The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions as the Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC) Coordinator for VA Northern California Health Care System HPC Program and works in conjunction with other members of the HPC team. This Program is designed to provide palliative care consultation to patients and their families, in the outpatient clinic setting and as needed in the inpatient setting, who are facing a life-threatening illness.Learn more about this agency
Performs assessment/data collection in an on-going systematic manner focusing on physiologic, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and cognitive status: also evaluates nutrition, pain, and symptoms, provides patient/family education, ensures family involvement and patient advocacy.
The Hospice and Palliative Care Coordinator is a pivotal member of the Palliative Care Consult Team (PCCT) and has the major responsibilities of:
1) Development of the palliative care program through program coordination, staff education, and acting as liaison with the PACT and subspecialty teams at the various sites and community agencies, in conjunction with other Palliative Care Coordinator(s) and team members.
2) Serve as liaison with VISN Hospice and Palliative Care Program Manager, and keeps the field informed of VISN and VHA National HPC Program developments;
3) Serve as consultant to the HPC programs for development, implementation and monitoring of Quality Improvement activities as appropriate;
4) Evaluation for appropriateness and oversight of Non -VA Care (community) hospice referrals;
5) Completes Palliative Care consults, and accurately documents coordination and care provided in CPRS.
6) Establish an effective relationship with the patient and significant others to facilitate the development of the care plan.
7) Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of actual or potential illness on the patient's developmental, physical, social, emotional, age, spiritual, economic, vocational, and leisure status.
8) Coordinate and collaborate with patients, families, communities, and members of the interdisciplinary team in assessing needs, setting goals, planning interventions, providing care, and evaluating outcomes.
9) Participate with patients, families, and other health care providers in collaborative decision making that reflects the understanding that care should be culturally sensitive, ethical, legal, informed, compassionate and humane, and within the boundaries of available economic resources.
10) Retains current knowledge of multidisciplinary resources, programs, and services, referring patients for community resources as appropriate. Demonstrates ability to collaborate and coordinate with all levels of services and disciplines.
11) Maintains effective working relationships with professionals and support personnel within the medical center and the community.
12) Applies critical thinking and analytical skills to identify barriers for optimal patient care delivery and utilizes processes improvement strategies to correct or improve current state.
13) Utilizes creativity and innovation. Recommends and participates in interdisciplinary opportunities to improve patient care or clinical efficiency.
14) Life Sustaining Treatment Initiative: Identifying, coordinating and referring appropriate patients for Goals of Care conversations to PACT/Specialty clinics. Completes LST orders as needed. Coordinate with Social Workers within the various Service lines to ensure that LST orders are completed for all patients enrolling into hospice.
15) Attend and Participate in Sacramento Valley Community Veteran Partnership meetings.
16) Obtain data, generate reports, attend meetings to obtain and present information as it pertains to the Hospice and Palliative Care Team.
17) Educate patients/family, staff and community about Hospice and Palliative Care.
18) Works collaboratively and inter-professionally with learners of all levels and disciplines, including but not limited to, trainees, students, interns, residents, and fellows.
The Nurse Practitioner must exhibit professional and effective communication skills with other HPC as well as non HPC professionals. The Nurse Practitioner, furthermore, provides integrated palliative care through application of advanced clinical knowledge and experience in delivering safe, effective quality care to palliative care patients. This individual use consultation and communication skills in working with clinical services to achieve patient goals of care. This individual is responsible for other duties as assigned in support of coverage for other Geriatrics and Extended Care Programs.Work Schedule: Mon-Friday 0800-1630
75% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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.
- Master's degree from an accredited school of nursing recognized by the VA (commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- Meet the requirements for VA Prescriptive Authority.
- A current National certification in any of the following: Adult NP or Family NP or Gero.
- Recent experience in Palliative Care to include experience in initiating and participating in end of life discussions with patients and families, facilitating family conferences and goals of care discussions.
- Recent experience in case management.
- National Certification in specialty are: Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) or obtained within 1 year from date of hire (required).
- Two (2) years of increasingly complex clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner and working with medically complex elders; have evidence of leadership, motivation, and self-direction; have a comprehensive understanding of the assessment and evaluation requirements; utilize databases to acquire clinical information, and work effectively with an interdisciplinary team.
- Ability to exercise critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills in a high stress environment.
- Current proficiency in Basic Life Support BLS through the American Heart Association (Required prior to assuming clinical duties and must remain current -VHA Directive 11-77).
- 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.
Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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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NOTE: Candidate'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 an 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.
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.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- VA Form 10-2850a RN application
- Professional Certification
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
Application must be within the past year. Otherwise you will be made ineligible.
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
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- VA Form 10-2850a RN application
- Professional Certification
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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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 06/22/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10873870.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
AddressVA Northern California Health Care System
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655
VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to Veterans in Northern California.
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