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Washington State Director of Nursing Services WMS 3 in Retsil, Washington


We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to be part of our team at the Washington Veterans Home (WVH). We have an opening for a full-time Director of Nursing Services (DNS). As the DNS for WVH, you will lead the Nursing Department and 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 hiring manager reserves the right to review application materials and make a hiring decision at any point during this recruitment process. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as soon as possible.

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 four 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 Medicare/Medicaid and Federal VA Certified Veterans Homes in Port Orchard, Orting, Spokane, and Walla Walla providing nursing care for honorably discharged veterans, to include, in some instances, their spouses, widows or gold star parents.

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_Some of what you will be doing: _ This position serves as the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) for the Washington Veterans Home, reporting directly to the Home Administrator. This position promotes quality care through effective leadership, participative management, open communication and educated decision making. This position is an active participant in establishment and oversight of nursing policies and procedures as well as input for agency policies and procedures. Furthermore, the incumbent will manage the nursing services of the WVH providing skilled nursing care to residents of the Home.

Key Responsibilities: Plans, leads, organizes and controls work performed by the WVH Nursing Services. Assures appropriate and optimum use of the organization's resources.

Enhances proficiency and effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal, training, coaching and counseling; and professional development opportunities.

Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and supports 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.

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.

Prepares reports, memoranda, and directives; answers correspondence pertaining to welfare of residents and the business of the nursing department.


Required Qualifications:

An unencumbered Registered Nurse License for the State of Washington.

Bachelor's Degree in business administration, public administration, law, public health, health administration, nursing or a related field or equivalent experience and education.

Five years experience in long term care experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five years of progressive leadership and management experience with at least 3 years within long term care or similar related experience.

Masters degree in business administration, public administration, law, public health, health administration, nursing or a related field preferred.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Background check must be completed every two years as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test annually.

Must comply with annual training requirements.

Willingness to champion the concepts of Resident Centered Care.

Be available by telephone and frequently in person 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Be available during a recognized emergency: report for duty on short notice for a specified period; frequently report for duty outside of normally scheduled work hours and workdays (middle of the night); report to a duty station that is different from the office duty station (Central Office, other WDVA nursing homes, training facilities).

Must have a valid driver's license.

Applications submitted will contain the following: 1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications. 2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education. 3. A list of references from at least two current or former supervisors and one professional reference. A minimum of three references is required.

_ 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.

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) 725-2183 or toll free (800) 562-0132 and select option 5. For questions about this recruitment, call (360)725 -2183. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service. _

Salary: $70,176.00 - $129,684.00 Annually

Location: Kitsap County – Retsil, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Job Number: 2020-04498

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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