Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Associate Chief of Nursing Service/Research (ACNSR) in Tampa, Florida

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

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/14/2016 (20 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Announcement Number: 1816875

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.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.


This position of Associate Chief of Nursing Service/Research for the VA HSR&D; Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida. This nurse scientist will lead a program of health services research in the area of rehabilitation and disability including but not limited to innovative rehabilitation (technology and engagement), rehabilitation analytics research (measurement, patient-reported outcomes, natural language processing, text mining, network techniques), and implementation research. In addition, the ACNSR will be responsible for implementing evidence practices locally, regionally and nationally in the areas of fall and fall injury prevention. The ACNSR makes significant contributions to the profession of rehabilitation nursing by publication, securing ROI-level research funding, leadership on task forces, workgroups, and review panels, intramural and extramural committees, consultation, scientific inquiry, and use of creative approaches to study quality of patient care and patient and organizational outcomes.

The James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital is recognized as a quality leader in a multi-site healthcare system, offering a continuum of care for Veterans. The system consists of:

  • 415-bed quaternary care referral center

  • Vibrant and comprehensive rehabilitation services, including Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma, and Pain rehabilitation

  • 118-bed community living center for residential care of Veterans

  • Community-based outpatient clinics

  • 35-bed Domiciliary

  • A VA HSR&D; Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR)

  • A Patient Safety Center of Inquiry

Responsibilities include:

  • Obtain VA HSR&D; funding to support an interdisciplinary program of research to improve the delivery of rehabilitation services and Veteran outcomes

  • Publish in peer refereed journals

  • Engage with VHA operations partners, clinicians, researchers, stakeholders and Veterans at the local, VISN (district), and national levels in the conduct of research

  • Maintain an active role in a broad range of complex research studies that have an impact on health care of Veterans

  • Serve as an expert consultant to nurses and other disciplines in the dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of research programs that may cross service and/or discipline lines.

  • Mentor pre/postdoctoral research fellows, career development awardees and other early career investigators from a variety of disciplines.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Full-Time

Functional Statement Title/#: Associate Chief of Nursing Service/ Research (ACNSR)/000000

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized.

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


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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.


  • Nurse IV

  • Master's degree in nursing and approximately 4-5 years of experience

  • Or Master's degree in related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of experience

  • Or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 3-4 years of experience

  • AND appropriate basic or advanced certification.

Preferred Experience:

  • Leadership in regional or national research activities,

  • Recent implementation research experience in a health care setting,

  • Recent clinical practice or practice-related activities,

  • An earned DNP or PhD, and

  • A proven track record of research dissemination through national presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Current NIH (National Institute of Health), RO1 or HSR&D; merit review funding.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

  • Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;

  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD


PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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:Work might require heavy lifting, carrying (45 pounds and over), reaching above shoulder, walking, standing, bending, kneeling.

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

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Performance-based interviews will be conducted by an interdisciplinary panel for qualified applicants who are selected for interviews. For more information about PBI please visit


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other 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.

Salary Range: $110,397.00 to $146,818.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452336500

Job Announcement Number: ZX-16-LBK-1816875