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    Duties

    Summary

    The Veterans Health Affairs Interim Staffing Program (ISP) was created October 1, 2013. The ISP, and its constituent Locum Tenens Provider (LTP) and Travel Nurse Corps (TNC) branches, is a component of the Office of Primary Care Clinical Operations. The ISP seeks to enhance patient access, quality of care, and satisfaction by optimizing the national availability of a highly-trained cadre of mobile health care professionals. These staff are available to temporarily fill vacancies in high demand.

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    Responsibilities

    The Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) serves on a temporary, intermittent appointment. Temporary assignments for this position range from three to nine months in duration while at a designated VA Medical Center. Facilities for which this position may be assigned to may have the complexity level of a Level 1A major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a Level III Emergency Department, and multiple Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS). There may be a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities.

    The ADPCS is the top executive within nursing at a VA Medical Center and is a key member of the senior executive leadership team of the organization, along with the Medical Center Director, the Associate Medical Center Director, the Chief of Staff, and the Assistant Medical Center Director. He/She is involved in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. Responsible for establishing standards of nursing practice.

    While assigned to a facility as the ADPCS, the incumbent will function in an executive role, comprised of complex, leadership and administrative components, associated with critical health care issues and activities that influence the organizational mission, health care, and policy. He/She is the chief spokesperson for organized nursing services and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals. The ADPCS is responsible for the practice of nursing 24/7 by all RNs, APRNs, and allied heath staff. He/She will exercise final authority and approval over nursing job descriptions; nursing care policies/procedures; nursing standards of patient care, treatment and services; standards of nursing practice; nurse staffing plans; and standards to measure, assess, and improve patient outcomes.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Designated Drug-Testing Position: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - This is a Travel Nurse Corps position. Travel is required to perform the duties of this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0610 Nurse

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • United States Citizenship

    Qualifications

    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.
      • 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:
    • Master's degree in Nursing or related field and a BSN; or
    • Master's degree in Nursing from a bridge program; or
    • Doctoral degree in Nursing (preferred) or in a related field.
    • Must possess a minimum of 4 years of nursing experience.
    Preferred Experience/Qualifications:
    • A minimum of 3 years of prior or current Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive experience within the Veterans Health Administration within the last 5 years is preferred.
    • Proficiency in the use of VHA staffing methodology to coordinate staffing needs.
    • Experience using Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) to address opportunities for improvement in patient care services.
    • A minimum of 3 years of prior or current experience and proficiency in managing Sterile Process Service (SPS) program.
    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 for the Nurse V level are as follows:
    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. Additionally, you must meet the following:
    Practice:
    • Practice: Collaborates with health care executives in creating the organizational mission and vision. Directs the integration of nursing or nursing related activities in the mutual development and achievement of organizational goals.
      • Ethics: Advocates for ethical decision-making on behalf of the public and staff. Develops an environment for
      • ethical decision-making at the organization/system level.
      • Resource Utilization: Develops resource utilization strategies to improve organizational performance.Strategies reflect the changing societal and health care environments and the economic climate.
    Professional Development:
    • Education/Career Development: Mentors others in executive leadership positions. Forecasts knowledge needs for complex multi-system change
    • Performance: Develops policy related to professional practice and relevant statutes and regulations on community, regional, and/or national levels.
    Collaboration:
    • Collaboration: Collaborates with other executives for strategic planning, decision-making, and problem solving about health care services and organizational priorities.
    • Collegiality: Serves as an expert to communicate nursing and health care trends and issues at the local, regional, state, and/or national level.
    Scientific Inquiry:
    • Quality of Care: Improves the quality and effectiveness of the facility's overall health care program by providing leadership, coordinating, and facilitating the evaluation and improvement of a wide range of programs. Excellence is reflected in improved client outcomes and organizational performance.
    • Research: Promotes an environment that supports the conduct and utilization of research in practice and a spirit of inquiry.
    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 potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. 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.

    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

    Federal intermittent employees who are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employees Health Benefit plan (FEHB), but are not entitled to paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, thrift savings plan, or participation in the Federal employees Retirement System.

    Current, permanent VA Employees who are selected for a temporary intermittent position will retain health, life, thrift savings plan and retirement benefits, but will lose their leave benefits upon transferring into the VA Interim Staffing Program. Accrued annual leave will be paid out upon transfer, and accrued sick leave will remain on file should the RN return to part-time or full-time employment at the conclusion of this temporary appointment.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

    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.

    United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE:
    Candidate'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. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    Experience as an 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
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    Yes

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists
    • Resume


    VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript


    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/21/2018 to receive consideration.
    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    VHA Nationwide Recruitment

    Address

    VHA Servicing Human Resources Office
    2402 Wildwood Ave Suite 301
    Sherwood, AR 72120
    US
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    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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510176900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.