The Nurse Practitioner is an Advanced Practice Generalist who performs VA disability evaluations including history and physical examinations, and evaluates appropriate diagnostic studies. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: Compensation & Pension experience preferred 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: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), Use of fingers, Both hands required, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and emotional stability ["Duties include but are not limited to the following: Generates C&P examination reports that meet Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA) indicators as well as facility C&P Service quality & timeliness indicators and are adequate for rating purposes. Provides evaluation of the Veteran/Service Member in a safe & respectable manner, adhering to VA policies and procedures. Performs history and physical examinations, and acts within the guidelines as well as performance indicators set forth by DMA, VA Central Office (VACO), Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) and/or the facility C&P Service. Reviews all medical records inclusive of service treatment records, current medical treatment records, available private medical records, as well as VBMS records in the evaluation of Veterans' disability and pension claims. Responsible for generating C&P exam reports utilizing Disability Benefits Questionnaire templates. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings and documentation. Serves as a trainer for new-hire examiners as tasked by the Director C&P Service. Demonstrates the ability to work and communicate effectively with others. Performs additional duties which may include administrative, and/or managerial tasks as assigned by the Director C&P Service. Works collaboratively with the Director C&P Service in the continuous process improvements of relevant programs and service operations to foster better internal and external customer services. Engages in internal quality review procedures using clinical knowledge as well as facility C&P Service and DMA quality indicator guidelines. Participates fully in educational development through C&P staff meetings and educational presentations. Consults with and data shares with colleagues on C&P topics and literature findings. Maintains CME certification and all professional training requirements to include, but not limited to, TMS and DMA, including required BLS. Participates and attends medical center committees/meetings as assigned by the Director of C&P Service. All other duties as assigned based on the facility and service line needs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nPay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases.\nPaid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year.\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.