Chief Nurse, Rehabilitation Service

Palo Alto, CA
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with flexibility to meet patient and program needs.

Functional Statement Title#: Chief Nurse, Rehabilitation Service.

The Chief Nurse Rehabilitation Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) reports directly to the Deputy Director for Patient Care Service/Nursing Services. The Chief Nurse is a member of the Rehabilitation Service Dyad and works closely with the Associate Chief of Staff for Rehabilitation to implement and promote the Service Improvement Model for Rehabilitation Service. The Chief Nurse is highly motivated with experience in addressing highly complex system issues, with in a level 1A affiliated health care system, supporting efforts to enculturate problem solving amongst all levels of staff across the Rehabilitation Programs in order to improve employee engagement, performance, staff retention and employee satisfaction. Possess a sense of team, collaborative framework in addressing issues. Experience with VHA policy and regulations, the Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VA review processes such as System of Ongoing Assessment and Review Strategy (SOARS), and Office of Inspector General Reviews (OIG) and other agencies such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), California Board of Registered Nurses (CA BRN) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for overall leadership for nursing care practice throughoutthe VAPAHCS Rehabilitation Services located at thethree divisions: Palo Alto, Livermore and Menlo Park.
  • Responsible for oversight of more than 145 FTE nursing staff, ensuring safe high quality nursing care is delivered to veterans and active duty service personnel in all rehabilitation locations within the VAPAHCS.
  • Ensures the nursing staff provides competent nursing care based on established nursing standards of practice.
  • Responsible for recruitment, hiring and supervision of nursing staff.
  • Works effectively within an interdisciplinary framework and has excellent communications skills with staff at all levels of the VA and with families, veterans, and active duty service personnel.


  • 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 agency, and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) which changed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; at the time the program was completed; 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. 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.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • Master's Degree in Nursing or related field with BSN (If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required) and approximately 4-5 years of experience, AND appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.
  • OR Doctoral Degree in Nursing or related filed and with approximately 3-4 years of experience, AND the appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.

Business Necessity:

  • (1) year of full-time experience as a licensed professional Registered Nurse.

Preferred Criteria:

  • BLS provider card issued by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network.
  • Current certification as Certified Rehabilitation (CRRN) and/or Nurse Executive (BC-NE).
  • Experience as a senior level nursing administrator with clinical and administrative oversight responsibility for a full range of Rehabilitation Service with high level leadership skills to implement and promote the Service Improvement Model.
  • Five (5) years of successful nursing practice to include a broad background and experience with an emphasis in care for the patients requiring rehabilitation services such as Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation.

Grade Determinations: Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regards 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.
  • 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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. 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.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Federal departments and agencies are required to make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents based on applicability:

  • Resume (Required for ALL applicants)
  • DD-214 (If applying as a Veteran)
  • Other Veterans Documents (If applicable - e.g. VBA Letter)
  • SF-15 (If Veteran claiming 10 point preference)
  • Non-Award SF-50 (Required for VA, other Federal Employees, and Reinstatement eligibles)
  • In addition to the above documents, applicants may also submit the following:

    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.

    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 visit

    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 2005410.

    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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