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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Manager-Plano CBOC in Plano, Texas

Summary

Incentives are not authorized for this position. The Nurse Manager demonstrates 'leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. The Nurse Manager reports to the Chief Nurse of the assigned area. The Nurse Manager demonstrates leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care and organizational processes.

Responsibilities

The Nurse Manager is responsible and accountable for 24/7 operations of the unit, ensuring that nursing personnel provide timely nursing care which complies with accepted standards of clinical practice. The Nurse Manager functions in the position that demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of complex patient care and employee relations on their assigned unit. The Nurse Manager is an expert clinical nurse in all areas of the unit. The Nurse Manager is an EXPERT NURSE "with an enormous background of experience, who now has an intuitive grasp of each situation and zeros in on the accurate region of the problem, without wasteful consideration of a large range of unfruitful, alternate diagnoses and solutions" (Bender).

The Nurse Manager is responsible for the documented outcomes at the program or service level. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex, and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within the facility, VISN, or VACO. Program is defined as a substantial coordinated group of activities impacting patients and/or employees:

i. Serving as both a patient and staff advocate. ii. Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning.

iii. Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating Outcomes.

iv. Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities,

v. Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups for patients and/or organizational processes at the program and service level.

vi. Guiding, developing and supporting staff from a leadership perspective.

vii. Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.

The Nurse Manager assumes appropriate responsibility in regards to administrative and clinical issues, such as staffing coverage, granting leave, and patient and/or staff issues.

The Nurse Manager is responsible to the assigned rating and approving supervisors and is accountable to the Associate Director of Patient Care Services. The Nurse Manager is responsible for providing oversight of the delivery of nursing care by nursing staff on their assigned unit (s) and at the program and/or service level.

Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Day shift - Monday through Friday with 24hr responsibility of the unit

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Note: This is not a Bargaining Unit position.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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: A minimum of two years of clinical experience, Adult outpatient experience, Management experience, Leadership role at facility level process improvement initiatives, and BSN or Master's in nursing or related field Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's 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 pounds, Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Pulling hand over hand ( 8-12 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Walking ( 8-12 hours), Standing ( 8-12 hours), Kneeling ( 8-12 hours), Both legs required, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted), may be exposed to infected patients, may be expected to don protective gear, may be exposed to combative patients, must complete annual employee health requirements.

Education

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), or Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) must be fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission On Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Verification of accreditation may be obtained from http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm or https://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. If your school was accredited by ACEN or CCNE at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the websites, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Additional Information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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