This Nurse Practitioner (NP) is located in the Surgical Service at the Jamaica Plain campus location and supports the Pre-Admission Testing Center (PATC), Podiatry, and Urology . This position is a full-time 40 hour per week position. This position may also be filled by a Physician Assistant (PA). All interested PAs must apply through announcement CBTD-11485719-22-HL. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. 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 selected. 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 required. 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 practice/experience. 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 practice/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: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: lifting, carrying; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain. It also requires intermittent lifting, carrying, straight pulling and straight pushing up to 45 lbs. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Nurse Practitioner (NP) primarily assists in the Surgical Service. Additionally, the incumbent assists Surgical Service by covering other clinical specialties, including PATC, Urology, and Podiatry, at any of the three (3) main campus locations (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Brockton), as well as, the Lowell and Causeway Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The incumbent provides comprehensive and quality care to patients by remaining fully accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice, and demonstrates leadership when providing patient care. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assesses the physical, emotional and developmental status of patients and makes positive interventions to maintain, restore, or improve health Performs comprehensive outpatient and inpatient history and physical examinations, writes medication and nursing orders, sends consults to other services, discharges patients and writes discharge summaries, and follows patients in the clinic Provides detailed instructions to the staff during clinic hours so that patients are seen in an orderly and timely fashion Evaluates patients with wounds and make recommendations relating to dressing changes Participates in decision making on patients scheduled for surgery. This includes scheduling patients with the operating room scheduler, assisting the supervising surgeon during surgery, and writing postoperative orders Coordinates surgical scheduling with patients to minimize impact on the patient and caregivers Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Hours to be set between 7:00 am to 4:30 pm with rotations to holidays, evening, nights and weekends when required.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Authorized.\nTelework: Not Authorized.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required. Notifications:\nThis position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.\nThis position is covered by a special rate.\nCurrent 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.\nThis position is in the Excepted Service.\nThe salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.\nThe Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.\nVeterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees.\nThe incumbent may be required to travel to other VA Boston Healthcare System campuses and CBOC's."]
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