Associate Director for Patient Care Services - VA Travel Nurse Corps

Washington D.C.
Apr 06, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) Interim Staffing Program (ISP) was created October 1, 2013, as directed by the VA National Leadership Council.  The Interim Staffing Program, and its constituent Locum Tenens Provider (LTP) and Travel Nurse Corps (TNC) branches, is a component of the Office of Primary Care Clinical Operations (10NC3).  The ISP seeks to enhance patient access, quality of care, and satisfaction by optimizing the national availability of a highly-trained cadre of mobile health care professionals to include Clinical Care Staff (physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others) and Clinical Examiner Staff (Compensation and Pension medical assessors) and ADPCSs (Associate Directors for Patient Care Services).  These staff are available to temporarily fill vacancies and help meet surges in patient demand at health care facilities throughout VHA.  The Interim Staffing Program Travel Nurse Corps is an integral part of the VHA.

Vacancy Identification Number: 1846689

Selectee may be eligible for Nurse Executive Special Pay if approved by the Network Director for an approved temporary assignment site.  If approved, Nurse Executive Special Pay will not be effective until the selectee has served in the role for 30 consecutive days.

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  • 75% or Greater
  • Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) Assignments range from 3 to 9 months at an assigned facility.

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  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

    • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
    • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. 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)
    • 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.

    Education/Experience Requirements:

    • Master's degree in Nursing or related field and a BSN; or
    • Master's degree in Nursing from a bridge program; or
    • Doctoral degree in Nursing (preferred) or in a related field.
    • Must possess a minimum of 4 years of nursing experience.

    Preferred Experience/Qualifications:

    • A minimum of 3 years of prior or current Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive experience within the Veterans Health Administration within the last 5 years is preferred.
    • Proficiency in the use of VHA staffing methodology to coordinate staffing needs.
    • Experience using Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) to address opportunities for improvement in patient care services.
    • A minimum of 3 years of prior or current experience and proficiency in managing Sterile Process Service (SPS) program.

    Grade Determinations:  Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.  The criteria for the Nurse V level are as follows:


    • Practice:  Collaborates with health care executives in creating the organizational mission and vision.  Directs the integration of nursing or nursing related activities in the mutual development and achievement of organizational goals. 
      • Ethics:  Advocates for ethical decision-making on behalf of the public and staff.  Develops an environment for ethical decision-making at the organization/system level.

      • Resource Utilization:  Develops resource utilization strategies to improve organizational performance.  Strategies reflect the changing societal and health care environments and the economic climate.

    Professional Development:

    • Education/Career Development:  Mentors others in executive leadership positions.  Forecasts knowledge needs for complex multi-system change 
    • Performance:  Develops policy related to professional practice and relevant statutes and regulations on community, regional, and/or national levels.


    • Collaboration:  Collaborates with other executives for strategic planning, decision-making, and problem solving about health care services and organizational priorities.
    • Collegiality:  Serves as an expert to communicate nursing and health care trends and issues at the local, regional, state, and/or national level.

    Scientific Inquiry:

    • Quality of Care:  Improves the quality and effectiveness of the facility's overall health care program by providing leadership, coordinating, and facilitating the evaluation and improvement of a wide range of programs.  Excellence is reflected in improved client outcomes and organizational performance.
    • Research:  Promotes an environment that supports the conduct and utilization of research in practice and a spirit of inquiry.

    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.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.  

    PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here:   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.

    DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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