Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: May 4, 2020
Applicants must be able to start immediately. Applicants will be
referred as vacancies occur. The first list of eligible applicants
will be referred when the first vacancy occurs. Referrals will
continue as additional vacancies are approved. All applicants may
receive consideration for 6 months from the date of application. If
you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement
is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to
indicate your continued interest.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For
further information, visit:
Primary Care for a group of patients ranging in age from through
geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis, physical
psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs.
Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to
patient care, organizational process and/or systems, improving
outcomes at the service level.
- Uses the nursing process with special expertise in Primary Care
to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care for an
assigned group of patients with the goal of improving overall
outcomes for these patients.
- Performs initial histories and physical examinations on
outpatients and inpatients.
- Provide ongoing assessment and reassessment of patients with
acute episodes and chronic illnesses, incorporating age-specific
criteria in the plan of care.
- Orders laboratory tests, x-rays, EKG's and comparable
diagnostic procedures, i.e., CT scan, IVP's, MRI's and Bone
- Supports performance measure by carrying out preventive health
measures and following clinical guidelines for chronic disease
- Initiates and expedited Urology and Surgical (SPECIALTY
Services) consults as needed, utilizing approved criteria as
specified by the service, including remote and non-VA
- Schedules special tests and studies as indicated.
- Makes appropriate progress notes in CPRS, updates problem
lists, and utilizes order entry for all medications.
- Provides education and counseling to patients, their families
and/or significant others.
- Admits patients according to admission criteria, monitors
progress and assumes care after discharge.
- Prescribes medication, according to federal and state
- The NP may not prescribe IV chemotherapy agents.
- Collects body fluid specimens as needed.
- Performs IM injections.
- Sutures minor lacerations and removes sutures.
- Initiates appropriate emergency care for patients in life
Work Schedule: Various Schedules
Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse/000000
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized
PCS Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. OR 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) OR In cases
of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession
of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet
the requirement for graduation from an approved school of
- Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse
practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto
Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
- Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the
NLNAC or CCNE
- Maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner
from the American Nurses Association or another nationally
recognized certifying body. The certification must be in the
specialty to which the individual is being appointed or
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in
determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate,
the level within a grade:
- Nurse II - Master's degree in nursing or related field with a
BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR
a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for
appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no
additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with
BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR
a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing
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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity
(including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear
distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This
position requires potentially long periods of continued walking
(2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending,
pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (> 50
pounds), carrying (> 50 pounds). Transferring patients and
objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided.
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated
materials and may be required to don protective clothing in
isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home
settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are
combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric
disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination
simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible
individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations,
able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete
annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or
testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely
with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must
be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee
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