursing, and administrative accountability for all of the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine. Responsible for assessing and recommending the allocation of human and materiel resources, managing overtime, and plays a significant role in the recruitment and retention of nursing staff. Collaborates with other hospital service chiefs and medical staff leadership to ensure safe and efficient patient care. Establishes and maintains key relationships to assist nurse managers and APRNs to carry out the functions and activities expected of them. Maintains and promotes effective labor and management relations participating in negotiation agreements as appropriate. May act on behalf of the DDPCS in her/his absence. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630 Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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). 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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded. 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. Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience/Criteria: At least seven (7) years of professional nursing practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical and administrative areas. Management experience in outpatient clinics or procedural areas such as endoscopy unit, hemodialysis, cardiac cath lab. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with principles of continuous quality improvement, high reliable organizations (HRO) or Magnet/ Pathway to Excellence Journey. Experience implementing evidence-based practice changes to improve quality patient care. Certification in nursing administration or applicable practice area. Doctor of Nursing Practice. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 year's of nursing practice/experience [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN is required.]; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 3-4 year's 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: Light lifting and carrying (under 15 lbs); Use of fingers; Hearing (aid my be permitted); Mental and emotional stability. 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.

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