Registered Nurse-Associate Chief of Nursing Service (Geriatrics and Extended Care)

Pineville, LA
Aug 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tour of Duty: Full Time-Permanent. Monday through Friday (0730am-0400pm) with some weekend and off tour rotations as needed

Major Duties:

As the Associate Chief of Nursing Service-Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC), the incumbent assures implementation and maintenance of healthcare standards through the management of diverse nursing roles as assigned. Develops and directs the cooperation/collaboration of clinical programs and the delivery of patient care

services for the purpose of achieving organizational goals in Geriatrics and Extended Care. Develops and facilitiates programs for the adult/older adult and geriatric patient that is consistent with policies and guidelines of VHA and the mission of the medical center. The scope of supervision is over the Community Living Center and over the nursing staff in the Home Based Primary Care Teams throughout thehealth carecenter. Collaborates with other clinical service chiefs or designated staff to assure clinical input is obtained for the development and the use of policies within the medical center. Utilizes expertise of other administrative and clinical practice professionals to construct formats for retrieving information to improve operation of GEC clinical services. Facilitates the development of clinical paths, protocols, and policies in collaboration with health professionals to ensure appropriate utilization of resources with cost effective outcomes. Provides leadership in assuring nursing personnel adhere to the applicable processes in patient care and organization-wide functions. Fosters a clinical practice climate, which assures excellence in indvidual performance of clinical staff, as assigned. Collaborates with Associate Director, Patient Care Services in developing guidelines for nursing programs which are compatible with the mission of the medical center. Assesses discipline specific programmatic needs to define staffing requirements and to clarify perfomance goals. Promotes interdisciplinary care practices throughout the medical center. Collaborates with service chiefs to establish uniform clinical practice and procedures, standards of care, and standards of practice that directly impact on Nursing and other clinical services as appropriate. Collaborates withother service chiefs in the design and direction of GEC activities that impact directly on patient care. Ensures staff are informed of any changes in standards of care and practice related topatient care. Collaborates with service chiefs in conducting ongoing review of clinical functions of GEC to determine compliance with professional practices and established guidelines. Identifies new modalities of care and future directions of healthcare through the management of diverse disciplines, as assigned. Participates in facility and quality improvement initiatives, provides leadership, direction and interpretation of the effectiveness of The Joint Commission, the Long Term Care Institute (LTCI) and other regulatory agency standards in development and evaluation of the healthcare delivery systems. Promotes professional clinical practice and quality patient care initiatives related to community, regional and/or national statutes and regulations within and across the heatlhcare systems. Participates in service budget process by forecasting clinical service needs. Collaborates with executive management in cost containment, strategic planning, decision and problem solving initiatives to improve healthcare services. Facilitates communication between and across services on ethical issues as a patient and staff advocate by utilizing current relative practice concepts based on research and literature findings. Evaluates the effectiveness of care. Facilitates quality care through the development of the mission, goals, philosophy and objectives of the service, consistent with mission of the medical center and strategic plan through collaboration with healthcare executives. Provides leadership on committees, taskforces, teams and other medical center groups, as appropriate. Identifies and recognizes the distinctive and contributing roles of disciplines within the medical center. Supports effective labor management relationships. Assists in the planning and activation of new construction and remodeling of patient care areas. Assures that all policies pertinent to the staff of the service are defined, documented and accessible to the clinical staff in written and/or electronic format. Assures and maintains a safe and therapeutic enviornment for healthcare delivery. Assists and conducts analysis of staffing, workload changes, and hospital census to accurately provide for patient care. Assists with the development and revision of position descriptions, functional statements, and performance standards. Participates in securing a sufficient number of appropriately qualified clinical personnel to care for residents by assessing applicants through screening, credentialing and staffing practices.

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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). 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.


Scope: Executes leadership characterized by substanial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or intergrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influences organziational mission and health care.

Education: Master's degree in nursing or Master in a field related to nursing with a BSN or, Master's of Science in Nursing from a Bridge program is appropriate, Doctoral degree in Nursing (preferred) or a field related to nursing

Experience Requirements:

1. Master's degree in nursing

2. BLS required. Appropriate basic or advance certification preferred

3. Seven to ten years RN experience. Minimum of two years of Gerontology Nursing experience is required.

4. Current supervisory experience required

5. Excellent interpersonal skills for staff at all levels of the organization

6. Excellent communication skills-written and verbal abilities essential

7. Use of problem identification/resolution skills within a interdisciplinary setting

8. Evidence of successful outcomes working with or through an Interdisciplinary Team

9. Demonstrate effective leadership characteristics

10. Facilitiates and endorses educational research and upward mobility opportunities for staff

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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.?, For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

1. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available (required).

2. CV or Resume

3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15. Application for 10 point Veteran Preference (available at

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

5. Optional Form 306 (Declaration of Federal Employment), required for all non federal applicants (

6. Occupational Questionnaire

7. College Transcripts

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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.

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

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1943450.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, September 30, 2017 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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