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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-672-13-NX-1022307-CM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$83,584.00 to $111,161.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Juan, PR View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1022307



 In addition to Annual Salary:  4.20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Exempt

Bargaining  Unit Status:  Not Covered

Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Moving expenses may be authorized.


Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.


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?


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.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 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.


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The Chief Nurse LTC/CLC provides executive leadership and assumes continuing and substantial responsibility for the coordination and evaluation of integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission, vision, values and strategic priorities.  The Chief Nurse for Continuing Living Center (CN/CLC) assumes this responsibility for the 149 bed Community Living Center (CLC) which provides services for rehabilitation, skilled care, respite, restorative care, long stay spinal cord injury, continuing care and hospice and palliative care.  The CN/CLC is responsible for the program operations of the CLC.  Within the program operation responsibilities include the lead of the CLC Clinical Guidelines and Policies, CLC Cultural Transformation Committee, CLC Interdisciplinary Staff Committee, co-lead of the CLC Admission Screening Committee, CLC and Performance Improvement Committee.  Also within the program operation responsiblities is included ensuring that the clinical services offered by the program are in compliance with local and VHA Standards and Policies as well as accreditation standards for LTC.


He/She is responsible for the strategic planning and operational management of the CLC and the development and continued effective functioning of the interdisciplinary health care team.  He/She collaborates with other CLC CNs' Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) Leadership and VA Central Office staff on issues of program development.  He/She is responsible for the interpretation and communication of VA policies/directives, The Joint Commission Standards and the Federal Regulation Tags to the LTC interdisciplinary team, Service Chiefs, Executive Leadership Team and others.  Assists the CLC team in development and implementation of local CLC policies and procedures to include performance improvement, patient safety, utilization review, emergency preparedness, and safety issues.  He/She is responsible for the effective operation of CLC Programs to include the Restorative Program, Hydration Program, Enhancing the Dining Experience Program and Walk to Dining Program among others.


He/She manages human resources for the CLC including:  selecting qualified staff, orients and mentors the staff, and promotes staff development and professional growth to ensure competency.  The CN CLC functions as Co-Chair of the CLC Admissions Committe, Co-Chair of the CLC Performance Improvement Committee, Chair of the Culture Transformation Committee and the CLC Interdisciplinary Meetings.  Is responsible for completion of the Joint Commission Periodic Progress Review, the CLC Electronic Inventory List (EIL).  Develops and implements the yearly budget for the Culture Transformation Fund Control Point (FCP) and functions as the approving official for this purchase card.  Works closely with the Acute Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Service Chief to assure all candidates for Long Term Care Spinal Cord are referred to the CLC for services needed and maintains/actives the waiting list.  The CN/CLC has vast expertise in Geriatrics and Long Term Care and serves as an expert for peers, populations, providers and other stakeholders in promoting and implementing all CLC policies, directives and programs.  He/She supervises the CLC Nurse Managers, MDS Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Support Assistant.

Recruiment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.  To receive consideration for an incentive, the selectee must be among the best qualified and meet the criteria established in the VA Handbook 5007 Part VI Chapter 2.


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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).  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.     Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years experience [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.]  OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired and approximately 3-4 years experience.



1.  Minimum of five (5) years of progressive professional nursing practice, as a registered nurse, with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in leadership. required.




1.  Master's degree in Nursing or related field with BSN (NLNAC or CCNE Accredited).

2.  Advanced managerial skills:  Executive Career Field, Leadership VA, Health Care Leadership Institute or other similar training, preferred.

3.  Experience in program implementation and/or management, preferred.

4.  Within the last four (4) years, at least two (2) years must have been in a VA Community Living Center or Community equivalent, preferred.





1.  Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems to improve patient care and outcomes.

2.  Lead effectively with interdisciplinary groups to achieve common goals.

3.  Knowlegde of quality improvement theory, tools and processes, system redesign principles.

4.  Demonstrated competencies in clinical practice, staff development and leadership skills.

5.  Management of multiple tasks/work assignments.

6.  Comprehensive knowledge of personnel management, development of functional statements/descriptions, position descriptions, recruitment and career development processes.

7.  Knowledge and application of the Long Term Care Accreditation Standards.

8.  Knowledge and application of the Long Term Care Culture Transformation principles.

9.  Knowledge and application of patient safety standards, requirement and regulations and standards of care and practice.



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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The position involves exposure to blood borne pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients.  It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations.  Assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs, may need to escort a patient to other hospital areas.

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. 


NOTE:  Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process.  For information about PBI, you may access




All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement. 


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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 MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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.   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.

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 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. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: T1022307.  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 Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1.  CV or Resume.

    2.  VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).


    3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at

    4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

    5.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

    6.  Copy of every license, certification, registration you have in every state, even expired licenses (required).

    7.  Copy of diploma/transcript or certification of degree (required).


    Joanna Lopez-Garcia
    Phone: (787)641-7582x12277
    Agency Information:
    VHA Caribbean Islands HCS
    Human Resources Management Service
    10 Casia Street
    San Juan, PR


    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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