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    The Clinical Cardiac APRN executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care distinguished by autonomy of practice. APRN's exercise a high degree of independent judgment, initiating care plans, and treatment regimens for Cardiology patients. Practice is characterized by an increased complexity of clinical decision making and management under the supervision of collaborating physicians.

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    1. Meets all mandatory requirements for assigned area and will perform activities that reflect the educational, experiential, and competency requirements.
      1. Within the APRN scope of practice, and under the supervision of the cardiologist, diagnoses medical condition, plans and implements interventions, and evaluates veteran response in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
      2. Within the APRN scope of practice, assembles and documents complete Veteran medical database including health history and physical examination.
      3. Demonstrates leadership in the education and support of the veteran, family/significant other and health care team members.
      4. Functions as a bridge between the veteran and health care teams; communicates with the referring teams, including providers and nurses, to ensure the veteran's needs are addressed.
      5. Provides outreach to patients and families of patients with life limiting illness. Includes explaining services and roles involved with Cardiology, providing psychosocial support and addressing concerns about medical care and symptom management. This includes educating the staff at the VA about Cardiology issues and initiatives.
      6. Facilitates communication between providers. Includes working with the veteran's care team, attending departmental meetings, developing working relationships with multiple departments, and ensuring patient and family needs are identified and addressed in a timely manner.
      7. On an ongoing basis, coordinates appointments, reviews medical records and ensures the veteran's Cardiology needs are met. Also ensures timely follow-up appointments are made.
      8. Provides education for veterans and families. May include addressing questions regarding procedures, treatments, symptoms, and terminology; and discussing, explaining and reviewing recommendations of the Cardiology Team.
      9. Provides psychosocial support. Includes regularly assessing the state of mind of veteran and family, addressing identified problems, using motivational interviewing, problem solving, and assisting with necessary consults as appropriate to other services (i.e. Mental Health, Social Work, Chaplain, Pharmacy, and Dietary).
      10. Within the APRN scope of practice, monitors and manages symptoms. Includes identifying symptoms and working with patients, providers and resources to manage them appropriately. This may include prescribing medications and ordering additional testing or consultations.
      11. Identifies and recommends resources. Shares knowledge of helpful resources for patients, including local support groups and classes; assists veterans and families with accessing these resources.
      12. Documents coordination of care provided in CPRS and other appropriate resources; manages alerts in CPRS.
      13. Request and send pertinent medical records/reports.
      14. Assist in gathering data necessary for facility and VISN reporting.
      15. Identifies potential emergency/crisis situations and provides appropriate interventions.
      16. Seeks out and participates on committees and task forces as needed/appropriate.
      17. Participates in program and clinic activities and meetings.
      18. Provide educational opportunities to the VA Staff and community at large about topics specifically related to nursing care for patients with Cardiology needs. Educational offerings should be available in a variety of settings (nursing huddles, facility wide symposiums, and other settings as needed).

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am to 4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608567400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.