Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
VA Boston Healthcare System
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/09/2019 to 07/30/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$98,160 to $154,223 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Jamaica Plain, MA
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This is a FLOAT position is located at the JAMAICA PLAIN, MA campus within the Primary Care Service.
The following documents MUST be submitted: RESUME, TRANSCRIPTS, and NP LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Virtual: This is not a virtual position Telework: Not available
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The Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions as a Primary Care Provider (PCP). VA PCPs manage a complex panel of patients, providing comprehensive medical care, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. PCPs deliver care within Patient Aligned Care teams. PCPs work with a team of nursing staff and other members of an interdisciplinary health care team. Most practices have registered dieticians, clinical pharmacists, and mental health providers within the practice. PCPs provide general and gender-specific care to both men and women Veterans that range in age from 18 through the geriatric years. Panel size for a full time Nurse Practitioner is approximately 900 patients. Appointment times are 30 minutes for established patients and 60 minutes for new patients. There is no evening or weekend call.
The FLOAT nurse practitioner will travel to any VA Boston Primary Care location to cover other provider's panels, see new patients, and see same-day sick visits. This FLOAT position is for VA Boston - Northern sites, covering the Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Campuses and the Causeway St., Framingham and Lowell CBOCs.
The VA utilizes a national electronic medical record and is known for delivering high quality, evidence based care within a culture of continuous improvement. The VA is in the midst of redesigning primary care towards a more patient centered, healthcare team approach with emphasis on improving health care outcomes through developing better systems for care management and coordination.
The incumbent is accountable for adhering to the established policies, standards of care and practice and achieving the goals for the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Prevention Indicators. The NP works in collaboration with other members of the health care team to improve the quality of care delivered to veterans. He/she utilizes advanced skills in assessment, problem identification and clarification, treatment, planning and implementation of the patient's treatment plan. The NP will have prescription authority with a scope of practice. He or she provides care for Veterans ranging in age from 18 through the geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural issues. The incumbent must be able to function with a high degree of autonomy and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to facilitate efficient and successful medical management of patients. The incumbent will provide leadership in the application of knowledge and clinical skills in organizing, processing and improving clinical outcomes to patients. The incumbent will serve as an expert to identify, analyze and resolve patient care problems and enhance team effectiveness.
- 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.
- This position is in the Excepted Service.
- This position may be filled by a Physician Assistant
- The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy
- Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
- Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
- 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.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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- Nurse Practitioners
- Practitioners, Nurse
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/30/2019.
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. - Education: 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. - Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE. - Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. - Certification: Current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
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 III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field. - Nurse II - A Master's degree in nursing 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.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: - Experience in a Primary Care setting. - Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly complex clinical experience, demonstrating a high degree of competence. - Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative relationship while directing an interdisciplinary healthcare team; demonstrating strong organizational skills with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with professional and administrative staff. - Demonstrated administrative knowledge and skill which includes ability to plan and develop primary care.
NOTE: 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.]
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 bending4. 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 arms10. Use of both hands11. Use of fingers12. 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 other17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors19. 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 sounds20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
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.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- NP License and certification
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 - Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - OF-306 - NP License and certification - Service Connected Letter - Resume - SF-15 - SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action - Transcript
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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- How to Apply
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 07/30/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10537752.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
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VA Boston Healthcare System 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA 02301 US
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