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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care Clinic)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-12-775592-MB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,132.00 to $107,479.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 25, 2012 to Thursday, November 08, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Murfreesboro, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 775592

 

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.

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.  

 

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

 

 

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING ON LINE!!

 

 

External applicants (not an employee of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System), to be considered for this job you must submit Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA form 10-2850a) and the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306).  If we do not receive these two forms, you will have an incomplete application and will not be considered.

 

****PLEASE NOTE: NEW FORM OF-306 EFFECTIVE 6/2012. YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE THIS FORM IN YOUR APPLICATION MANAGER. PLEASE SEE LINK IN THE INSTRUCTION ON FORMS REQUIRED.****

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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Duty Location: VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), Primary Care Service Line, Murfreesboro,  TN.

Tour of Duty: Based on needs of the service.  

The Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care Clinics) position is located in Primary Care Service and working in conjunction with attending MD collaboration, who in turn is under the direct supervision of the Chief Medical Office, Primary Care Service. The Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Clinics will provide medical care in an outpatient clinic setting. The Nurse Practitioner’s duties will include the following: Diagnostic evaluations, preventive and therapeutic services to the patients in primary care clinics and other ambulatory care areas as assigned. The NP must have computer knowledge to access and record I the patient’s electronic medical record. Educational responsibilities include teaching nurse practitioner students in the outpatient setting and providing leadership and management for the continual improvement of the internal medicine ambulatory care curriculum. The NP will also provide care for female veterans for primary and preventative services including routine health evaluations for women of all ages. The NP completely provides services within the scope of practice granted. The NP must demonstrate excellence in patient care, collegial relations and communication skills. Position may entail other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States

Licensure:  Condition of employment.  Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Professional  (RN) Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), if the United States or the District of Columbia.  A nurse who has, or has ever had, any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee. In addition, a nurse practitioner must be licensed as a nurse practitioner, 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.

Note:  The NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification to continue employment with VA. A certificate of fitness for prescribing medications is required.

Education: Graduate of a school of professional nursing (RN) 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 applicantThe National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

 

Graduate of a school professional nursing approved by the appropriate state accrediting agency and/or the National League of Nursing at the time the program was completed.  In addition, a Nurse Practitioner must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing in a Nurse Practitioner Program with Masters Degree in Nursing (NLNAC or CCNE accredited) with current certification from the American Nurses Credentiling Center (ANCC) or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

***All applicants must ensure the nursing program for the school where the Nursing Degree was received, is accredited and listed on one of these two sites to meet the requirements of the education qualifications.  

 

 IF your nursing program is not listed on one of the websites below, and the program was accredited at the time of graduation, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies, or from the Director of the Nursing program from your school, as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE. Your college transcripts are not proof of this accreditation.***

                 

1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.  The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.  Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; (http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm) or

 

2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930.  Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs)

 

 

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/ or http://www.aanpcertification.org/ptistore/control/index

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). 

Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites:  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html or  http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

 All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly

Physical Standards/Requirements:  See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, and Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.  Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.  

Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).


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.   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.   

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience. 
  • If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required. 

 

 

Additional Qualifications:

        Recent VA experience is preferred.

      Certification as a Nurse Practitioner is required

       Nurse Practitioner and RN license is required

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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

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 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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION BEFORE PROCEEDING.

 

Current Tennessee Valley Healthcare System employees:  To apply you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit a current resume, (this is all that is required), Please make sure your resume shows your current position, and include the duties that you perform, (also list all of your nursing work history) before the closing date of this announcement. You may also submit any other documentation of education/awards/training/etc. that would enhance your qualifications for this position. See instructions below to apply online.

 

 

External Applicants to Tennessee Valley Healthcare System: Follow the Apply Online instructions below and refer to the Required Documents section of this announcement for all documentation needed for a complete application package. See instructions below to apply online.

 

 

To apply on-line:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a and Form OF-306 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY

 

You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager Account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload after completing the questionnaire on-line and wish to fax your supporting documents:

1.  Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following vacancy ID       775592   

2.  Fax your documents to 1-(478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 08, 2012

 

If you CANNOT apply online and want to fax  your complete application and answers

1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf  

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents:

     use fax number: 1-(478)757-3144. 

 Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Thursday, November 08, 2012



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    CV or Resume.
    1. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at 

      http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/forms/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf

      (required).
    2. Optional Form 306 - NOTICE: New form effective June 2012. You must submit the updated OF-306, revised Oct. 2011. Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
    3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

      http://www.opm.gov/forms

    4. If currently employed in the VA system (external to TVHS), include latest SF-50 (that indicates your grade and step)- Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Margaret Blunt
Phone: (615)225-3728
Email: MARGARET.BLUNT2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN
37129

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-626-12-775592-MB

Control Number:

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