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Job Title:Associate Chief Nurse - Community Based Care (RN)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BH-13-035-CJ-843555

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$78,055.00 to $103,806.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Friday, March 08, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, SD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 843555


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?

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, where we are known for our blue skies, pine forests, rich history, moderate climate and friendly western hospitality.  The VA BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, community living center (nursing home care), and domiciliary (residential rehabilitation treatment program – RRTP) care for Veterans residing in western South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.  Care is delivered through the Fort Meade (near Sturgis) and Hot Springs VA Medical Centers, as well as through a number of community-based outpatient and rural outreach clinics.  VA Black Hills is part of VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 .


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


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1.      Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care.

2.      Works in partnership with the DNE for Primary care, ACOS Primary Care, AO for Primary Care.

3.      Executes leadership behaviors that improve care for a group of patients with documented broad and complex outcomes at the program or service level.

4.      Responsible for the administrative functions of his/her assigned nursing functions, units, duties include:

  • Oversees and coordinates all quality and nursing measures,
  • Facilitates site visits and reviews to meet all mandated requirements for contract and offsite VA manned CBOC's.

5.      Responsible for Direct Supervision of Referral Case Managers.

  • Functions as Liaison and care coordinator for Veterans, Non-VA Care Community partners, IHS, Tribal Health and DOD partners.
  • Functions as an administrator, educator, coach and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive and other services.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with all levels of health care system personnel and relates effectively with veterans/patients, families, contract/VA staff and community partners as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels.  Key relationships with staff are needed to (1) assist ACNs to carry out functions and activities expected of them, (2) contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of nursing standards of care and practice, and policies, (3) monitor nursing quality through chart audits encompassing numerous regulatory guidelines, i.e. EPRP, Joint Commission, OIG, CAP, and glidepath, etc., (4) ensures a competency program is established and maintained for all nursing staff in the health care system, (5) assist in policy-making activities related to nursing practice and the overall functioning of nursing administration and clinical programs for Primary Care and Non-VA Care, and (6) ensure the integration and collaboration of nursing care with other health care staff including professional and non professional disciplines.

6.     Functions as the Manager of the nursing staff in the Referral Case Management Program provides nursing supervision to other assigned nursing personnel and other staff responsible for nursing functions throughout the health care system.



a.    Minimum 4-5 years management experience preferred.

b.    Minimum 4-5 years of progressive leadership experience with minimum of Masters Degree in Nursing or a Master's in a related field with BSN.

c.    Prior experience in administration (i.e. as a nurse manager) preferred.

d.    A keen awareness of customer service concepts

e.    Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.

g.    Leadership abilities, which enable the incumbent to be an effective member of the Community Based Care Staff.     

h.    The ability to review and analyze budgetary information and effectively contribute to resource management decision- making.

i.     Organizational skills in order to complete work in a timely manner.

j.     Leadership style that embodies teamwork and individual accountability, while promoting enhanced clinical skills and professional growth of staff .


Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



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  • Citizen of the United States. 
  • 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).  TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
  • 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.  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.    
  • 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.    

  • Nurse IV-  Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN, with approximately 4-5 years of experience or Doctoral degree in nursing field  with approximately 3-4 years of experience appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.    

The following requirements are preferred for this position:

  • Must demonstrate evidence in self-direction and interest
  • Be broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities; RELATED TO COMMUNITY LIVING CENTERS RESIDENTS



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



Lifting ( not in excess of 45 lbs ) Carrying ( not in excess of 45 lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted); Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”.

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 of Foreign Equivalency 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 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative 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 is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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Please read this entire section before proceeding. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

To Apply Online:

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 required documents to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded documents again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

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.

Applicants Note: If you are not applying online and you are using the OPM Form 1203-FX to complete the Occupational Questionnaire, please continue with the next sequential number. For example if the last question you responded to was numbered 9, utilize the block for question 10 to respond to the next question and continue on in this manner.

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

  1. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  2. 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.
  3. 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 843555.  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 complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 08, 2013.


Current permanent Black Hills Health Care System employees:

 If you are a current permanent employee of the Black Hills Health Care System, you must submit the following documentation in your application package to be considered for this position:

  • CV or Resume

All other applicants:

 All other applicants must submit the following documentation in their application packages to be considered for this position:

  • CV or Resume
  • Occupational Questionnaire (This may be completed online through Application Manager or via fax using OPM Form 1203-FX)
  • VA Form 10-2850 a (Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists)
  • OPM Form OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.
  • Copy of Transcript - Upon selection, Official Transcripts will be required.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. 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 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at Preference will not be granted to those who fail to supply the appropriate documentation.
  • If currently or previously permanently employed in the Federal Government, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything.  You will not be contacted for additional information.



Carol Jensen
Phone: (605)720-7487
TDD: (605)347-7000
Agency Information:
VHA Black Hills HCS
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD


After you submit your application...

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. Qualified applicants may be referred.

What happens when your application is referred?

An AFGE agreement ensures internal applicants must be considered before external candidates. If the selecting official (which is not the HR specialist) elects to consider external candidates, he or she may contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the selecting official.

After interviewing is complete...

Many factors influence how quickly a candidate can be brought on board. If the selecting official selects an internal candidate, all other candidates will be notified of the outcome. Otherwise, once the selecting official makes their selection, a Professional Standards Board will convene to determine a salary to be offered. At this point, a tentative offer would be made and upon acceptance, the pre-appontment process would begin.

What does the pre-appointment process entail?

Before you can be appointed a number of steps must be completed. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. The first part is VetPRO, the VA's credentialing system used to verify your education, work history, license(s) and references. EQIP is the second piece that must be initiated. EQIP is a background investigation conducted by the Office of Personnel Management. Included with the EQIP process is the requirement to obtain fingerprints. You will be asked to submit to fingerprinting when you arrive to complete your pre-employment physical. Once these processes are complete, you will be contacted with an official start date and commitment package.

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