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Nurse Practitioner (Renal)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Boston, MA
Date:
07/10/2018
2018-07-102018-08-09
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Job Details

Summary
Duties

The NP uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to work collaboratively with the Renal Medical staff and expanded team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan. The NP provides diagnosis and treatment and assistance with care, diagnosis driven teaching and preparation for the next level of care as needed. In addition, the NP will participate in various quality assurance activities as needed.

  • Applies the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation) to systems or processes at the practice level to provide patient-driven holistic care.
  • Provide nursing and medical services to Veterans and their families/caregivers in both individual and group settings.
  • Emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention; diagnose and manage acute, chronic and episodic illnesses.
  • Reviews patient management with collaborating physician as appropriate.
  • Maintains pre-ESRD clinic for patient education regarding options related dialysis and including kidney transplant, and to review factors that are involved in the progression of renal disease.
  • Participates in the evaluation of patients for vascular access placement pre-hemodialysis.
  • Participates as a coordinator in the evaluation of patients for renal transplant.
  • Teaches and counsels Veterans, families/caregivers and groups.
  • Demonstrates leadership by involving the Team and expanded Team in providing customized, evidence-based patient-driven care.

Notifications:
  • This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
  • Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Nurse Professional Standards Board.
  • The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Day shift
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
graph of estimated pay ranges
$84,739
$149,116
Job Details
Application Open Date
6/27/2018

Application Close Date
7/17/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
20 Hours per week


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • Basic Requirements:
      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 professional nursing.

      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.

      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 selected.]Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists are Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) who are masters degree-prepared registered nurses who also possess advanced clinical certification. They function within a scope of practice (SOP), rather than a position description, commensurate with their training, experience, and licensure. An APN functions autonomously within her or his own defined SOP in a variety of settings, such as hospital inpatient, outpatient clinics, nursing home, domiciliary, or patient's home. Competitive levels should be established using the basic CL criteria, including APN pay levels: Nurse I, II, III, IV, and V.

      Preferred Experience: Master's degree in Nursing and/or Master's degree from a Nurse Practitioner program with a BSN (NLN accredited); approximately 2-3 years of successful nursing practice or Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner course with didactic and supervised clinical experience. Experience in managing renal patients.

      Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience


      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:
      1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
      2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently
      3. Repeated bending
      4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)
      5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
      6. Stooping (intermittently)
      7. Squatting (intermittently)
      8. Kneeling (occasionally)
      9. Use of both arms
      10. Use of both hands
      11. Use of fingers
      12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)
      13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)
      14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)
      15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)
      16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
      17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
      18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
      19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
      20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.
  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section
  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section
    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/17/2018 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0610-Nurse
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings: 1
      Job Position: CAZW-10242520-18-DB

      The NP uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to work collaboratively with the Renal Medical staff and expanded team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan. The NP provides diagnosis and treatment and assistance with care, diagnosis driven teaching and preparation for the next level of care as needed. In addition, the NP will participate in various quality assurance activities as needed.

      • Applies the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation) to systems or processes at the practice level to provide patient-driven holistic care.
      • Provide nursing and medical services to Veterans and their families/caregivers in both individual and group settings.
      • Emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention; diagnose and manage acute, chronic and episodic illnesses.
      • Reviews patient management with collaborating physician as appropriate.
      • Maintains pre-ESRD clinic for patient education regarding options related dialysis and including kidney transplant, and to review factors that are involved in the progression of renal disease.
      • Participates in the evaluation of patients for vascular access placement pre-hemodialysis.
      • Participates as a coordinator in the evaluation of patients for renal transplant.
      • Teaches and counsels Veterans, families/caregivers and groups.
      • Demonstrates leadership by involving the Team and expanded Team in providing customized, evidence-based patient-driven care.

      Notifications:
      • This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
      • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
      • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
      • Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Nurse Professional Standards Board.
      • The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
      • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

      Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Day shift
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

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Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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