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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner - Transitional Care Services

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-859051-ETP

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$91,557.00 to $132,721.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 859051 (please include on all documents)






The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking to hire two highly skilled and experienced Registered Nurses to serve as Nurse Practitioners for the  Transitional Care Units (TCU).   This position reports directly to the Lead Nurse Practitioner of Geriatrics and Rehabilitative Care (GRC) Services  with daily clinical supervision by the collaborating physician/hospitalist.  The NP will work in the TCU practice setting and may be called upon to work as an NP within GRC depending on the needs of the service.


Monday - Friday (Day Shift)



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


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    1. Provides primary care, direct care and procedures for patients according to policy and protocol.


     2.    Evaluates the veteran’s health, family and psychosocial history to identify health care needs and documents      in medical record.

      3.    Evaluates all new patients and any who have a significant change in clinical status.


  1. 4.    Performs physical examinations using techniques of inspection, preparation, precision and auscultation.


    5.    Orders and interprets diagnostic tests.


    6.    Maintains a caseload of veterans through case management: including assessment and referral.


    7.    Participates in daily management rounds.


    8.    Participates in weekly meetings, or more often if clinically warranted, with the interdisciplinary team to establish a medical plan of care and an estimated length of stay.


    9.    Participates in discharge planning, ensures timely discharge of patient and complete discharge summary.


    10.  Assures appropriate screening of referrals and timely movement of selected patients to the TCU.


    11.  Provides health education to veterans and community partners.


    12.  Assists with the design and implementation of delivery systems/ programs to facilitate the care of high risk veterans.


    13.  Collaborates with team members to provide clinical care and implement a treatment plan for inpatient and discharge care plans.


    14.  Prescribes medications in accordance with scope of practice.


    15.  Participates in staff/community education.


    16.  Participates in patient and staff education, medical and/or nursing research and quality improvement.


    17. Accepts that there will be interdisciplinary cross coverage with staff NPs in GRC








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  1. Citizen of the United States.
  2. 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration.  Documentation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) will be required to verify foreign education, along with transcripts.
  5. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  6. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or Military Training Network
  7. Basic computer literacy proficiency with in-depth experience with the use of the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and/or graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA.
  8. Masters in Nursing (MSN).
  9. Current Furnishing License
  10. Current DEA Certificate for controlled substances schedules II-V
  11. National Certification as a Adult Nurse Practitioner
  12. Minimum of three (3) years of clinical nursing practice; acute care experience preferred.
  13. Previous NP experience required; Geriatric or gero-psychiatry experience preferred.  
  14. Demonstrated evidence of self-direction and strong organizational skills.
  15. Demonstrated evidence of excellent interpersonal skills.
  16. Demonstrated evidence of effectively educating patients and patient families. 
  17. Computer Literacy proficiency with in-dept experience with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA.  


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


Physical Requiements:

This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, kneeling, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The candidate may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The candidate may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The candidate will be working closely with others and may have protracted or irregular hours of work.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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 Compensable Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 


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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


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis and requires a two year probationary period. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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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.   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.




VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Employees ONLY:

  1. Memo to be uploaded - Include your (1) Full Name, (2) Current Department, (3) Contact Number, (4) Signature and (5) VIN 859051 (required)
  2. Resume to be uploaded - with references (required)
  3. Answer the online Questionnaire (required) 


All other applicants must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required)
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at or (required)
    1.  If you need additional space to describe your nursing professional experience, please also include the Nurse Application Addendum with your documents (Available at
    2.  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
    3.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
    4. Please list all nursing experience, including LVN/LPN (if applicable).
    5. If you have mixed work experience at an employer (e.g. LVN and RN) the time worked must be listed as separate entries according to the position held.
    6. If working part-time, the number of hours on average per week must be listed.
    7. All licenses ever held must be listed including other fields (e.g. RT, EMT, LVN, CNA, etc.)
  3. Transcripts [all levels of nursing education (ie. LVN/LPN), if applicable]. This is a required form and must be submitted.
  4. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (required)



If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: Online 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 VIN 859051.  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 Friday, April 05, 2013. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Any materials you send will not be returned. Mailed/Emailed applications will not be accepted.


Nursing Recruitment
Phone: (310)268-4642
Agency Information:
Nursing Service
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Building 500 Room 6215 Mail Code 118HR
Los Angeles, CA


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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