Washington State Director of Nursing Services (W003) in Walla Walla, Washington


We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to be part of the Team that will lead startup efforts for our Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH), which is scheduled to open in early 2017. We have an immediate opening for a full-time Director of Nursing Services. As the DNS for WWVH, will be responsible for planning, organization, direction, compliance, supervision and evaluation of all nursing services provided in a skilled nursing and assisted living Veterans home.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is comprised of more than 800 dedicated staff who strives to fulfill WDVA's mission of "Serving Those Who Served." To achieve this mission, WDVA provides critical services to veterans and their families, both in the community and among three veterans' homes within the State of Washington. WDVA is a national leader in the quality of and advocacy for veterans claims submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, reaching out to Washington's more than 600,000 veterans.

WDVA operates four veterans' homes in Port Orchard, Orting, Spokane, and Walla Walla providing Medicare and Medicaid nursing care for honorably discharged veterans, to include, in some instances, their spouses, widows or gold star parents.

For more information, visit our website at www.dva.wa.gov.

This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. The first review of applications will begin on 9/20/16 and it will be to the applicant's advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.

About the new Home The Walla Walla Veterans Home serves 80 residents needing skilled nursing support. The Home is situated in the beautiful Fort Walla Walla Historic District of Walla Walla, WA which also includes the highly regarded Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, beautiful 208-acre Fort Walla Walla Park, and excellent 15-acre Fort Walla Walla Museum.

The state-of-the-art Home offers: a "small house" living arrangement where all activities of daily living occur within a small-scaled environment, reminiscent of a large family home; person-centered care, social-model activity programming, cross functional staff roles, and a team-based organizational structure, as well as a management philosophy based on Continuous Quality Improvement. The Home will serve veterans, veterans' spouses and parents of service members who died in combat operations.

The Home consists of six separate buildings: four residences, a community center and a maintenance/support building. Each residence building includes two separate "homes" each consisting of ten private bedrooms with private bathrooms and showers surrounding a communal "heart" of the home, an open kitchen, dining room, living room, quiet room/den, and nursing office. Services shared by the adjacent homes include a spa-like bathing room, and supply storage and housekeeping support areas. Some ancillary services will be provided as provider visits (Physician, Social Work, Activities, etc.) like those provided by visiting nurses or therapists at an individual's home. Other services, such as Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, Pharmacy, and Nutrition will be centralized, but in some cases may be provided at the residents' rooms.

Location: Situated in the beautiful Walla Walla Valley in the southeast corner of Washington State and just thirteen miles north of the Oregon border, Walla Walla is almost equidistant from Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Boise, ID just approximately four and a half hours driving from each or a short flight from Seattle. It is also one hour and three hours driving respectively from the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) and Spokane, WA.

The population of Walla Walla and its two suburbs, the town of College Place and unincorporated "East Walla Walla," is about 45,000, and the population of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area is 273,100, while the population of the Spokane Metropolitan Statistical area is 500,000.

The Walla Walla Valley boasts appealing scenery, an array of fine wineries and performing arts organizations and venues, excellent public and private schools and colleges, sports teams; and a breadth of outdoor activities, including hiking, running, cycling, golfing, and wildlife viewing.

*Benefits: * Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.

State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

Vacation Leave is accrued starting your first month of employment and are able to take leave after six months of employment.

Employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month.

Full time employees are entitled to 11 paid holidays.


This position serves as the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) for The Walla Walla Veteran Home, reporting directly to the Superintendent. As the Director of Nursing Services, you will be charged with being the champion of the small house model that the agency is implementing with this facility. This position promotes quality care through effective leadership, Employee support, participative management, open communication and educated decision making. This position is an active participant in establishment and oversight of communities nursing policies and procedures as well as input for agency policies and procedures. Assures that proper policies and procedures are adopted and enacted to exceed the requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. Manages the nursing services of the Walla Walla Veteran Home providing skilled nursing care, assisted living and independent living services to residents of the home.

The DNS ensures nursing department compliance with federal, state and local regulations and implementation. Directs staff in maintenance of records and reports concerning resident care. Ensures the orientation and training of nursing services personnel. Manages the Nursing Department. Assures through program management and supervision that skilled care, treatment requirements, and ancillary nursing services are successfully operating to meet individual and medical requirements, standards of care, and that regulatory compliance is maintained. Works cooperatively with the facility's Medical Director, all other Home Departments, and outside service and treatment providers. Serves as a member of the Home's leadership team as well as an agency resource for nursing and long term care. Supports the mission of the agency and proactively seeks best outcomes and use of resources in providing quality care to the residents by retention of skilled, trained, knowledgeable, compassionate staff. Other duties include but are not limited to: The Director of Nursing Services plans, leads, organizes and controls work performed by the Walla Walla Veteran Home Nursing Services. Assures appropriate and optimum use of the organization's resources (including both budget and staff resources). Enhances proficiency and effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal, training, coaching and counseling; and professional development opportunities. Supports effective communications, both written and verbal (including public speaking) throughout the organization. Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and supports for the state's goal for a diverse work force. Maintains effective collaboration and respectful working relationships with external and internal stakeholders and customers. Oversees and assures development and implementation of policies and procedures necessary to provide structure for nursing and health care programs. With medical staff and representatives of other disciplines, plans for needs and improvements of nursing and health care programs and their evaluation; participates in total facility program planning and development; cooperates and plans with other facility departments for optimum operation of interrelated functions.

Directs and supervises nursing personnel and is responsible for developing, organizing, and evaluating nursing care program. Ensures compliance and training needs through programs, such as utilization review, quality assurance, infection control and medication error review.

Participates in conferences and lectures to professional and lay groups as necessary in support of facility objectives and obligations. Prepares reports, memoranda, and directives; answers correspondence pertaining to welfare of residents and the business of the nursing department. Manages contracted services for quality and serves as operational process owner.

Demonstrates the principles of quality improvement management, identifying opportunities for service improvement and ensuring implementation and maintenance of those improvements. Utilizes proactive innovative thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills to address the challenges of the department and facility. Demonstrates project management skills including ability to set and meet deadlines with proven results. Demonstrates energy and positive commitment to realization of agency and facility goals.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing An unencumbered Registered Nurse License for the State of Washington Five years documented experience in long term care to include supervision and management. Five years documented experience in nursing practice, supervision and management of professional staff. Demonstrated experience in the delivery and monitoring of social and health service programs and working with vulnerable adults in a medical community. Knowledge of geriatrics, developmental disabilities, and mental illnesses. Ability to learn and maintain knowledge of current practices and procedures in the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs. Ability to manage and direct nurses in the work unit and make key decisions regarding actions and processes followed and regarding quality of care and life issues. Ability to organize and prioritize tasks for efficient and effective utilization of resources; respond timely to email, phone messages, and mail. Ability to interpret data and devise plans of actions to address areas of concern. Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary management team in a positive and professional manner and maintain an objective, professional and respectful demeanor with difficult persons or during challenging events. Ability to understand and follow policies, regulations and directives. Ability to learn and practice current principles and practices of personnel and management; take timely, appropriate corrective/disciplinary actions. Ability to communicate complex laws or policies to diverse groups of people (people from varying cultures, primary language groups, or/and sophistication). Demonstrate an extensive understanding of state and federal regulations, and interpretations pertaining to nursing homes and specific to the Veterans Administration. Familiar with the civil and criminal law and professional regulations related to abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. Understand the legislative processes and organizational structure responsibilities and operational procedures of the administration and other state agencies in regards to nursing homes. Ability to assess situations and determine the best course of action to take to protect and further the goals and objectives of the department; make timely/responsive decisions using a logical rational approach. Ability to effectively facilitate meetings and training sessions.

Supplemental Information

Please be sure to respond fully and completely to the supplemental questionnaire, complete an application profile attach a letter of interest, a current resume, and three professional references including at least two supervisors.In your *letter of interest, please include in detail how you meet the required qualifications. In addition, please include any of the preferred qualifications that you meet. Applicants who fail to include this information may not move forward in the selection process. Initial screening will be based on information contained in your response to a supplemental questionnaire, as well as your application profile. Comments such as "see attachments" or "on file" will be considered incomplete and may not be considered to move forward in the selection process.

NOTE: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For questions about Veterans Preference, Please email us at recruiters@dva.wa.gov.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 725-2204 or toll free (800) 562-0132 and select option 5. For questions about this recruitment, call (360)725 -2204. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09496

Department: Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $64,212.00 - $104,844.00 Annually

Location: Walla Walla County - Walla Walla, WA