Nurse Practitioner

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Salem, Virginia
Posted
Sep 12, 2020
Closes
Sep 19, 2020
Function
Nurse
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position maybe filled with a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner. The PA/NP will be assigned to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Salem, Virginia, Medical Department in support of COVID-19 operations and is a temporarily appointed (not-to-exceed 1 year) full-time schedule.
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Responsibilities

Primary duties of the incumbent include provision of inpatient clinical care for Medical Service patients in the Medical ICU (MICU), Step Down Unit (SDU), and occasional Medical Service patients lodged in the Surgical ICU (SICU) or held in the Emergency Department. May assist with MICU rounds conducted by the Pulmonary/Critical Care and/or Cardiology staff. Incumbent will be responsible for completing History and Physical (H&P) for patients in assigned areas, and facilitating the admission and/or discharge process for those patients admitted during their tour of duty. While the incumbent will directly report to a dedicated MICU/SDU Hospitalist Physician, there will be additional consultative support available from Cardiology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, and Infectious Disease, as well as Surgical, Mental Health, and Interventional Radiology. Further descriptions of tasks to be performed include the following described below:

* Incumbent will act as a liaison between the in-patient Ward Physicians, Community Living Center Physicians, Primary Care Physicians, MICU/SDU Physicians, and any other involved providers to provide continuity of care during the patient's stay, to assistance with and facilitation of the transfer and/or discharge process for the veteran (including inter-ward communication, making f/u clinic appointments, as well as prescribing discharge medications and prosthetic items), as applicable.
* Incumbent will round on all SDU patients and select ICU patients daily on weekdays, with additional rounds expected on weekend or holiday shifts. Round times will be determined by the Section Chief, MICU/SDU, or the Chief, Medical Service and may include duties solely during the nocturnal hours.
* Incumbent will assist Salem VAMC ICU Physicians in performing complete evaluations on VA patients in the in-patient setting, including ordering and interpreting appropriate lab, x-ray, and special studies.
* Incumbent will perform complete History & Physicals on medical patients, identifying and alerting the ICU Physicians to any conditions that present. Evaluates, provide care, and order labs, special studies, IVs, diet, and any required therapeutic interventions, as appropriate.
* Evaluates and provides appropriate intervention (in conjunction with supervising Physician and consulting Physicians) for ER and nursing home patients consulted for ICU care.
* Working closely with their supervising Physicians and the Emergency Department (ED) Physicians, the incumbent will assist in making the decision to admit, treat, or discharge patients from the ED.
* Incumbent is responsible for evaluating, screening, and counseling patients on health maintenance, and for promoting appropriate utilization of community resources. Designs, conduct, and/or participate in research studies, manage databases, and perform quality assurance, as applicable.

The incumbent is required to possess and demonstrate both competence and appropriate appreciation of core Internal Medicine procedures, as defined in the Salem VA Medical Center Bylaws and credentialing package. Participation by the incumbent in all activations of the Code Blue/Rapid Response Team in the areas of the MICU and SDU is mandatory. Incumbent must demonstrate ability to master the various software programs used by the facility. Proficiency in typing/keyboarding is essential

This is a temporary appointment not to exceed 1 year

Work Schedule: 8AM-4:30PM
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/01/2020.
Basic Requirements:
  • 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 professional nursing.
  • 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, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a 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 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.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

Education

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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate'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. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an 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.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • VA Form 10-2850 Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850 Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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