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Registered Nurse Associate Chief Nurse

VA Medical Center


Location:
Grand Junction, CO
Date:
12/13/2017
2017-12-132018-01-23
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Summary

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.
If you are looking for an exciting career challenge in a beautiful Colorado town the Grand Junction VHCS and surrounding areas have a lot to offer. The growing city has 60,000 residents making it the largest city in western Colorado and sits at 4,593 feet above sea level. Grand Junction is located on the Western Slope of Colorado where the weather is known to be mild throughout the year due to the lower altitude. Other well-known activities in the area are camping, hunting, hiking, mountain and road biking, rock climbing, golfing, rafting, fishing, skiing, and the vast amount of orchards and wineries. Grand Junction is known for the fresh peaches and other produce available, which in turn produce weekly farmer's market. Colorado Mesa University, a campus of the University of Colorado is located in Grand Junction as well. The Grand Valley is a destination for several athletic events including marathons, triathlons and mountain bike races. The annual Winefest highlights the nearly 30 wineries that make their home in Palisade, Colorado, also part of the Grand Valley. Grand Junction Veteran Health Care System (GJVHCS) is the home of Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and is a full service acute care facility with both inpatient and outpatient services. The facility maintains 24/7 acute care service including ICU and an emergency department.

Recruitment/Relocation and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) may be authorized to a highly qualified candidate. Appraised Value Offer (AVO) is not authorized.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.
"Relocation Expenses (PCS) are Authorized"



Duties

The Associate Chief Nurse is accountable for the clinical and administrative management of nursing within the assigned units/areas of responsibility at Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System (GJVHCS). Responsibilities of the Associate Chief Nurse includes representation at medical centers and care line committees as well as program planning, analyzing data and writing formal reports for the care line, VISN and national level. The Associate Chief Nurse functions in an advisory capacity to administration in evaluating proposed changes as they relate to patient care. In addition, the incumbent coordinates and provides consultation on issues related to personnel, budget and forecast projections. The Associate Chief Nurse participates with leaders from the governing body, management and clerical staff in upholding the hospital mission, vision, value and strategic plan and interacts with the community as needed on behalf of the medical center.

Responsibilities:

1. Responsible for administrative functions of their assigned nursing units/programs and functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Nursing/Patient Care Services, and other services.

2. Must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels. Key relationships with staff are needed to (1) Assist nurse managers and advanced practitioners to carry out the functions and activities expected of them, (2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of nursing organization-wide, (3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs, and (4) Collaborate with other health care staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care.

3. Accountable for the management, supervision, and evaluation of patient care programs that promote quality nursing care and effective utilization of personnel within the following areas of assignment: Non-VA Care Coordination, Oncology Case Management, Dialysis Case Management, Veteran's Choice and VCL. Responsibilities include leading, collaborating, integrating, facilitating, and evaluating program outcomes.

4. Ensures program management is consistent with requirements of review organizations and accrediting bodies. She/he is accountable for substantial participation in the service executive level decision making, i.e., strategic planning, human and fiscal resources management, establishment and continuity of standards; bridges and executes planning and operational implementation and collaborates with clinical and support services in program implementation and adequate resource support.

5. Evaluates clinical practice or health services and participates in the development/evaluation of practice guidelines and assures the performance expectations are supportive of the qualification standards for all nursing staff are communicated and reflected in the appraisals.

6. Analyzes resources available and identifies potential issues/risk areas, including budgetary, staffing, supplies and equipment and availability of data/information and actively participates on nursing or hospital-wide committees that result in significant outcomes and promotes interdisciplinary interaction to identify, analyze and resolve care problems.

7. Responsible for providing executive-level administrative direction for nursing practice within VA Community Care Programs and throughout the health care system and actively participates in the nursing leadership group.

8. Collaborates with other disciplines to ensure policies and practices promote optimum patient care outcomes and assure compliance with TJC, CARF, and all other accrediting bodies' standards. Leads nursing practice to facilitate the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and other health care professionals.


Work Schedule: M-F, Generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required








graph of estimated pay ranges
$96,402

$128,214





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/13/2017



Application Close Date

12/26/2017




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



Status

Full-Time




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

      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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for 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.
      Preferred Experience:
      • MSN required; Doctoral preferred
      • Demonstrated ability to set priorities
      • Good assessment and time management skills
      • Good interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
      Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
      • Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience.
      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.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • 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 12/26/2017 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.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 1


      Job Position: CBCO-10098638-18-KM47




      The Associate Chief Nurse is accountable for the clinical and administrative management of nursing within the assigned units/areas of responsibility at Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System (GJVHCS). Responsibilities of the Associate Chief Nurse includes representation at medical centers and care line committees as well as program planning, analyzing data and writing formal reports for the care line, VISN and national level. The Associate Chief Nurse functions in an advisory capacity to administration in evaluating proposed changes as they relate to patient care. In addition, the incumbent coordinates and provides consultation on issues related to personnel, budget and forecast projections. The Associate Chief Nurse participates with leaders from the governing body, management and clerical staff in upholding the hospital mission, vision, value and strategic plan and interacts with the community as needed on behalf of the medical center.

      Responsibilities:

      1. Responsible for administrative functions of their assigned nursing units/programs and functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Nursing/Patient Care Services, and other services.

      2. Must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels. Key relationships with staff are needed to (1) Assist nurse managers and advanced practitioners to carry out the functions and activities expected of them, (2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of nursing organization-wide, (3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs, and (4) Collaborate with other health care staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care.

      3. Accountable for the management, supervision, and evaluation of patient care programs that promote quality nursing care and effective utilization of personnel within the following areas of assignment: Non-VA Care Coordination, Oncology Case Management, Dialysis Case Management, Veteran's Choice and VCL. Responsibilities include leading, collaborating, integrating, facilitating, and evaluating program outcomes.

      4. Ensures program management is consistent with requirements of review organizations and accrediting bodies. She/he is accountable for substantial participation in the service executive level decision making, i.e., strategic planning, human and fiscal resources management, establishment and continuity of standards; bridges and executes planning and operational implementation and collaborates with clinical and support services in program implementation and adequate resource support.

      5. Evaluates clinical practice or health services and participates in the development/evaluation of practice guidelines and assures the performance expectations are supportive of the qualification standards for all nursing staff are communicated and reflected in the appraisals.

      6. Analyzes resources available and identifies potential issues/risk areas, including budgetary, staffing, supplies and equipment and availability of data/information and actively participates on nursing or hospital-wide committees that result in significant outcomes and promotes interdisciplinary interaction to identify, analyze and resolve care problems.

      7. Responsible for providing executive-level administrative direction for nursing practice within VA Community Care Programs and throughout the health care system and actively participates in the nursing leadership group.

      8. Collaborates with other disciplines to ensure policies and practices promote optimum patient care outcomes and assure compliance with TJC, CARF, and all other accrediting bodies' standards. Leads nursing practice to facilitate the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and other health care professionals.


      Work Schedule: M-F, Generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required







Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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