Nurse Practitioner
Department of Veterans Affairs - Rock Springs, WY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 567916

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Sheridan VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner for the Rock Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. This announcement will be open until a qualified applicant has been selected. Applications will be referred to the selecting official a weekly basis.

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Tour of Duty: Administrative Tour (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with one extended hours clinic per week. Scheduled hours will not exceed 40 hours per week). It is possible that clinic hours may be extended to weekend offerings in the future.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive may be available for a highly qualified candidate.

Salary is set by the Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and years/type of experience.

This position is part of the Bargaining Unit.


U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

The Scope of Practice of Registered Nurses in all areas of practice and at all levels is defined by the nine dimensions outlined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 and is specified for the APN as follows: Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches in the management of complex patient care.

VHA Directive 2001-082 provides guidance for the establishment of medication-prescribing authority for APN’s. VHA policy is based on the individual’s State licensure, registration or certification and scope of practice statements must identify the individual practitioner’s prescriptive authority.

The APN must maintain successful collaborative relationships (plan) with team members who include other primary care providers, social workers and other health care providers in accordance with the State Board of Nursing. This plan is available at the work site.

The primary patient care area is the Community Bases Outpatient Clinic, located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The APN’s practice is based on skill, experience, and education and has a direct impact on patient outcomes for the assigned area and the facility as a whole.

Performance criteria for APN's for the area of clinical practice is based upon the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of care and Standards of Professional Performance and other national professional organizations.

Administrative Responsibilities

Other Key Responsibility Areas: Customer/Patient Dedication; Communication Skills; Team Work/Collaboration; Change Agent/Motivator and Self-Leadership.

The APN possesses the knowledge and skills necessary in the following areas:

Clinical Practice/Patient Care: Delivers holistic and comprehensive patient focused services as the primary care provider, utilizing the nursing process which includes: Assessment; Diagnosis; Planning; Implementation and Evaluation and modification based upon the response to the plan of care. Serves as primary care provider, prescribing and monitoring the implementation of pharmacological and other methods of management for health promotion. Orders and interprets laboratory tests. Initiates requests for consultation services with other services within VA as well as non-VA

Serves as mentor/consultant for nurses, and other health care professionals. Identifies and collaborates in the resolution of system issues which hamper the provision of quality patient care. Participates in medical center and nursing committees, or task forces that contribute to the improvement and or provision of healthcare services.

Research/Outcomes Management/Quality Improvement/ Human Rights/Community Development:

Develops outcome measures to monitor the quality/outcomes of services. Incorporates research, analyzes data collected to improve processes. Conducts and utilizes research that contributes to the improvement of patient outcomes. Participates in the development of health care policy locally and within the VA system. Identifies ethical issues and seeks ethical resolutions and advocates for patients and families and assists in obtaining access to care.

Prepares publications/presentations derived from practice, education or research that contributes to the advancement of healthcare.

Develops, teaches or secures educational materials for population served. Develops and presents informational/educational presentations for peers, communities and other agencies.

Serves as educator, preceptor or mentor for peers and/or students at the work site. Teaches basic, graduate or continuing education programs to health care professionals or the community.

Other Key Responsibility Areas: Customer/Patient Dedication; Communication Skills; Team Work/Collaboration; Change Agent/Motivator and Self-Leadership.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered to a highly qualified individual.

Citizen of the United States.
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).
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 . 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.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

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. Education/Experience Requirements:

A Master's Degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE is a minimum requirement for this Nurse Practitioner position.

Certification, as a Nurse Practitioner, from the American Nurses Assoication or another nationally recognized certifying body is a requirement for this position.


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

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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 .

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

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