This position serves as the Chief of Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System, a 1c complex affiliated teaching medical center consisting of 11 sites of care serving approximately 60,000 Veterans in multiple levels of care including outpatient, acute inpatient, subacute and long-term care, home care, residential care and integrated care in the community. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates. 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: Prior supervisor and quality management 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 IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates! VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Chief of QSV practices within a complex, integrated environment and executes responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of programs including accreditation and regulatory affairs, patient safety, risk management, utilization management, bed management, system redesign and innovation, high reliability organization program functions, data management and overall quality systems. In this role the Chief QSV makes policy determinations and implements practices and strategies that enable high functioning leadership, continuous improvement, patient safety. The position requires highly experienced management and strong leadership skills. The Chief, QSV reports to the Director and receives minimal supervision, with wide latitude for use of individual judgement and independent action to make decisions and resolve organizational issues. The Chief provides direct supervision for staff in programs and functions that he/she manages.Executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population group outcomes and integrated programs that cross service and/or disciplinary lines and influence organizational mission and health care. The Chief of QSV is a member of the executive management team providing direct support and guidance to Senior Leaders, Service Chiefs and Program Managers. He/she is responsible for the ongoing oversight of all aspects of the healthcare system to ensure quality and minimize risk. His/her scope of responsibilities extends to all clinical, administrative, educational and research practice areas. Actions and decisions are guided and supported by public laws, VHA regulations, OPM regulations, executive orders, VA General Council, OIG, Office of the Medical Inspector and accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission. 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 (7:30AM - 4PM) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authortized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.