The VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) Cardiology Head Nurse - Medicine Service performs in a supervisory role as a Head Nurse Manager for the Cardiology Section, including the non-invasive staff and the cardiac catheterization lab. The Cardiology Head Nurse ensures proper work flow and administrative duties necessary for operational successful of the department. 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. Education: 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. RN Licensure: 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: Current Basic Life Support (BLS) provider card issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN). Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider care by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN). Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master's Degree in Nursing or with a master's degree in a related field. (Nursing education must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time you completed the program). Two (2) or more years of Clinical Nurse Manager experience. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 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: : Involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. Requires carrying or lifting of objects weighing up to 50 lbs., but occasionally may require work that involves pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. ["**This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be August 22, 2022. Eligible applications received after that date will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. *****Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period.*** VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Cardiology Head Nurse will also be an advisor to the Chief Medicine Service in the areas of Nursing Clinical Practice, Medicine Invasive Services Management, Medicine Specialty Care Clinics Management, and Medicine Clinical Program Management. The Cardiology Head Nurse - Medicine Service executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for the cardiology section and will be the Nurse Manager for the cardiac catheterization lab. The incumbent is responsible in supporting the Chief of Medicine Service for the strategic planning and operational management, and the development and continued effective functioning of clinical programs in Medicine Service. The Head Nurse is responsible for the interpretation and communication of VA policies/directives especially in the areas of clinical programs. The incumbent provides leadership and assumes continuing and substantial responsibility for the coordination and evaluation of integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission, vision, values and strategic priorities. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provides support in all areas of clinical practice/patient care, clinical staff education/training. Applies clinical expertise and knowledge of performance improvement and clinical practice guidelines to health care systems and processes to provide collaborative staff support. Performs clinical nursing functions in any Cardiology specialty clinics that may require him/her to perform as needed. Collaborates with the ACOS Clinical Affairs/Quality Management regarding Joint Commission (JC), patient care quality inspections and surveys conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OlG), VA System-wide Ongoing Assessment and Review Strategy (SOARS), etc. Utilizes advanced clinical knowledge and consultation in the area of direct patient care and interdisciplinary collaboration with members of the public and private sectors, both locally and nationally. Analyzes and process information/data and develop professional management reports that apply to clinical programs administered in Medicine Service. Collaborates with the facility Nurse Executive on the nursing professional development of all nurses assigned in Medicine Service including review of all Proficiency Reports of all Registered Nurses. Performs work related to developing and monitoring quality improvement programs. Analyzes and evaluates, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of clinical programs or operations in meeting established Goals and objectives. Performs administrative work which may include personnel administration, clinical equipment procurement, and space allocation. Ensures that staff is complying with mandatory training applicable to each staff position through the Talent Management system (TMS). Interprets and implements the philosophy, policies, and procedures of the VA Performance Measures. Develops, recommends, and implements policies, plans, and professional standards pertaining to Medicine Service and any interface with other Services. Demonstrates knowledge of business principles, and any relevant legal regulations that affect long term financial viability of practice, efficient use of resources and quality care. Serves as a mentor and consultant to healthcare staff involved in patient care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00 A.M. - 04:30 P.M.\nTelework: Not Available\n.Virtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory."]
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