Shape the delivery of care to Veterans: Choose a nursing leadership career as a VA Associate Director of Patient Care Services

VA Associate Directors of Patient Care Services are nurse executives and key members of the senior executive leadership team


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Lead, mentor and make even more of a difference in your career by becoming a Nurse Executive at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA is on the lookout for candidates to fill open Associate Directors of Patient Care Services (ADPCS) positions at sites around the country.

These top executives in VA nursing advance the quality of care for more than 9 million Veterans enrolled in VA. They apply their clinical skills to shape and develop the care practices of all the VA nurses who care for Veterans.

“Nurse Executives are standardizing nursing practices and driving results in the delivery of nursing services to Veterans,” said Donna Collins, National Associate Director of Nurse Recruitment and Retention at VA’s National Healthcare Recruitment Service. “We are seeking applicants ready to make policy decisions and resolve the most complex and sensitive operational issues involving Veterans’ care at VA.”

Choose VA to be a voice for nurses

ADPCS at the more than 170 VA medical centers and outpatient centers around the country are a key part of the executive leadership team and report directly to the VA Medical Center Director. Their duties include strategic planning, organizational assessments and program development. They establish standards of nursing practice and ensure the continuous and timely availability of quality nursing services.

“ADPCS lead all nurses at the VA facility and outpatient clinics, including registered nurses, advanced practice nurses and allied health staff,” Collins said. “They raise the quality of nursing care across the organization, improve the Veteran-centric team-care approach and, ultimately, help millions of Veterans get better, faster.”

Choose VA to promote excellence in Veterans’ nursing care

VA is looking for ADPCS prepared to handle the following additional duties, which require travel:

  • Oversee all community-based outpatient clinics, sterile processing services, chaplain service, nutrition and food services, and home-based primary care.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson for organized nursing services.
  • Promote integration and collaboration of nursing with other professional disciplines and functional areas to achieve patient-centered and organizational goals.

In this role, ADPCS receive competitive pay and a wide array of benefits, including medical and dental insurance and generous leave policies. Like all employees, Nurse Executives can participate in the federal retirement system. Here are other benefits of a VA career:

  • Work anywhere with one active license.
  • Get market, performance and incentive pay based on education and length of practice.
  • Receive rewards for performance, accelerated raises, step increases and honors for outstanding performance.
  • For certain positions, receive recruitment bonuses, relocation reimbursements and retention allowances of up to 25 percent of the basic pay rate.

“We look forward to reviewing applications from high-quality nurse leaders, who help VA provide Veterans with the excellent healthcare they need and deserve,” said Collins.

Choose VA today

Promote the highest standard of nursing care to our nation’s Veterans: Choose a career as an ADPCS.

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