Associate Director for Patient Care Services (Nurse Executive)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Internal Number: 654225500
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ is recruiting an Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS). The ADPCS is the top executive within nursing and is a key member of the senior executive leadership team. The ADPCS reports to the Medical Center Director and provides direct oversight of Nursing Sterile Processing Services, Nutrition and Food Services, Primary Care Nursing, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitative Services, Blind Rehabilitation, and Social Work. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse V - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor's degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. 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 ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) main campus, located in Tucson, Arizona is over 108 acres and encompasses over 1 million gross square feet. The SAVAHCS is a Joint Commission-accredited, level 1a complexity teaching hospital, providing tertiary-level care. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, the SAVAHCS provides a full range of patient care services and offers graduate medical education and research. It consists of inpatient (295 authorized beds which includes 90 Community Living Center beds), outpatient, and specialty care, as well as administrative support services in 5 counties. The SAVAHCS has 7 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and 2 Rural Health Care Coordination Centers. The ADPCS is a member of the SAVAHCS Executive Leadership team, along with the Medical Center Director, Associate Medical Center Director, Chief of staff and the Assistant Medical Center Director. Duties include but are not limited to: Works collaboratively to address issues within and across the healthcare continuum for population groups and integrated programs that cross services and/or disciplines to influence organizational mission, healthcare and outcomes. Works collaboratively with nurses, physicians and other clinical professional colleagues to assure patient care is delivered in a coordinated fashion and is of the highest standard Establish standards of care, policies and enhancements for nursing organizational-wide Initiate and lead nursing administrative, customer service, clinical programs, and other initiatives as needed Member of medical center Boards, Committees and Councils, such as the Council for Leadership and Excellence (COLE), Nurse Executive Board, etc. Involved with strategic planning with the SAVAHCS Executive Leadership Team Participates in and fully supports workforce and succession planning, and employment decisions Supports efforts to promote systems-thinking amongst all levels of staff across the health care system to involve nurses and other staff in decisions that affect their practice to improve employee engagement, performance, staffing levels, and staff satisfaction and retention Actively engages in Peer Review, Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL), performance measures, and other data sources for trends, early intervention, and formulation of improvement plans and policy Responsible for the practice of nursing 24/7 by all registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and allied health staff (LPNs, NAs, etc.) regardless of line authority Demonstrated commitment to High Reliability Organizations key principles and foundational practices. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFED CANDIDATE\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFED CANDIDATE\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.