VA Eastern Kansas HCS is recruiting a Nurse Practitioner NP or Physician Assistant PA to serve as a provider in the Gastroenterology (GI) clinic at the Topeka division of VA Eastern Kansas HCS.The NP/PA executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care.Learn more about this agency
The NP/PA may function in a variety of roles including patient advocate, consultant, leader, educator, administrator, researcher, and/or clinical care expert. Works effectively with all levels of staff, to include collaborative efforts with other health professionals.
Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Initiates appropriate immediate follow through care to coordinating Surgery/Radiology/Oncology and Fee- basis referrals of positive or suspicious findings
· Obtains relevant health and medical history
· Performs physical examination based on age and history
· Performs or orders preventive / diagnostic procedures based on client's age and history
· Identifies health and medical risk factors
· Triages gastroenterology patients under supervision of facility GI physicians
· Responsible for ordering all GI preps for pending scheduled procedures with a thorough review of current labs, medical history and present condition to ensure the safety of all GI patients
· Initiates pre-op orders and history and physicals for scheduled procedures
· Maintains +FOBT tracking system
· Provides individualized care appropriate to meet patients' identified needs
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday day shift. Shifts may need adjustments based on the needs of the service.
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Functional Statement: - Physician Assistant - 00000 or Nurse Practitioner 000000
Conditions Of Employment
- United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements at the time of application, 01/14/2020.
- 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: Candidates appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Basic Requirements:
Education: Graduate of a Master's Degree School of Nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
License and Registration: A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, Territory, Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. License must be current, full, active and unrestricted.
Certification: Nurse Practitioners must maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be a Psychiatric certification.
Physician Assistant Basic Requirements:
Education: Applicants must be a graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Certification: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. Note: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.Preferred Experience: ACLS/BLS and out of OR airway certification preferred. Nurse Practitioner's applying require a certification in the specialty applying for.
Nurse Practitioner Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
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.
Physician Assistant Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements in paragraph 2 of this standard.
(2) Clinical Competencies
(a) Clinical Proficiency
1. Provides effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate.
2. Works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate.
3. References quality improvement information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe, efficient and cost-effective care.
4. Initiates effective actions in emergencies.
(b) Professional Development
1. Obtains additional knowledge and skills appropriate to the practice setting to improve performance.2. Provides patient education in an effective manner.
(c) Ethics. Safeguards patient privacy and confidentiality. Provides care in a nonjudgmental, non-discriminatory manner respecting the patient's values and beliefs.
(d) Interpersonal Skills. Works effectively with patients, families, caregivers, and other professional and support personnel.
1. Demonstrates awareness of research application to practice.
2. Researches medical literature and applies evidenced-based medicine to improve clinical practice.
b. Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
(2) Clinical Competencies
(a) Clinical Proficiency
clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade.
2. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade.
3. Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.
4. Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care.
(b) Professional Development
1. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice.
2. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
3. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.
4. Serves as a clinical preceptor to healthcare students.
5. Serves on service level committees or subcommittees when assigned.
1. Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions.
2. Supports and enhances patient self-determination.
1. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
2. Uses a body of research to validate or change group practice.Scope of Practice: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Inpatient - or Physician Assistant
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard and VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Physical Requirements: ModerateLifting (35 pounds and over); Moderate Carrying (35 pounds and over); Straight pulling and/or Pushing (up to 6-8 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (up to 6-8 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Sitting (up to 1 hour); Kneeling; Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Both legs required. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to hear whispered voice. Emotional stability. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized 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 refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850a for Nurse Practitiners and 10-2850c for Physician Assistants can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Service Award
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/14/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10396391.
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Agency contact information
AddressVA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
2200 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66622
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First Area of Consideration (AOC) will be given to AFGE Bargaining Unit employees at Topeka VAMC. Second AOC will be given to EKHCS permanent employees. Third AOC will be given to the public (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals).
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