Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration CHIEF NURSE (SPECIALTY CARE SERVICE LINE) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Minneapolis, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview







** Vacancy Identification Number: 1824842


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.

The incumbent for this position is not eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.







Chief Nurse, Surgery & Specialty Care Service Line : Provides primary assistance to the Director of the of Surgery & Specialty Care Service Line in overall administration of Patient Care Services/Nursing Services and in guiding the overall management of the practice of nursing and the profession of nursing within the VA Minneapolis Health Care System, as well as executive leadership and direct supervision for the following programs: The Surgery Specialty Care Service Line encompasses all inpatient and outpatient care and services delivered by the following 15 subspecialties: Anesthesia, Audiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colo-Rectal Surgery, Dermatology, General Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics Otolaryngology, Podiatry, Radiation Oncology, Urology and Vascular Surgery. The service line includes the Operating Room, Surgery Center, Post-anesthesia Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, 38 bed surgery-telemetry inpatient unit, 36 bed Observation/Short Stay unit and 14 outpatient clinics. The service line is made up of approximately 565 FTEE with six inpatient Nurse Managers, two Clinic Directors, four Outpatient Managers, and a Social Worker Supervisor.

The CN is an active member on Medical Center and VISN Committees. Follows up on sentinel events and/or other adverse events. Reviews Access, EPRP, Surgery metrics, VERA reports, Performance Measures, and other data for trends and early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with the service and other services as necessary.

In addition to the Nurse Managers, the CN provides direct supervision to the following: Eye Clinic Manager, Audiology Supervisor, Dental Clinic Manager, Therapeutic Radiation Tech Supervisor, SL Social Work Supervisor, APRNs/PAs, Surgery Coordinators, Wound Care Program and WOCN nurses. The CN leads weekly and monthly meetings with Nurse Managers, Service Line Department Managers , Surgery Coordinators and WOCN nurses to discuss goals, initiatives, and other information necessary for ongoing service line operations. Daily service line huddle occurs with the PSL leadership to keep abreast of current and future situations and events. The CN is responsible for the ongoing review and in maintaining the appropriate FTEE ceiling for the Service line. The CN works in concert with the SL Director in determining specific program needs and future growth of all programs on a weekly basis. Monthly SL leadership meetings are scheduled with the Facility Executive team to discuss specific service line issues, program projections, initiatives, budget/FTEE issues and other pertinent information.

Position Description is available per request.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Graduation from 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). Coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes an approved course of study of professional nursing.
  • Master's Degree
  • Basic proficiency in English



PRACTICE* -- Uses an analytical framework, such as the nursing process, to create an environment that facilitates the delivery of care. Coordinates and evaluates integrated programs or demonstrates clinical excellence in management of population groups.*

ETHICS* -- Provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff in or beyond the organization and the local health care community.*

RESOURCE UTILIZATION* –Designs, modifies, and implements systems compatible with professional standards and within the mission and the goals of the organization to improve the cost-effective use of resources.*

EDUCATION/CAREER DEVELOPMENT* – Develops staff for career progression. Forecasts new knowledge needs for changing practice environments/population groups. Plans, implements, and evaluates strategies to meet those needs.*

PERFORMANCE* – Implements standards of professional practice and accrediting bodies and applicable regulations.*

COLLABORATION* –Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with groups in other programs, services, academic settings, and community settings.*

COLLEGIALITY* –Contributes to the professional growth and development of colleagues and other health care providers at the local, state, regional, or national level.*

QUALITY OF CARE* –Provides leadership in improving and sustaining the quality and effectiveness of care in diverse or complex programs.*

RESEARCH* -- Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, faculty, and peers in developing, conducting, and evaluating research activities and programs.*

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.


MSN or Master's in related field with BSN (BSN required for Nurse IV), or MSN from Bridge Program (no BSN required) OR

Doctoral degree in nursing or related field

Physical Requirements:In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). Requirements include:

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Both Hands Required; Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Both Legs Are Required; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements.

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment).

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $111,163.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453303700

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-PSS-1824842