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Job Title:APN: SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult Renal/Nephrology Service

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-13-111-AW-EC804463

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

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$68,535.00 to $109,378.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 04, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 9/30/2013


1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 804463


  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

AMENDED:  This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to 9/30/13 or until filled.  Applications will be forwarded for consideration after 2/18/13 and thereafter as needed.


This position is Excepted Service, Temporary;  Not to exceed 9/30/2013 unless extended. Temporary appointments may be terminated at anytime during your employment.

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to   .  

NOTE:   Please submit all required documents.   Failure to submit required documents may result in loss of further consideration.

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.

Position Summary:

The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN is a clinical position in the Renal/Nephrology Section with administrative responsibility for planning SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult sessions and coordinating the development and implementation of local SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult conferences.   The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN is responsible for participating in the development and implementation of the quality, safety, efficiency, and satisfaction outcomes assessment.   In addition the APN is responsible for assuring the acquisition of continuing education credit for SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult participants.

SCAN-ECHO is training through the VISN (Veterans Integrated Service Network) on Live Meeting for Primary Care providers (PCPs) by Subspecialty Experts for treatment of their patients. Different formulas for making interactive case discussions between PCPs and our subspecialty group into SCAN-ECHO presentations are being utilized.  One involves a case study that the PCP presents via Tandberg connection or locally and then one or more of the Subspecialty group discuss the best way to treat this patient and diagnosis so that all VISN providers can learn about this condition.

E-Consults are requests entered into the electronic clinical record either for a rapid written or phone response to a focused question, a Tandberg-to-Tandberg interactive long distance visit or a traditional face-to-face appointment at our site. This patient care activity may lead to a SCAN-ECHO session between the referring PCP and one of more of our group.

The overall goal is to use advanced communication and imaging technology to facilitate interaction and education between our subspecialty group and VISN providers and to provide more accessible and convenient subspecialty care for our Veteran patients across a huge geographic area.  


  • 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.


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The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN is responsible for contributing to the ongoing development and evaluation of the national SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult program by data collection and feedback and contributing to refinement of policy and procedure, including standard operation procedures.  The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN is responsible for assisting the national program office in outreach as a conduit of communication between local health care teams and leadership.  The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN is expected to contribute to the national program effort by providing consultation to and replication of the program in newly developing sites.  The position promotes safe, effective patient-centered and timely specialty care to patients.

This position requires the ability to assist in forming and promoting relationships between primary care and subspecialty care, to collaborate with local, VISN and national leadership and to promote the vision of the SCAN/E-Consult program.

This position requires a mixture of direct patient care, program adminstration and coordination and leadership skill.

The SCAN-ECHO/E-Consult APN will also maintain a subspecialty practice in Renal/Nephrology diseases by participating in the full range of clinical activities of the Renal/Nephrology Section of the Denver VA Medical Center.  These activities include continuity outpatient clinics, tele-health clinics, scheduling and coordination of renal procedures and assisting in other patient care activities as determine by Chief, Renal/Nephrology Section.  This AP"N will closely with several subspecialty physicians each with complementary areas of expertise.

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4pm

Candidate must be willing to work weekends ,irregular work hours and extended hours .  The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. 


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(1)   Citizen or national of the United States

(2)   English Language Proficiency:   If you are appointed to a direct patient care position, you must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).

(3)   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)  Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

(5) Master's degree in nursing (Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner program in the specialty area) from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program required. 

(6) National certification as NP by the American Nurses Association, SNCC, AANP or ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) is required.

(7) Listed on Advanced Practice Registry authorizing use of NP designation.  

(8) Prescriptive Authority.

(9) Two – three years of relevant experience.

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.    

Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • 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. 


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

Desirable Factors:

  • At least three years experience directly related to renal & nephrology medicine or another area of subspecialty medicine, preferred
  • Additional internal medicine, primary care, surgical or family practice experience, preferred
  • Experience in analysis and education, preferred
  • Experience with computers and preparation of Powerpoint presentations, documents and spreadsheets, preferred

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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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:  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.

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

Conditions of Employment:

- Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

- All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.   Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

- Subject to suitability determination.

- Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.

- Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

- You may be required to serve a two-year initial probationary period


Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.  It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.


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


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.


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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 .



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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 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE 10-2850a MAY RESULT IN A NON-QUALIFICATION. 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 ( ) 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 ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  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: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: T804463.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013.



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.  Be sure to include experience worked as a RN and LPN.   It is also extremely important that you provide the following in your resume/application packet:  Evidence of Leadership Experience, Professional Recognition/Nursing Organizations, Performance Evaluations, Significant and Distinguished Contributions, Teaching Experience, Significant Nursing Focused Community Contributions.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  5. Copy of nursing license, BLS, ACLS, national certifications.


If you are selected for this position, the following other documents will be required:

Copy of college transcripts that list the GPA, degree earned, and date conferred.
Copy of last two performance evaluations.



Shelli C. Kriley
Phone: (303)399-8020x2047
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


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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