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Job Title:APRN (Orthopedic Surgery)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VU-14-PSS-993227

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,325.00 to $119,090.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 08, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Full-time Advanced Practice RN in Orthopedic Clinic

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.

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.
The incumbent for this position is not eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

DUTIES:

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The Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner provides specialty care to veterans with orthopedic health issues and is the key contact for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.  The Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner reports directly to the Chief of Orthopedics and to the specialty service line chief nurse executive.  Care is provided in the orthopedics clinic. Their office is located in the clinic itself to facilitate communication and collaboration.  In addition to providing primary care in the orthopedic clinic, the Nurse Practitioner also provides care over the telephone, although they may interact with clinical psychology and other clinics within the hospital, and cross-train to orthopedic subspecialties, including casting and splinting application, operating room rotations, and inpatient care.  The population served is primarily male and older adult (55 years and older), although this person is competent to provide care to the small number of women who present for care.  In addition to older adults, this person is also competent to provide care to middle adults (ages 40-54) and to young adults (ages 18-39).

Primary responsibilities include:

-Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of the patient with orthopedic issues. Initial screening, obtaining and interpreting diagnostic testing related to the patient with orthopedic issues.

-Management of the orthopedic patient from initial entry to the clinic to the completion of a satisfactory treatment option.

  1. -Consults other clinics in the hospital when indicated.
  2. -Provides general education regarding orthopedic problems to the patient, their partner, colleagues and other disciplines within the VAMC, the VISN and the medical community at large.
  3. -Responsible for the development of orthopedic clinic policies and procedures as well as the development of patient education materials for patients with orthopedic concerns and their partners including written, video, or group education.
  4. -Promotes overall wellness for the orthopedic patient, including non-pharmacologic treatment.
  5. -Collaborates with other disciplines to provide a concise, comprehensive delivery of care to ensure positive health care outcomes and promote wellness.
  6. -Encourages the development of healthy lifestyles.
  7. -Acts as a consultant and resource to the VAMC staff and the community at large.
  8. -Identifies and actively participates in orthopedic research. 
  9. -Reviews incoming electronic consults to the service, prioritizing and facilitating access for urgent needs.
  10. -Cleans RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

Administrative responsibilities include:

1. Coordinates performance improvement initiatives and collaborates with the chief of the service in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the orthopedic clinic.

2.   Communicates on a regular basis with all orthopedic clinic personnel regarding important clinic issues such as patient safety, patient confidentiality, and patient satisfaction.

Unique competencies required for this role include:

1. Speclialized knowledge and expertise in the care of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

  1. 2. Outstanding interpersonal communication and coordination skills.
  2. 3. In depth knowledge of musculoskeletal health and the medical conditions that may cause or contribute to musculoskeletal issues.
  3. 4. Knowledge of key contacts both within the medical center, at other VISN facilities, and in the community so as to effectively facilitate the patient’s transition across the continuum of care.

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • 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 coursework 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.  

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. 
  • GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
    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.     

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

 

APRN QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Must be a 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. 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.

4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Additional requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN): An APRN must be licensed or otherwise recognized as an APRN in a State, possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as an APRN from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by an Advance Practice Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a APRN 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; and Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

The Advanced Practice Nurse III must demonstrate performance and leadership that is broad and complex enough to improve the care for a group of patients and document outcomes at the program or service level. This would include leadership in ethics, resource utilization, education/career development, performance, collaboration, collegiality, quality of care and research. Documentation of outcomes is required in consideration for appointment or promotion.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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



 


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 Requirements: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). Requirements include:

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Both Hands Required; Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Both Legs Are Required; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment).

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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.


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://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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 Friday, November 22, 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:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Non-VA Applicants

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf).
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.
  4. Three references, one which should be a signed and dated performance review.
  5. A transcript is not initially required

Note: The Occupational Questionnaire is included in the on-line application process. This is not a seperate required document unless on-line application is not possible.

 

VA Applicants

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf).
  3. SF-50 - Found at https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/

 

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


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.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 993227.
  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 Friday, November 22, 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 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:

Pamela Snyder
Phone: (612)467-2060x4382
Email: PAMELA.SNYDER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN
55417

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

VU-14-PSS-993227

Control Number:

355107100