Nurse Practitioner - Compensation and Pension
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Dayton, OH

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790483

Tour of Duty: 8:00am - 4:30pm Extended hours may be required including some evenings and Saturdays.

NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) 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.

This position can be filled by either a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or a Physician Assistant (PA). This announcement details the requirements for the NP. To locate the requirements for the Physician Assistant position please refer to VHA-552-12-784886.

Dayton Va Medical Center reserves the right to make a selection at any time during the open and close date of this announcement. Applications received by 11/30/2012 will get first consideration.

Our mission: 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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Copy of Full unrestricted Licensure/Certification/Registration required

Prescriptive Authority is Required.

*** Required Documents: Resume, Application and Copy of Certification******

DUTIES:
A vacancy exist for Nurse Practitioners for Primary Care Service in Compensation and Pension. The incumbent will be assigned to the main campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center. Some travel to other Primary Care clinic sites of Richmond, Indiana or Middletown, Springfield and Lima, Ohio may be required.

POSITION SUMMARY: Working in a clinic setting (i.e., C&P Clinic, the Integrated Disability Examination System [IDES]), the C&P NP utilizes critical thinking in the application of advanced clinical health care knowledge and skills in conducting comprehensive physical examinations of Veterans and separating/retiring military service members and the rendering of a medical opinion(s). Environmental registry examinations (i.e. Gulf War, Agent Orange) are also done as needed. The NP consults with peers and specialists and orders additional tests and procedures as needed, to ensure a thorough evaluation is completed enabling the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) to determine a timely disability rating(s) on each Veteran/service member evaluated. Vesting examinations (level 3 physical) may also be required on those Veterans who will be reliant on the VA for routine or complex health care services. The C&P NP utilizes current deployed C&P software and templates to document with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail the findings in support of VBA documentation requirements as well as in the Computerized Patient Record System. The NP provides appropriate follow-up of any abnormal findings.

Prescriptive Authority is Mandatory.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements

(1) Citizenship . Citizen of the United States.

(2) Graduation from School of Nursing

(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following

accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or

2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

(b) 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.

(c) 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.

(3) Registration

Condition of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.

(4) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS. [insert statement about physical requirements here] Reference: VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

(5) English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Four Dimensions of Nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration, Scientific Inquiry

Education/Experience Requirements:
Nurse I/I

Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing

Nurse I/II

Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing (1 year experience)

or

Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelors Degree in a related field (if you have an associates of Diploma in Nursing you must have a Bachelors in a related field.

or

Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN)

Nurse I/III

Associate Degree in Nursing (2-3 years)

or

Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelors Degree in a related field(1-2 years experience)

or

BSN (1-2 years experience)

or

Master's Degree in nursing or related field with BSN or Bachelors degree in related field. (If MSN obtained in Bridge Program, no BSN required

Nurse II

Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field (1-2 years of experience) [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.]

or

Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements and doctoral degree in related field.

Nurse III

Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field. (2-3 years of experience) [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.]

or

Doctoral degree in nursing or related field (2-3 years of experience)

(a) Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and 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 selected.]

(b) Clinical Nurse Specialists. A clinical nurse specialist must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE [and maintain full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist 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 selected.]

Additional Requirements:
  • Must have MSN with NP certification from an NLNAC/CCNE accredited school
  • Prescriptive Authority is required
  • Three years successful nursing experience required
Preferred Qualifications:
a. Minimum of six years of successful nursing experience preferred

b. Three years successful experience as a Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care or Clinic experience highly preferred

c. Proficiency in organizing/achieving a wide range of duties and responsibilities

d. Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of an interdisciplinary team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care

e. Working knowledge of computerized medical records and various computer application programs

f. Demonstrated knowledge of effective customer service techniques in order to work and deal with individuals with varied backgrounds and levels of understanding.

g. Demonstrated ability in recognizing and responding appropriately to emergency situations (CPR and resuscitative methods)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 U.S. 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. *** 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. ***

(2) Graduation from School of Nursing

(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following

accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or

2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

(b) 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.

(c) 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.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR SCHOOL QUALIFIES WITH THESE TWO ACCREDIATION BODIES PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY; AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FROM THE CERTIFYING BODIES NOTING YEAR, PROGRAM, AND NAME OF CONTACT.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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, 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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp and/or http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...