Registered Nurse Associate Chief Nurse Education/Designated Learning Officer

Kansas City, MO
Nov 12, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The scope of duties and responsibilities for this position are as follows:

The Associate Chief Nurse od Education/Designated Learning Officer will provide administrative oversight and executive leadership and accountability for the ACNE/DLO Service programs and processes at the KCVAMC. The incumbent is a professional registered nurse who works collaboratively with leaders of other departments, services, programs, and executive leadership to strategically plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, and improve care, as well as meet operational goals of the Health System, VISN 15 and CO. S/he oversees creation and maintenance of a positive organizational climate and just culture including such issues as work environment, diversity, employee recognition, and safety.

The incumbent works towards achievement of high quality, safety, and cost effective evidence based outcomes on a continual journey of a high reliability organization. Reviews quality data (IPEC, SAIL, Core Measures, etc.) for trends and early educational intervention. Applies clinical performance improvement methods, collects outcome data related to policy, procedure, and regulatory compliance and in collaboration with management, initiates performance improvementprojects. Utilizes data and comparative analytical processes in recommending design and implementation of innovative programs to improve service excellence, customer satisfaction, and compliance with patient care and regulatory standards. Participates in appropriate executive-level decision-making deliberations that affect compliance with regulatory standards. Participates in appropriate executive-level decision-making deliberations that affect both clinical and non-clinical education compliance and regulatory standards, and assistance with preparation for survey accreditation.

The ACNE/DLO functions as an administrator, leader, educator, and consultant applying management theory in collaboration with other services. S/he must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, and the community and program/service leaders at the local and Network levels. Key relationships with staff are needed to (1) contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of health care delivery organization-wide, (2) assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of quality management programs, and (3) collaborate with other health care staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care.

The ACNE/DLO has programmatic responsibility for the services and/or processes within specified area(s) of assignment and provides cross coverage for other positions within the service as appropriate. S/he executes position responsibilities independently and collaboratively in accordance with the most current Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice within the specialty area. The Nurse IV practices within the Rules and Regulations of the Nurse Practice Act of the state of licensure. The Nurse IV executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care. The ACNE/DLO is actively involved in the rollout of the organization's Culture of Excellence initiative and High Reliability Organization.The Veterans Administration Core Values of ICARE have been incorporated into the dimensions of practice that support their utilization.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification highly desired, and approximately 3-4 year's of nursing practice/experience. (REQUIRED)

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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum of two years of experience as a Nurse Manager, Supervisor or Management equivalent.
  • Successful experience in progressively more complex roles such as Nurse Manager, Assistant or Associate Chief Nurse preferred.
  • 5to 7 years of clinical experience required.
  • Documented ability to initiate and successfully implement programs using a systems approach.
  • Documented evidence of working with colleagues and peers to bring about positive outcomes in clinical and administrative practice.
  • Demonstrated strong administrative skills with documentation of successful follow through with established individual and service-wide goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex data, develops strategic plans and writes major reports.
  • Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills, writing skills and ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, track and trend data from multiple sources.
  • History of successfully implementing evidence-based standards of care and practice.
  • Certification preferred.

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:

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.

This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and reaching over head. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements; such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Incumbent may be exposed, on a short term basis to fumes, dust and other debris.

This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital and is an essential function of the position. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor.

Other Factors

* Lifting 50 pounds

* Repetitive motions, i.e. typing

* Perform CPR

* Ability to read; reading 70% of the time on computers

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

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

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850a - application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 2007764.

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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