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Job Title:Registered Nurse Practitioner (Hematology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:936738EG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$95,460.00 to $139,136.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 07, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 936738

OUR MISSION: 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.

NOTE:   Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.  

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.   The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • 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 Hematology Registered Nurse Practitioner at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in the Hematology Section is responsible for providing direct medical care to eligible veterans with malignant and nonmalignant hematologic disorders and assists in the coordination the inpatient and outpatient aspects of the practice. The employee will function as an integral member of the Hematology clinical team and works in collaboration with the staff physicians, medical trainees, pharmacists, mental health specialists, social workers, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the health and safety of veterans with hematologic disorders. He/she is directly accountable to the Chief, VAPAHCS, Hematology Section. While based in Palo Alto site, the Hematology RNP may be asked to conduct patient care at select community-based outpatient clinic CCBOC) locations within VAPAHCS and via Telehealth.

The Hematology RNP is responsible for coordinating the delivery of complex outpatient and inpatient care,
including working directly with the Hematology physicians and staff to evaluate, triage, gather VA and non-VA medical information, treat and educate patients referred from any VA site whether for research or non-research purposes. She/he initiates consultation requests to other health professionals to provide comprehensive patient management and gathers follow up data. Clinical Duties include:
1.Following the initial patient assessment in collaboration with a Hematology physician to establish the appropriate diagnoses and treatments, will independently provide direct medical care to veterans with hematologic disorders, including:
• Comprehensive history and physical examinations with emphasis on the assessment of hematology-related issues including perioperative issues
• Appropriate and cost-effective ordering and review of diagnostic tests and referrals
• Addressing health maintenance in the context of hematologic disorders and therapy
• Evaluation and interpretation of medical data to establish appropriate ongoing plan of care including curative and noncurative interventions
• Appropriate documentation of plan of care and other components of medical visits
• Appropriate documentation of non-visit, medication-related, telephone, electronic, and video encounters
• Active case management and coordination of care for veterans with hematologic disorders with emphasis on medication management and supportive care
• Education of veterans about hematologic disorders, diagnostic testing, and therapies
• Obtain informed consent for Hematology procedures and therapies
• Prescription of medical and hematologic therapeutics. including medications and transfusions, to the extent authorized by training and/or certification.
2.Assistance with and direct performance of bone marrow biopsy procedures and care of central venous access devices and assistance with administration of intractable, parental, and oral chemotherapy to the extent authorized by training and/or certifications.

3.Consultation with the physician personnel in Hematology section or their designees, regarding any unusual or unexpected events or disease states requiring direct physician consultation. In emergency situations, administers lifesaving procedures and medications to the extent authorized by training and/or certifications.
4.Together with the other members of the Hematology Section, the RNP will be charged with the responsibility of determining a veteran’s need for inpatient Hematology services and outpatient Hematology Clinic services at the Palo Alto campus, CBOCs, and Telehealth and scheduling clinic availability accordingly.
• Coordination with ancillary staff to assure timely follow-up and continuity of care for persons with hematologic disorders, including completing training for the outpatient scheduling process
• Assisting the Hematology Fellow trainee in veterans under active outpatient treatment, expediting patient hospital admission, and serving as liaison for subsequent outpatient follow up.
• Assisting ER providers and walk-in clinic staffs in the care of Hematology Clinic patients who present to the medical center for immediate attention and arrange appropriate follow-up.
• Assisting in the management of Hematology Clinic patients’ medication refills, in accordance with established guidelines.
a) Administrative/Coordinator Duties include:
• Provide input into strategic planning process in attainment of organizational goals

• Assisting the veteran and assigned social worker with federal, state, and local agency forms for patient assistance and benefits and with referral for organ transplantation
• Leadership in and/or coordination of VAPAHCS Hematology care delivery and educational programs including participation in the creation of health care system memoranda
• Acting as a resource for nursing and medical service personnel who require information on current hematologic
diseases, diagnostic tests, and therapies.
• Assisting the Hematology Section with the development of patient education materials and information on hematology specific community resources

• Maintenance of a clinical case database for selected hematologic disorders and therapies; assisting in compliance with Tumor Registry and Cancer Care Committee requirements
• Involvement in ongoing quality improvement activities within the Hematology Section as necessary
• Participation in the Transfusion Committee, Cancer Care Committee, and Vista Chemotherapy Management Committee


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  • U.S. citizenship.   Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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).  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.  *** The completion of course work equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing.  Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)***
  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 1 year of full time Registered Nurse experience
  • Licensed as Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Master's degree in Nursing
  • NP certification from American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.


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.  


  • Two to three years of clinical experience minimum of professional nursing experience, demonstrating a strong clinical base in internal medicine, emergency medicine, medical oncology, hematology, anesthesiology, and/or surgery.

  • Ability to furnish medications with current DEA number from United States Drug Enforcement Administration for Schedule II-V controlled substances.

  • BLS certificate

Reference:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); pushing (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours – intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent 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 incumbent 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.

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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application  checklist or 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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



RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.









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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 Tuesday, August 27, 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,, 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required).

  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214 (Member 4 copy) or proof of service (required)

  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (required)

  5. OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment)

  6.  Any other documents required by the checklist .

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 and provide the required information.   The Vacancy ID is 936738.
  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 Tuesday, August 27, 2013   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 View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .  
  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.


Phone: (650)493-5000x64530
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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