Assistant Chief-Home Health Care Service, Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 827080

Salary: To be determined by a Nurse Professional Standards Board.

Tour of Duty : 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Please print and carefully read the entire announcement. Follow the instructions under the “ How to Apply ” section of the announcement, and upload ALL REQUIRED documents, to be considered for this position.


U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment physical examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

The Program Director/Assistant Chief, Home Health Care Service (HHCS) Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is responsible for assessment, planning, coordinated provision, and evaluation of integrated interdisciplinary program services to patients receiving care from Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), Medical Foster Home (MFH), Community Health (CH), Homemaker/Home Health Aide (H/HHA) and Home Oxygen programs at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). This APN is also responsible for direction and organizing program specific orientation, training and development of staff and for directing, supervision, and evaluating their performance. This APN functions as a role model, educator, practitioner, and manager and provides leadership to the interdisciplinary team. The APN has additional responsibility for assuring compliance with VA and accrediting body standards, and may have responsibility as a budget control point official. Key responsibilities include:

1. Supervision and evaluation of administrative staff and professional staff including social workers, dietitians, rehabilitation therapist, pharmacists, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, licensed practical nurses, and psychologists, in collaboration with Chief of Service in matters related to their professional practice.

2. Collaboration with other managers/administrators as the local, VISN, and national level to initiate improvement in care delivery and to identify and resolve problems impacting client care and/or program operations.

The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program Director/Assistant Chief, HHCS is accountable to the HBPC Medical Director/Chief, HHCS.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

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.

Current prescriptive authority in the State of Arkansas

Certification as an Adult, Family or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Current certification in BLS

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

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.


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

  • Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over
  • Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over
  • Straight pulling (1-2 hrs)
  • Pushing (1-2 hrs)
  • Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs)
  • Walking (2-4 hrs)
  • Standing (2-6 hrs)
  • Kneeling
  • Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)
  • Use of fingers
  • Use of both hands
  • Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
  • Near vision correctable
  • Far vision correctable
  • Depth perception
  • Hearing (aide permitted)
  • Work closely with other, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work
MSN is required

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé and submit a DD Form 214, which is required. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

Current prescriptive authority in the State of Arkansas is required

Certification as an Adult, Family or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is required

Four (4) years of exemplary clinical Advanced Practice nursing experience and progressive leadership experience related to the program's scope of service is required.

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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance-based interview process, see .

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

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