Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Nurse - Acute & Inpatient in Hines, Illinois
Summary The Chief Nurse of Acute Care will have oversight responsibilities for facilitating and coordinating all aspects of patient care over the following units: General In-Patient Surgery/Medical Units, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Subspecialty Unit, Emergency Department, Heme-oncology Unit, Infusion Clinic, Step-down Unit, and Rapid Response Team (RRT) at Hines VA Hospital. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: The Chief Nurse of Acute Care will have oversight responsibilities for facilitating and coordinating all aspects of patient care over the following units: General In-Patient Surgery/Medical Units, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Subspecialty Unit, Emergency Department, Heme-oncology Unit, Infusion Clinic, Step-down Unit, and Rapid Response Team (RRT) at Hines VA Hospital. Hines VAH Chief Nurse of Acute Care provide executive leadership and direct supervision of the Nurse Manager (NM) role who are the front-line supervisors of the Hines VAH Nursing Service. (See the Organizational Chart for the individual Chief Nurse span of control and reporting structure.) The Chief Nurse works collaboratively within her/his individual areas with the identified partner clinical Service Chief. The Chief RN assesses, plans, and evaluates the processes and daily operations of the designated units. Hines VA Hospital is the major medical care site for the VAMC's in the state. In collaboration with the Chiefs for each area of care, designs and implements interdisciplinary programs within the service and medical center. Responsible for utilizing the Staffing Methodology Process (where applicable) for assessing and recommending the allocation of human and materiel resources, in determining staffing levels using NHPPD or other models in areas not yet under NHPPD, managing overtime, and plays a significant role in the recruitment and retention of nursing staff. Ensures competency assessment is completed on each nursing employee annually. Reviews EPRP, VASQUIP, 1PEC, Performance Measures, and other data for trends and early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with Nurse Executive Team, Nurse Managers, the service, and the medical center. The Chief Nurse is a dynamic and experienced Nurse Leader who supports a Servant Leader model of leadership; creating an open, fair and Just Culture, embracing a learning culture, designing safe systems, and managing behavioral choices. The model sees events not as things to be fixed, but as opportunities to improve understanding of both system risk and behavioral risk. It is also about changing staff expectations and behaviors to ones such as looking for the risks in the environment; reporting errors and hazards; helping to design safe systems; and making safe choices, including following procedure; making choices that align with organizational values. Reports directly to the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services (DADPCS) and covers in his/her absence as designated. May cover for the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) as needed. Other duties or projects as assigned by the ADPCS or Deputy ADPCS Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, but varies and can include nights and weekends as needed Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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, specialty certification, and well versed in patient experience and HCAHPS are preferred 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. Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. In the performance of duties, the incumbent may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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. 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.