Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: May 4, 2020
Incentives are not authorized for this position. This vacancy
will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is April 22,
2020. Additional applications will be referred as needed.
The Texas Valley Coastal bend Health Care System is currently
recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner. The Nurse Practitioner reports
directly to the Chief of HAS administratively, who in turn reports
to the Associated Director, and the PUMA clinically, who in turn
reports to the Chief of Staff.
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science degree in
Nursing (BSN), or Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) must be
fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in
Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission On Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE). Verification of accreditation may be obtained from
- If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence,
you must provide this information in your application.
- If your school was accredited by ACEN or CCNE at the time of
graduation, but is no longer listed on the websites, you must
provide documentation of accreditation with your application
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.
For further information, visit:
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse who is
responsible for identifying and facilitating options and services
for meeting patient's health needs while decreasing fragmentation
and duplication of care and enhancing quality, cost-effective
clinical outcomes. He/she collaborates with internal
interdisciplinary team members to initiate referrals and access
medical resources. The Nurse Practitioner also interacts with
community providers and agencies, Department of Defense
stakeholders and other community providers and agencies to identify
and coordinate medical services not available through the VA, Texas
Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System. Other duties include:
- Analyzes data and coordinates with the network
interdisciplinary team to develop a plan for the appropriate level
of care that addresses the patients consult needs.
- Educates/informs patient on Community Contractor and Community
Provider guidelines and scheduled appointment times.
- Enters consults and makes provision for continuing care with
- Applies knowledge of disease management and utilization review
and takes the leadership role in using safe, cost effective
measures to direct patient consults.
- Procures and coordinates healthcare resources based on patient
need, eligibility and availability.
- Documents observations, assessments, interventions and outcomes
in the patient's medical record.
- Identifies problem areas for monitoring and evaluation and is
active in analyzing findings and changing practice based on quality
- Serves as an educational resource and provides consultation to
other staff on continuing care needs and identification of
appropriate resources utilizing evidence based criteria.
- Uses discretion in confidential matters and leads others in
appropriately safeguarding confidential information.
- Nurse Practitioner recommends ways to improve delivery of
healthcare in the community and identifies best practices and
projects for process improvement.
- NP may also work within an VATVCBHCS outpatient clinic, where
he/she would be responsible for delivery of outpatient care to
patients enrolled in VATVCBHCS. May be assigned duty as an
outpatient primary care/specialty provider.
- Progress notes must be entered within 24 hours of the patient
encounter. Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in
accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should
be completed in a timely fashion. Prohibited abbreviations should
not to be used.
- Clinical reminders should be addressed as medically
appropriate. Quality of care should be able to meet professional
standards always. All providers will work within their privileges
always, unless necessitated by an emergency.
- Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Note: This is a bargaining unit position.
Announcement will be reviewed once a pay-period for
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in
Nursing (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. OR 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) OR In cases
of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession
of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet
the requirement for graduation from an approved school of
- 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
- Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or
otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a
master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and
maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner
from the American Nurses Association or another nationally
recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the
specialty to which the individual is being appointed or
- May have prescriptive authority
Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience in Family Medicine
/Internal Medicine as an NP for a minimum 3 yrs., Excellent
communication skills and customer service, Current BLS
certification, Basic Computer skills, Need to pass a physical exam
determines by VA Employee health, Expected to see patients in
Primary Care 10% of the time and as required by the service, This
position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in
determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate,
the level within a grade:
- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in
Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and
approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or
Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with
no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of
Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing
- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and
approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN
or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field
and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a
BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and
no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing
practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's
degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing
practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related
field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing
practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic
requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related
field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with
BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR
a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing
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.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Reaching
above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (2
hours), Standing (2 hours), Both legs required, Far vision
correctable in 20/20and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to
distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted),
Mental/Emotional Stability, Ability to perform privileges,
Independently performs physical exams as appropriate, Cognitive
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