Registered Nurse (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health)

Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
Traveling Nurse
Contract Type
Full Time

Major Duties/Responsibilities

The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS), Behavioral Health, reports to the Chief of Staff (COS) for day-to-day operation and management of clinical practice and staff in Behavioral Health.

~ Responsible for organizing and administering management of operations.

~ Work closely with COS in achieving strategic goals and performance measures within clinical area.

~ Exhibit leadership characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for integrated programs that cross service/discipline lines, and influences organizational mission and healthcare.

~ Function as administrator, educator, and consultant, utilizing management theory, in collaboration with COS and other services.

~ Provide executive input into strategic planning, budget, mission, operational planning, and policy development for local and network efforts.

~ Utilize current trends and relevant theories in an analytical framework to design/modify, implement, and measure integrated programs and activities to achieve clinical and administrative goals of the medical center and/or network; evaluate outcomes against strategic priorities.

~ Consultant to medical center staff and greater community in behavioral health care psychology.

~ Plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate programs and follow-up actions to facilitate delivery of care and meet required internal and external review standards.

~ Provide leadership in the development of policies and systems to devise strategies to enable the organization to successfully manage ethical issues and protect patient/family rights.

~ Aggregate data and participate in budget process to plan for current, emerging, and future resource requirements (financial, human, material, and/or informational).

~ Mentor/precept staff.

~ Participate in the development of education programs and staff development models to facilitate career progression and to increase productivity and performance.

~ Provide leadership in professional, community, and governmental bodies that shape health care policy, contributing to the development/improvement of the healthcare delivery system and improved patient outcomes.

~ Serve as Chair of facility Behavioral Health Council; provide regular updates regarding behavioral health performance metrics and initiatives to facility leadership.

~ Establish processes to support evidence-based clinical and administrative practices.

~ Responsible for knowing the reusable medical equipment (RME) - instruments, equipment, medical devices, and/or supplies located in clinical area(s).

~ Obtain, read, and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all RME in clinical area(s).

~ Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - specific schedule will be determined upon appointment; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the medical center/service.

Functional Statement Titles:Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health - Nurse IV; Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health - Nurse V.

Preferred Experience: Previous management/supervisory experience.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
    • 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)
  • 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 Determinations: 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.
  • Nurse V - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor's degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer 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 sitting (up to 6 hours), walking (up to 1 hour), standing (up to 1 hour), bending (up to 15 minutes), and carrying such items as books papers, and files (up to 10 lbs. for 10 minutes). Travel into the community is required to meet with community stakeholders and community partners. Near vision correctable at 13-16 in. to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, use of both eyes, hearing (aid permitted), hearing without aid, clear speech, and mental and emotional stability.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists VA Form 10-2850a, Copy of Current Licensure, Copy of Certification If Any)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document


**PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE". Note - Application forNurses and Nurse Anesthetists(VA Form 10-2850a), Copy of Current Licensure, Copy ofCertification - If Any, and ECFMG Certificateare all document type "Other".

To apply for this position, please provide a COMPLETE application package, which includes the following:

1. Completedquestionnaire (online or hard copy).

2. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. Link to application - Please read ALL instructions and complete the application in its entirety. If "yes" answers provided to questions30 through39 on page 3 of the application, explanation(s) must be given via a separate document.

3. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) on any and all malpractice issues/cases - IF any.

4. Detailed CV, to include"from" and "to" month(s) and year(s) for dates of employment. Please Note: If part-time work, please provide average hours per week worked.

5. Copy of transcript(s) pertaining to education as required for this position (please see the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Please Note: Transcript(s) may be unofficial; however, they MUST show your name, the name of the institution, the degree conferred, and the date the degree was conferred.

6. Copy of CurrentLicensure.

7. Copy of certification - IF any.

8. Copy of latest SF 50 showing status - IF former Federal civilian employee.

9. Copy of ECFMG certification - IF foreign medical graduate.

10. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - IF prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge.

11. Copy of a dated letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - IF prior military and you have service-connected disability.

12. Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form -

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1968830.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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