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Job Title:RN Associate Chief, Nursing Service (ACNS)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-052-LAc-835093

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,107.00 to $118,510.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Temple, TX United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates





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.  




VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


“If you are interested in a career with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, we are interested in you.  We would like to know what patient centered care means to you and why you are interested in working with us? ” 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   835093 (Please include on all documents)

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

This is a Non-bargaining unit position.


Tour of Duty: To be determined by service.


The Associate Chief, Nursing Services (ACNS), Ambulatory Care for the Central Texas Veteran Healthcare System (CTVHCS) responsibilities include the supervision of over 250 nurses, clerks and administrators who manage the daily operations of rural health clinics, community based nursing services, and the nursing provision of care at three large integrated outpatient clinics with 80,000 beneficiaries.  This system accounts for over one million outpatient encounters annually dispersed over nine counties encompassing 35,000 square miles.  In order to maintain the highest possible quality of care, the applicant is expected to be proficient in combining the operations of multiple health systems, delivering technically sound clinical practice, monitoring quality, promoting nursing infrastructure that supports growth and development, and management of complex outpatient clinical settings.   A team based style is expected in order to further the mission of the VA by aligning the most advantageous resources networks available in order to link internal and external customers so CTVHCS can provide the best care possible for our nation’s Veterans.  As a member of the service leadership team, applicant will be routinely involved in decisions that impact the budget, staffing, and labor negotiations.    Provides clinical and administrative leadership and oversight for nursing practice, administration, and operations of assigned patient care programs.  This includes responsibility for Primary Care Clinics/Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), Specialty Care Clinics, Women’s Health Clinic, Case Management and Informatics. These programs span across the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System to include Temple, Waco, Austin, Cedar Park, Bryan/College Station, Brownwood and Palestine.


This ACNS, Ambulatory Care will establish and promote productive, mutually-supportive, working relationships with the Deputy Nurse Executive, facility leadership, other administrative and professional staff, and other internal and external customers to assure optimal quality of care delivery, productivity/efficiency, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction.  Ensures accountability and responsibility for the quality and outcome of care rendered through implementation of standards of nursing practice, i.e., planning care, assuring a safe environment, making appropriate assignments, and providing appropriate supervision of all nursing staff.  He/she ensures Nurse Managers maintain 24-hour accountability and responsibility for their assigned patient care area (i.e., effective resource utilization, human resource utilization, cost containment, patient and employee safety, implementation of JCAHO and other regulatory body standards, performance appraisal, education, and development of staff, etc).








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According to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, Dated March 17, 2009:

Basic Requirements:

(1) Citizen of the United States

(2) 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). 

(3) 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

(4) Graduates of foreign nursing schools are now required to possess a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School (CGFNS) prior to appointment with the VHA (VHA Handbook 5005/03). 


Preferred Requirement:

Certification in Nursing Administration in Nursing Administration or Nursing Administration Advanced


You will need to submit this document (CGFNC) in your application packet if you are a graduate from a foreign nursing school in order to receive consideration.


All education claimed by applicants will be verified by appointing agency accordingly.     


Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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.    


Education/Experience Requirements:   

You must have one of the following education and experience in order to qualify for this position:

·         Doctoral degree in nursing or related field with 5 years of current full-time RN experience


·         Master's degree in nursing or a related field with a BSN with 4-5 years of current full-time RN experience


·         MSN from a Bridge program no BSN required and 4-5 years of current full-time RN experience ( your transcripts must note that you attended a Bridge program while receiving your MSN).


If you are a current VHA employee you must be a Nurse III (pay grade) in order to receive consideration for the Nurse IV position even if you meet the educational requirements.


Your resume MUST reflect the number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed, and a detailed description of your duties performed. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Professional practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas. This practice has been characterized by a majority of the following behaviors:  

- Establishes effective relationships within the service and with administration and other services,

- Establishes effective collegial relationships with other leaders in the larger health care community

- Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, directing and controlling an integrated program.

- Makes decisions, which reflect the distinctive and contributory role of nursing within the local institution and the total health care system. 

- Forecasts requirements necessary to long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of health care services.

- Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professional, health managers, and other health care personnel.

- Assures implementation and maintenance of standards for professional practice within the authority of the position. 

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


Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro (Federal Database). The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro if selected for this position.  




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 application packet in order to receive consideration.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·         Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

·         Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·         Applicants must successfully complete and pass a pre-employment physical prior to coming on board. 

·         New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·         Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·         Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.

·         An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001 or later) must be submitted prior to appointment.  You should include this form as part of your application documents. This form is available   


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.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.


Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  

Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 



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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, 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


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP): “The applicant(s) selected for this position maybe eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, subject to availability of EDRP funding.”

EDRP Coordinator:               Albert Mersch

                                                Human Resources (05)

                                                Temple, Texas

                                                (254) 743-0777



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

  1. Your Resume or CV (REQUIRED Documents)
  2.  VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (REQUIRED Documents) Available at
  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 11, 2013.

To begin the process, write down the 6-digit VIN number and go to ( to create an account or log in to your existing APPLICATION MANAGER account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload supporting documentation. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in application manager.  After applying, return to application manager ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX 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. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 835093. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

·      Resume or CV (REQUIRED Documents)

·         VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Click link: (REQUIRED Documents)

·        Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD214 or equivalent showing character of discharge (if applicable). Veteran's Preference documentation (SF-15 and VA Preference Letter, as appropriate).

·         Copy of your Transcript (s) (Unofficial Copy)

·         If you are a current or former Federal Employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action. Note: If you are a current / internal employee of CTVHCS, you do not need to submit your most recent SF-50 or VA Form 2850a: however, you are required to submit a resume or CV.




Lota Acosta
Phone: (254)743-1812
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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