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Job Title:Associate Chief Nursing Service, Geriatrics & Rehabilitative Care

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:12-785419*ETP

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$107,760.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Friday, November 23, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 785419 (please include on all documents)


The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is seeking a highly skilled and experienced RN to serve as the Nurse Leader in the role of Associate Chief of Nursing Services for Geriatrics and Rehabilitative Care (GRC).  This role will provide oversight to the Nursing Home Care Units or Community Living Centers (CLC), the CARES Unit (Adult Day Health), and other Geriatric/Rehabilitative Programs.  The incumbent will be required to travel to all program site locations within the GRC service, with some programs located at other sites approximately 15 miles from the main West Los Angeles campus.  This role is accountable to the Nurse Executive. 



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing may be required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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We are looking for someone who:


1. Will be accountable for population of groups of integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influences organizational mission and healthcare.


2. Provides leadership in improving patient care, maintaining standards of care, sustaining the highest quality and effectiveness of care in diverse or complex programs.


3. Develops staff for career progression.


4. Forecasts new knowledge needs for changing practice in environments/population groups and plans, implements, and evaluates strategies to meet those needs. 


5. Utilizes principles of Performance Improvement in approaching group and problem solving.


6. Designs, modifies, and implements systems compatible with professional standards and with mission and goals of the organization to iprove the cost-effective use of resources.


7. Provides age-specific care for older adult (65 -74 years of age) and geriatric (over 75 years of age) patients/groups.  Assesses age-specific care requirements and develops an appropriate plan of care.


8.  Has knowledge of Long Term Care (LTC) mandates and MDS regulations.


9. Ability to interface with multiple VA departments and services.


10. Has knowledge in compliance with regulatory and accrediting agencies.


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Minimum Requirements:

  • 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). 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 United States, or the District of Columbia
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross for Healthcare Providers.
  • A Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) is preferred with 4 -5 years of successful clinical nursing practice or a Doctoral Degree with 3 - 4 years of succesful nursing practice, of which two years of applicable experience is related to the care of the geriatric and rehabilitative patient population preferred.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of current concepts and principles of Continuous Readiness, Performance Improvement, including PDSA model; external review standards (The Joint Commission [JC], Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [CARF], and National Committee on Quality Assurance [NCQA]) as appropriate.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple service lines and disciplines.
  • Proven ability to facilitate group problem solving, along with previous experience leading and/or facilitating performance improvement projects, teams, and groups.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in data tracking, management, analysis, and feedback of results.
  • Proven ability to utilize sound judgment in making performance management and continuous readiness decisions.
  • Demonstrates ability to accurately implement VA GLA policies, regulations, standards of care and standards of practice.
  • Ability to work variable and flexible tours to meet program demands.
  • Demonstrates self-motivation and ability to communicate orally and/or using the computer in all types of situations.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet, and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA.


Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB) 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.   

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

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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 Compensable Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 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.


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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 and requires a two year probationary period. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  

NOTE: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

*The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 23, 2012. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated soley on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Any materials you send will not be returned. Mailed/Emailed applications will not be accepted.


 Current VAGLAHS Employees ONLY:
  1. 1. Memo to be uploaded - Include your (1) Full Name, (2) Current Department, (3) Contact Number, (4) Signature and (5) VIN 785419 (required)
  2. 2. Resume to be uploaded - with references (required)
  3. 3. Answer the online Questionnaire (required) 


ALL OTHER APPLICANTS: must provide a complete Application Package which includes…

  1. 1. CV or Resume (required)
  2. 2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required)
    1.    ~If you need additional space to describe your nursing professional experience, please also include the Nurse Application Addendum with your documents (Available at
    2.    ~Please list all nursing experience, including LVN/LPN, Nursing Assistant (if applicable).
    3.    ~If you have mixed work experience at a single employer (e.g. LVN and RN) the time worked must be listed as separate entries according the the position held.
    4.    ~If working part-time, the number of hours per week must be listed.
    5.    ~All licenses ever held must be listed including other fields (e.g. RT, EMT, LVN, CNA, etc.)
  3. 3. Transcripts [all levels of nursing education (ie. LVN/LPN), if applicable]. This is required to verify education.
  4. 4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  (required)
  5. 5. 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 compensable Veteran Preference (available at


If you cannot apply online:

  1. 1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: Online Questionnaire.
  2. 2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. 3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. 1. Complete this cover page using the following VIN 785419.  2. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. 3. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


*The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 23, 2012. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Any materials you send will not be returned.


Nursing Recruitment
Phone: (310)268-4642
Agency Information:
Nursing Service
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Building 500 Room 6215 Mail Code 118HR
Los Angeles, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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