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Nurse Practitioner - VA Nursing Academy for Graduate Education

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Durham, NC
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Nurse Practitioner - VA Nursing Academy for Graduate Education
Durham, NC

Tour of Duty: Flexible hours full-time. May be required to attend meetings off site after tour.


The Nurse Practitioner (NP) will function as Program Faculty for the new collaborative educational program between Durham VA Medical Center and the Duke School of Nursing called the VA Nursing Academy for Graduate Education (VANAP-GE).  The Program Faculty member will have responsibility as a provider on a PACT team in primary care where the NP will also provide preceptorship to nurse practitioner residents and graduate students.

Clinical Duties (80%) and Facilitation of Didactic Training (20%)

The program's focus is the training and education of Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners specializing in the healthcare for aging Veterans.  This program will serve as training for new Nurse Practitioners and an NP Residency program for new graduates.  This program will work within and enhance the Duke School of Nursing's existing Adult Gerontology NP (AGNP) program with Veteran-centered curriculum while addressing the serious shortage of providers in this part of the country and throughout the VA healthcare system.

The Nurse Practitioner will have a joint faculty appointment with the Duke School of Nursing and will collaborate with VA Faculty and DUSON faculty in the didactic instruction, simulation exercises, clinical preceptorship, and evidence-based practice learning experiences.  These activities will require flexibility as activities will be conducted at the School of Nursing and/or the Durham VAMC.  Experienced School of Nursing faculty will assist in the orientation, training, and faculty development skills of the NP.  The NP will be required to attend specific VAMC and School of Nursing faculty meetings and participate in planning, steering and Advisory Board meetings, program accreditation planning and preparation, and site visits.


The incumbent is directly responsible to the Chief, Patient Care Service, Chief Nurse Executive/designee/VANAP-GE Program Director





The Scope of Practice of all registered nurses in all areas of clinical practice is defined in the four (4) dimensions outlined in the Nurse Qualification Standard, and is specific to the Grade:

1. PRACTICE: Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level. ETHICS: Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues which impact patients, staff, including initiating and participating in ethics consultations. RESOURCE UTILIZATION: Manages program resources (financial, human, material or informational) to facilitate safe, effective, efficient care.

2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Education/Career Development, Performance). EDUCATION/CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others. PERFORMANCE: Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.

3. COLLABORATION (Collaboration, Collegiality): Uses group process to identify, analyze and resolve problems. COLLEGIALITY: Makes sustained contributions to healthcare by sharing knowledge and advanced skills internal and external to the healthcare system. The NP will coach colleagues in team building.

4. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY (Quality of Care, Research). QUALITY OF CARE: Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance. RESEARCH: Collaborates with others in research activities to validate and/or improve care.

Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 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.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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