Nurse Practitioner Certified in Wound Care
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Marion, IN

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WHO WE ARE...

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's Veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

MISSION & VISION

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

  • Abraham Lincoln
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) was formed in 1995 by the integration of the VA Medical Centers in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Marion, Indiana. The mission of VANIHCS is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner. The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services. The Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.

  • Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the selected candidate. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Full, Unrestricted State Registered Nurse Licensure
Pre-employment Physical examination
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
Background and/or Security Investigation

English Language Proficiency DUTIES:
The Wound Care Certified Nurse Practitioner demonstrates substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for facilitating, coordinating, and /or managing the Wound Care Program at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS).

VANIHCS provides services to Veterans at the Marion and Fort Wayne campuses; in addition to, the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Muncie, Peru, South Bend, and Goshen, Indiana. The Wound Care Certified Nurse Practitioner position is based out of the Marion campus; however, it is important to note this individual will be required to travel to each campus on occasion and provide applicable services to VANIHCS Veterans.

Demonstrates leadership through development and coordination of the Wound Care Program to improve quality of care and organizational process.

Performs sharp debridement on necrotic wound tissue.

Collects data regarding prevalence of pressure ulcers and wounds, tracks, trends, and reports findings to appropriate committees.

Demonstrates competency in providing wound/skin care and guidance for staff through expert knowledge on developmental theories, the normal, abnormal physiological and psychological changes related to the aging process.

Admits patients, writes orders, dispenses and administers medications and makes referrals as outlined in clinical privileges.

Promotes the accomplishment of mission and goals of the Wound/Skin Care Committee and Team through interactive problem solving.

Reviews and assesses patient's response to interdisciplinary treatment plans, interventions and discusses progress, outcomes with health care providers, Wound Care Team and makes recommendations.

Identifies patients at risk for pressure ulcer development utilizing risk assessment scales, to provide a holistic clinical picture to provide patient-specific wound care prevention measures.

Possess and demonstrates a broad-based clinical knowledge to enable the Nurse Practitioner to effectively implement health promotion and prevention interventions, assist Veterans in the attainment of their optimal levels of health and functioning, and provide supportive measures for Veterans and their significant others.

Provides expertise on wound, skin, continence care, and ostomy care formally and informally by actively participating in the development, design of educational activities to improve clinical staff knowledge, practice, and performance to ensure/improve patient outcomes.

This individual in this position must maintain ACLS currency.

Once appointed, If you meet all established criteria, you may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding. You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 60 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.

The work schedule for this position will typically be, Monday through Fridays from 7:45 am - 4:30 pm.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
1. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

2. Education: 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). MS in Nursing from an NLN accredited University based Nurse Practitioner program is required.

Applicants Please Note: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the US Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education Requirements: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

3. Registration: Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse and as a Nurse Practitioner 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.

4. Certification: Nationally Certified Wound Care Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority required.

5. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

1. Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

2. New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

3. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

4. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General sanctions database.

5. Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a probationary period.

6. This position is based out of the Marion, Indiana campus; however, travel between campuses may be required.

7. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

8. Physical Standards: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete , a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (Ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. BENEFITS:

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 http://www4.va.gov/Jobs/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement up to 90 days after closing.
  • This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.
  • If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews please review the following website on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi.

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