Associate Chief Nurse - Medical and Surgical Services
The Associate Chief Nurse (ACN) is responsible for administrative functions of thier assigned nursing units/programs. The ACN provides leadership and coordination of nursing practice standards and ensure nursing care is provided according to quality, licensing, and accreditation standards. Develops strategic plans for medicine and surgical nursing, including mechanisms to ensure uniform quality and adherence to standards. Creates a continuous improvement environment that promotes creativity and innovation in the medicine and surgical nursing areas, sharing information across the enterprise to ensure best practice implementation and directly improve patient care delivery and outcomes; nurse efficiency, effectiveness, and costs of care. The ACN ensures that medicine and surgical nursing areas function within budget and continually examine practice to ensure cost effectiveness, efficient use human and supply resources and achievement of metrics as appropriate to surgery (e.g. case volume, FTE allocation, supply cost targets, on-time case starts and reduction in turnover time, etc). Plans, organizes, leads and evaluates assigned patient care services. Functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with patient care service and other services. Must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families, and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels.
Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday; Day Shift
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- 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.
- 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.
- Master's Degree in Nursing or a related field required
Master's Degree in Science of Nursing with concentration in Nursing Administration (MSN/ADM) preferred
Minimum of three years working as staff nurse in acute med/surg preferred
Demonstrated mastery of knowledge related to medicine and surgical nursing administration including but not limited to Operating Room, Procedural and Interventional areas, Pre and Post Anesthesia care areas, Medical-Surgical Inpatient Units, and Sterile Processing preferred
Work as an Associate Chief Nurse in the last two years preferred
Working knowledge required with Information Technology including Excel, Web, Word, and Databases preferred
Knowledge of VA data sources preferred
Experience in developing and presenting reports and analysis at various levels of an organization preferred
Previous experience working with Joint Commission standards and nursing outcomes preferred
Previous leadership experience preferred
Previous experience working with and leading interdisciplinary teams preferred
Previous progressive leadership experience preferred
Previous staff development and growth experience preferred
Previous knowledge and work with budgets preferred
American Heart Association BLS for the healthcare provider
The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
Nurse IV: Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.] OR Doctoral degree
in nursing or related field AND appropriate basic or advanced certification desired
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.
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: Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotionally/mentally stable
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.
- Cover Letter
- VA 2850a
- Other Veterans Document