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  • Summary

    Nurse Practitioners will be assigned to interested facilities throughout VHA in support of COVID-19 operations. Applicants who express interest in specific geographic areas will receive first consideration for those areas as a need arises. Applicants who select "location negotiable" will be given consideration once all applicants within a specific area are exhausted.

    If you applied to CASA-10756203-20-RKH, you do not need to reapply to this position. You are still being considered.

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    Responsibilities

    Nurse Practitioners will be assigned to help address clinical demands that exceed facilities' current staff capacities, unexpected or temporary absences of facility providers, or fill vacancies where the hiring of permanent providers has been difficult. May fill needs in all areas including Primary Care, Emergency Department, Tele-Health, Mental Health etc. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to and may vary by specialty or location.

    • Investigates health problems or health needs by gathering and assessing historical information
    • Performs a physical examination appropriate to the patient's history
    • Diagnoses health problems based on interpretation of the patient's history, physical exam findings and diagnostic test results
    • Develops treatment plan tailored to the patient's needs, which includes health education, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment
    • Prescribes medications as appropriate
    • Makes referrals for specialty evaluation or treatment
    • Directs and coordinates the provision of health care services for patients in primary care, i.e. walk-in patients.

    Work Schedule: varies based on facility needs
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

     

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - NPs will be assigned to VA facilities within their local commuting area, unless need is expanded to other locations in which case RNs will be provided lodging, meals, travel and incidental expenses.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0610 Nurse

  • Requirements
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    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,04/30/2020.

    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.
      • 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)
    • 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.
    Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year of clinical care experience as Nurse Practitioner; tele-med experience. Prior VA experience preferred but not required.

    Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
    • 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.
    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: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

    Education

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    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.

    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.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    Experience as an 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.

    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.

     

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    Yes

     
  • Required Documents
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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
     

    • VA Form 10-2850a
    • Resume


    Current VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • VA Form 10-2850a
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

     

  • Benefits
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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

     

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you m

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My VA isn't hiring anyone that I am aware of.

The onboarding process is a nightmare - takes months - fingerprints, background checks, credentialing, a physical, urine drug screen.  Everything has to go through a compensation panel. It is not easy. 

Not sure where they are looking.

They are asking for volunteers from our Primary Care to go work in UC right now.

Was this on usajobs.gov?

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7 hours ago, mgriffiths said:

That is the result of NPs gaining essentially full practice authority within the VA while PAs were screwed by our own.

About a year after VA PA’s were basically screwed by a leader, I spoke with a VAMC PA Association level person to ask if they were going to pursue or attempt independence again. He basically said they were doing fine as is. Wish I could recall the name, I’d call him and ask what he thinks now. This is and has been the mind set of so many PA’s. This is the reason PA’s are stuck as Assistants and barely want to advance to Associate level. I hope that individual and all other VA PA’s realize it is not fine and actually do something!

 

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2 hours ago, Hope2PA said:

About a year after VA PA’s were basically screwed by a leader, I spoke with a VAMC PA Association level person to ask if they were going to pursue or attempt independence again. He basically said they were doing fine as is. Wish I could recall the name, I’d call him and ask what he thinks now. This is and has been the mind set of so many PA’s. This is the reason PA’s are stuck as Assistants and barely want to advance to Associate level. I hope that individual and all other VA PA’s realize it is not fine and actually do something!

It's very easy to become complacent when you earn a comfortable salary and are told to your face that you are respected, while behind your back these same individuals ridicule you.

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Got this email this morning. 

Yes, PAs have their own posting

=========================================================================================

To All VHA PA’s

All

Good morning

Temp PA positions 157+ locations.

Please forward to state PA associations etc. new grads, retired or previous VHA PAs

Please notify your HR and COS

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563878400#

Additional FYI

VHA has lifted all hiring authorities as of 12P yesterday

PAs can be hired via non-competitive, direct-hire, trainees that are licensed, etc.

 

 

 

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On 3/25/2020 at 8:39 AM, Cideous said:

We are "Assistants".

You are fooling yourself if you think this is a title issue.  I have thought we needed a title change for over 30 years, but this has to do with privileges  Real or perceived.

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2 hours ago, LKPAC said:

You are fooling yourself if you think this is a title issue.  I have thought we needed a title change for over 30 years, but this has to do with privileges  Real or perceived.

I do not understand how anyone could think that privileges are not associated to title. You, and many of your colleagues have wanted a title change for years, Why? Because you are a provider who has the ability and knowledge to treat patients, often with supervision only on paper?  Because the title does not reflect to service you actually provide? The perception of PA title is  preventing, or at best making increased privileges more difficult to achieve. It is a privilege issue, however the real perception of people who can change those privileges is that PA’s are not providers who can or should practice without delegated supervision or collaboration.  Not saying title will magically make everything better, but a title that is easy to understand and separates you from the appearance of forever needing a physician would sure make gaining privileges much easier. 

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2 hours ago, LKPAC said:

You are fooling yourself if you think this is a title issue.  I have thought we needed a title change for over 30 years, but this has to do with privileges  Real or perceived.

EVERYTHING starts with our title....Everything.  Just ask the Florida PA's and the ignorant responses they got from lawmakers when we were cut out of the latest NP victory there.  

Assistant/Associate = Imminent and impending death of our profession.

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7 hours ago, Reality Check 2 said:

Got this email this morning. 

Yes, PAs have their own posting

=========================================================================================

To All VHA PA’s

All

Good morning

Temp PA positions 157+ locations.

Please forward to state PA associations etc. new grads, retired or previous VHA PAs

Please notify your HR and COS

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563878400#

Additional FYI

VHA has lifted all hiring authorities as of 12P yesterday

PAs can be hired via non-competitive, direct-hire, trainees that are licensed, etc.

 

 

 

would you explain the 12p and all the non-compete and direct hire

 

what does that all means?

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9 minutes ago, ventana said:

would you explain the 12p and all the non-compete and direct hire

 

what does that all means?

I am asking for explanations - will get back with more info.

Govt lingo still boggles my brain most days.......................

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