Clinical Nurse Manager - Social Work Service
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration     Tucson, AZ 85702
 Posted 12 days    

Summary The Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) is a professional nurse and member of the Social Work Service (SWS) line. Incumbent participates in decision-making, policy determination, and strategy implementation for the service, in collaboration with the Chief of SWS, to ensure policies and practices promote optimum and efficient patient care outcomes. Responsibilities The Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) is a professional nurse and member of the Social Work Service (SWS) line. Incumbent participates in decision-making, policy determination, and strategy implementation for the service, in collaboration with the Chief of SWS, to ensure policies and practices promote optimum and efficient patient care outcomes. They will aid in guiding the overall management of practice for nursing and the nursing profession within SWS. The breadth and scope of the Clinical Nurse Manager role extends to all major practice areas, i.e., clinical, administrative, research, and education. The Incumbent will focus on integration and collaboration between service lines to maximize improved safety, patient outcomes, staff satisfaction and further the VHA mission. The Clinical Nurse Manager supervises the nursing staff, which consists of licensed and non-licensed nursing. The incumbent is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing staffing resources. Incumbent will submit requests for additional staff and/or vacant positions and track the process, keeping the AO and Chief informed. In collaboration with Nursing Educators and Education, the incumbent will continually assess nursing staff educational needs, and monitor and ensure staff competency to work in their assigned areas. They are responsible for nursing staff in SWS completing and/ or reviewing nursing proficiencies, staff performance appraisals, and personnel actions related to the staff they supervise and or provides clinical oversight. This is achieved collaboratively with dyad social work partners in ensuring programmatic fidelity and patient care needs are safety met and accessible. The incumbent ensures staff maintain required licensure, certifications, and/or new educational requirements. The incumbent will empower staff to have a say in their work environment, incorporate them into shared governance process of decision-making. They will, communicate necessary information to improve their knowledge and understanding of the VA mission, policies, and procedures. The CNM will be responsible for nursing service coordination throughout the continuum of care in various setting in the social work service to assure care is timely, appropriate, of high quality, and cost effective. They will be accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. The incumbent demonstrates leadership to improve patient care in all nursing settings and serves as a role model when functioning as a nursing staffing consultant/content expert. The incumbent will provide a leadership role in the department that includes innovation, consultation, advocacy, accountability, and responsibility for improved SAVAHCS nursing services. They will participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality improvement in SWS. The incumbent will make appropriate recommendations or changes in practice based on feedback and data collected. They will assume accountability as nurse manager by accepting responsibility, recognizing own abilities and limitations, and consistently seeking guidance and learning experiences that provide professional and personal growth. The CNM will serve the Social Work Service and Medical Center in a variety of capacities, such as committee, unit councils, workgroups, investigations, personnel matters, special assignments, or other duties as assigned that are necessary to meet program goals and VA Mission VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 07:30am 4:00pm Telework: Ad Hoc Ad hoc Telework: means approved telework performed at an alternative worksite on an occasional, one-time, or irregular basis Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All 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. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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 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). The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. 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: - Minimum of 2 years experience in nursing management - Minimum of 1 year experience in Emergency Medicine and/or Inpatient Medical Care Setting - Experience with process improvement projects 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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