Registered Nurse (Chief Nurse-Kerrville Campus)

Kerrville, TX
Feb 04, 2018
Mar 04, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a non-bargaining unit position.

The Chief Nurse (CN) for Kerrville Campus Community Living Centers reports directly to the Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Service (DADPCS)/Deputy Executive Nurse and will be an important member of the Patient Care Services Executive Management Team. The CN will be a program manager for the following departments at the Kerrville Campus: Inpatient Long Stay Units, Short Stay Units and Dementia Units. The CN will directly supervise managers of these areas with oversight and accountability for all nursing care activities related to managing quality and resource utilization within Patient Care Services. The CN will provide clinical and administrative leadership and oversight for both clinical nursing practice and administration; establish/promote optimal standards in care delivery and policies/procedures which reflect the current evidence-based practice; work with his/her peers to formulate strategic directions for Patient Care Services (PCS); plan, implement, and lead activities to enhance customer service; and collaborate with other health care disciplines to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and overall health care delivery. As the CN for Kerrville Campus Community Living Centers, the incumbent will be responsible for assessing and recommending the allocation of resources, both human and material, necessary to ensure positive outcomes of existing programs and new projects. The incumbent will support quality, safety, value, and efficiency; striving to ensure that Veterans receive health care services in the appropriate level of care, when that care is needed, and receive only needed health care services.
The CN for Kerrville Campus Community Living Centers will use performance improvement data, e.g. staffing effectiveness, to design delivery models, ensure budgetary responsibility, and establish staffing levels that will meet the needs of the Veteran patient. The CN will be responsible and accountable for the delivery of high quality, customer-focused, cost-effective patient care to meet the mission and goals of current operations at South Texas Health Care System. The incumbent will facilitate interdisciplinary teamwork to assure optimal quality in all care delivery processes, promote productivity/efficiency, monitor clinical outcomes, work to enhance patient satisfaction levels and be responsible and accountable for continuous performance improvement within Patient Care Services.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with flexibility to meet the needs of the organization
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • 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. 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. 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for 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.
Preferred Experience:
Certification in Management, Nurse Executive, Nurse Executive-Advanced and/or Gerontological Nursing.

Grade Determinations: 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 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.
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: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (4-6 hours); Pulling hand over hand (4-6 hours); Pushing (4-6 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (2 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing, legs only (2 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Sitting (8 hours per day); Simple Grasping (2-4 hours per day); Fine Manipulation (4-6 hours, includes keyboarding per day); Twisting (4-6 hours per day); Mental and Emotional Stability.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850A
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at:

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), SF-50;s, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850A
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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