Nurse Practitioner (SICU)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number: 1196307
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.
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.
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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are notauthorized for this position
_PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING ON LINE_

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. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Work Schedule: based on the needs of the service
Initial position will include overnight coverage (e.g., 7pm until 7 am) but may change according to the needs of the SICU service.
The Nurse Practitioner Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) works under supervision of the Managing Physician and general supervision of the Director of ICU and the Chief of Anesthesiology. The Nurse Practitioner provides clinical coverage as part of the ICU Team for patients with the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The NP performs initial histories and physical examinations on patients, concurrence to be noted or addendum as indicated by attending physician. The NP orders laboratory tests, X-rays and other appropriate diagnostic tests and follows up with attending physician. The NP makes daily rounds with the team and independently. The NP conducts evaluations and enters progress notes in the patient's record, will also be authorized to evaluate, diagnose and implement treatment plans on patients under the supervision of Staff Attending Physician. The NP assists in the evaluation and initial management of Rapid Response Calls for surgical patients on the ward. The NP will initiate emergency duties for life-threatening situations where a physician is not immediately available. The position may entail other duties as assigned
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Professional (RN) Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), if the United States or the District of Columbia. A nurse who has, or has ever had, any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee. _In addition_ , a _nurse practitioner must be licensed_ _as a nurse practitioner,_ or otherwise recognized _as a nurse practitioner_ in a State (possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC (ACEN)or CCNE), and maintain full and __current certification as a nurse practitioner__ from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
Note: The NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification to continue employment with VA. A certificate of fitness for prescribing medications is required.
Graduate of a school of professional nursing (RN) 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),( ACEN) 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.
Graduate of a school of professional nursing (RN) __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) (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
In addition , _a Nurse Practitioner_ must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing in a Nurse Practitioner Program with Masters _Degree in Nursing (NLNAC) (ACEN) or CCNE accredited) _ with _current certification as a nurse practitioner The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected _ from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body (such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner AANP). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing
All applicants must ensure the nursing program for the school where the Nursing Degree was received, is accredited and listed on one of these two sites to meet the requirements of the education qualifications.
__IF your nursing program is not listed on one of the websites below, and the program was accredited at the time of graduation, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies, or from the Director of the Nursing program from your school, as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE.__Your college transcripts are not proof of this accreditation.
1 . The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call ension 153_. _The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site ; / __ OR __
_2_ . The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call . Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site.
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
Education/Experience Requirements:
Preferred Experience:
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Certification as a Nurse Practitioner is required
Nurse Practitioner License and RN license is required
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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: /. 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 Standards/Requirements: All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View 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, September 05, 2014 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : 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.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
OF-306
Other (Nursing Application VA form 102850a)
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript
Resume. To verify that you meet the qualification for the position, your resume must list the name, city and state of all the schools that you attended, the month/year you graduated and the type of degree you were awarded. Also you must list the information regarding your license to include: state, license number and expiration date. __You must list your Nurse Practitioner Certification speciality and/or certification number on your resume or submitt a copy so that this can be verified.__
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (PREFERRED)
You may be asked to complete this form at the time of your interview. This for will be required at the time you are selected for the position.
Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available ). (Preferred) You will be required to complete this form if you are selected for the position.
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.
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 .
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1196307.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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