Duties: Serve as provider for patients who require care within the assigned clinic structure within the Department. He/She is responsible for the management of patients to include examination, medical care management, coordination of consultation, referral of patients, development and operation of quality assurance and utilization programs including peer reviews. Coordinates health care needs according to guidelines established by the Department of Veterans Affairs and sound medical practice. Measurement of clinical performance is based upon quality reviews, completion of clinical reminders in CPRS, participation in medical center committees, and other methods. An active knowledge of the patient care processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Healthcare System and its clinics is maintained. An essential element is active knowledge of the medical records system (CPRS). This shall include using the computerized medical record system for progress notes, orders, and medical record review and completion of such records in a complete and timely manner. He/She shall have knowledge of and abide by Healthcare System Bylaws, VHA Rules and Regulations and have a familiarization with existing VA specific clinical guidelines.
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner will obtain applicable history information and perform routine age specific screening examinations. The ARNP will plan therapeutic regimens for patients who require treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and provide follow-up as appropriate. The successful candidate will collaborate with the supervising physician as needed concerning patients who are refractory to current treatment. The Nurse Practitioner will offer education and counseling to patients and families concerning the results and meaning of examinations and tests, for screening, maintenance, restorative, and preventive medical strategies, particularly in regard to elders' health issues. He/She will work in collaboration with other members of the health care team to formulate the plan of care that addresses the patients diagnosis, physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs to improve the quality of care delivered to the Veteran. The ARNP must be highly motivated and reliable, self directed and experienced in adult and family practice as well as pharmacological management.
The successful candidate will perform general physical examinations and multidimensional assessments on eligible patients in order to assess their health status, diagnose existing health problems and implement maintenance, restorative, and preventive medical measures.
He/She will need superior critical thinking skills to prevent or respond to emergency situations and must possess assertive, effective communication and teaching skills. The incumbent will support and advocate for Americas Veterans, support the Patient Bill of Rights, provided compassionate care while respecting patients personal values and beliefs. The successful candidate will possess the ethics and values that are consistent with the mission, values, priorities, goals and resources of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System.
This position will require standing and walking for extended periods of time as well as hearing and vision corrected to the near normal range. Occasional floating within surgical clinics is to be expected. This is not a training position and is not open to novice nurses.