Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Nurse for Surgical and Sterile Processing Services- Mather in Mather AFB, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Mather AFB, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/24/2016 (63 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1786390

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive May Be Authorized to Eligible Exceptional Candidate


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.

VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California.

*The city of Sacramento has evolved over recent years and features two large universities, a thriving riverfront area with harbor, a number of notable museums, top restaurants, jazz nightspots, impressive theaters, more than 100 parks, scenic trails by the American River Parkway, and some striking architecture, including the magnificent Sacramento State Capitol building.*

Located near San Francisco, one of America's favorite cities, Sacramento, is not far from the world class ski attractions at Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Napa Valley.


Overview/Position Description:

The Chief Nurse is a member of the VA Northern California Healthcare System (NCHCS) Nursing Leadership Team. The Chief Nurse reports to the Associate Director of Patient Care Services (ADPCS). The Chief Nurse has the clinical and operational oversight responsibility for the provision of timely and continuous high quality and safe nursing care delivered to patients throughout the VA NCHCS that is a geographical area of 40,000 square miles in 17 counties which includes: Sacramento Medical Center, Community Living Center in Martinez, 11 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Joint Ventures at Travis Air Force Base and Behavioral Health. He/she is accountable for providing primary assistance to the Associate Director of Patient Care Services in areas of Surgical Services and assists in administrative support over Sterilization Processing. He/she works collaboratively with the Clinical Service Chiefs, Administrative Service Chiefs, and Nursing Leadership to achieve VA NCHCS', VISN 21's, and VHA's strategic goals and initiatives. The major responsibility of the Chief Nurse is to ensure the development of a highly educated, innovative and motivated nursing and technical staff that delivers high quality competent nursing care in all areas of responsibility throughout VA NCHCS.


The Chief Nurse for Surgical Services and Sterilization Processing will have a Master's degree in Nursing or master's degree in a related field with a baccalaureate degree (BSN) in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and has met licensure requirements for practice in accordance with VA Handbook 5005/14, dated September 27, 2005. In addition, approximately five (5) years of successful nursing practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments is required.


Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field (regionally accredited university or college) and approximately three (3) years of successful nursing practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments. Certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in Nursing Administration Advanced is preferred

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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.

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:

  • Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 year’s of nursing practice/experience;* OR*a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 year’s of nursing practice/experience.

*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.

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; religions; 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.

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.

Physical Requirements:

Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.

Security Clearance


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: $88,972.00 to $154,074.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Current Federal Employees

Control Number: 448696000

Job Announcement Number: 612-16-SG-1786390