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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner GRACE Program

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BU-13-LK-887666

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,338.00 to $112,219.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Indianapolis, IN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 887666

 

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.

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

 

WHO WE ARE

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

 

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.
 
The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.
 

 

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  

 

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

 

Position Summary : A vacancy exists for a certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the Geriatrics GRACE Program.  This individual will provide geriatric care to Veterans 65 or older who are at risk for institutional extended care. Responsibilities include collaborating with a social worker, primary care providers, and a geriatric interdisciplinary team to deliver comprehensive care to older Veterans across the continuum of care including in-home, outpatient, and hospital visits.    This position will report to the­­­­ GRACE Team Attending Physician of VAMC to plan, direct, and evaluate patients' health care at VAMC.  

 

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourage persons with disabilities to apply. 

 

SALARY RANGE:   Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a 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.

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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1.      Provides initial and ongoing assessment of patients: medical, physical and psychosocial status including:

a.       Obtaining relevant health and medical history from patients and/or caregivers,

b.      Performing physical exam appropriate for age and history,  including  comprehensive functional assessment when clinically indicated,

c.       Conducting preventive screening procedures based on age and history,

d.      Identifying medical and health risks and needs,

e.       Updating and recording changes in health status,

f.       Ordering,  conducting and interpreting appropriate diagnostic tests,

g.      Identifying the needs of the individual family or community as a result of the evaluation of the collected data,

h.      Formulating the appropriate differential diagnosis based on history, physical exam, clinical findings and diagnostic test findings,

i.        Developing care plan and communicating plan to patient, the caregiver or family, and the primary care provider.

j.        Identifying non-pharmacologic interventions and prescribing non-pharmacologic therapies; identifying pharmacologic interventions and prescribing pharmacologic therapies when having approved prescriptive authority  from the State of Indiana,

k.      Providing relevant patient education,

l.        Making appropriate referrals to physicians and other health professionals and community agencies,

m.    Determining the effectiveness of care plans for documentation of patient outcomes and modifying the plan as necessary to achieve medical and health goals; communicating findings and plan of care to patient, the caregiver or family, and the primary care provider.

 

2.      Participates in quality improvement review on a periodic basis, including systematic review of records and treatment plans, helps disseminate findings and implement plans for improvement.

3.      Serves as educational resource for other VAMC staff. 

4.      Serves as a member of various VAMC committees dealing with healthcare. 

·         Completes and maintains written records in a timely fashion and in compliance with VAMC rules and regulations.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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  • Citizen of the United States
  • 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).

  • 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.  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.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English

  • ANCC or AANP Certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult or Family Required

  • Clinical geriatrics and/or program development experience preferred.

  • 1-2 years experience as NP preferred

  • Currently have prescriptive rights as NP (preferred)

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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. 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC  AND CONSIDER THE ABOVE DIMENSIONS/CRITERIA. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE WHEN SETTING YOUR SALARY.

 

 

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2


 

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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html  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. 

 

      Physical Requirement:

            This position involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused clients, repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheelchairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients.  The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration.

1.     To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.     Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

TAG:Accepted/Required Docs

VA Form 10-2850a
- Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.     To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfand provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:VacancyID.

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

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.     Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  

3.     Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lydia King
Phone: (317)988-2328
Email: LYDIA.KING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Indianapolis VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Richard L Roudebush VAMC HRMS
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
Indianapolis, IN
46202

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.   Then the qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Selecting Official. You will be notified via email when this qualification process has been completed. The Selecting Officials then sets up and conducts their own interviews.  After a selection has been made an email will be sent to each candidate on the determination of selection. 


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Job Announcement Number:

BU-13-LK-887666

Control Number:

343049500