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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Associate Chief Nurse - ACOS Behavioral Health) in Wichita, Kansas

Summary Recruitment/Relocation incentives and Relocation expenses are authorized for highly qualified candidates! Responsibilities The Associate Chief Nurse serves as the serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health Services. The incumbent is responsible for clinical and administrative management of the service as well as development of policies and procedures and monitoring of quality outcomes. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Broad and overall responsibility for the Behavioral Health Service to include full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, and supervision for the service. Autonomously manages substantive parts of specialized, complex, professional services which significantly impact the care provided to Veterans. Provides leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational, and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision. Monitor work performance to ensure that requirements are satisfied Interpret and process a wide variety of data related to program planning and specialized needs of the Veterans, the service, and the medical center Ensure policies or issues have been fully coordinated, vetted, and staffed Advise leadership on implications, key issues, and relationships to interest groups (both internal and external) and recommend courses of action Coordinate and negotiate resolutions to complex problems Ensure compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements and assure corrective action is initiated as needed Responsible for professional and administrative management of Behavioral Health budget execution Maintain interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals Prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and of a complex nature Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/29/2021. 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. Grade Determination Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates: 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. Preferred Experience: National certification (from a VA approved certifying body) in leadership and/or a clinical specialty applicable to the position. Minimum of 5 years of experience in progressively responsible leadership assignments, with experience as Manager/Supervisor, Assistant/Associate Chief Nurse, Chief Nurse, Service Line Manager, Program Director, or similar management/leadership positions. Applicants will also be evaluated on the following preferred experience principles: Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision). Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building). Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management). Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and externally with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, and colleges/universities to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating). Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, clinical knowledge, evidence-based practice/research, analyzing problems, calculating risks, and developing/implementing plans of action. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility). 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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of the position under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices); heavy carrying (15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hear (aid permitted). 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.

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