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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant in Danville, Illinois

Summary

The VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) is recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service. A professional Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) who uses the evidence-based practice to work collaboratively with a 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 for life.

Responsibilities

The physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner is a professional with advanced clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles. She/he is accountable for the management and evaluation of patient care under her/his care. She/he holds clinical privileges and practices in collaboration with a physician.The physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner provides comprehensive wellness care, as well as acute, episodic, and chronic care, of adult veterans. The Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner is prepared by advanced practice in adult health care across the health continuum. This practice includes independent and interdependent decision making, and direct accountability for clinical judgment. The Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner will evaluate and treat adult and elderly patients in the Community Living Center. The Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner will also perform activities related to follow-up of abnormal lab and radiology results, keeping communication open with veterans and their families, and ensuring that staff is kept abreast on the veteran's clinical condition. He/She will provide care under the supervision of the Geriatrics and Extended care attending physician. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: PRACTICE:

Provides leadership in the application of clinical care processes as they relate to patient care, organizational processes, and/or systems, thus, improving outcomes at the program or service level. CRITERIA:

  1. Conducts a comprehensive assessment to determine veteran's nature and degree of health care problems & constructs and implements an appropriate plan of care.

  2. Develops a data base on veterans by performance of:

(1) Health history

(2) Physical assessment

(3) Diagnostic testing

  1. Assesses and interprets patient data differentiating between normal and abnormal findings; formulating differential diagnosis; Develops appropriate diagnosis and treatment plans.

  2. Prescribes and performs selected laboratory and other diagnostic tests, treatments, referrals, and consultations deemed pertinent, as defined in individual clinical privileges as delineated by PA/NP board.

  3. Manages veterans with acute and chronic diseases or other health problems, as well as preventive health where appropriate; thorough health teaching for veterans, family, peers, and community, increases veteran and family understanding of disease processes, self-care, and treatment plans.

  4. Reviews patient management with collaborating physician as appropriate;

Collaborates & makes recommendation with other disciplines and community resources to ensure continuity of care.

  1. Maintains up-to-date records of all veteran interactions to document care provided, and facilitates intervention of various other health care providers.

  2. Demonstrates the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to the veterans served, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify veteran needs and to provide the care needed.

  3. Maintains compliance with the various standards of care & practice. These include but are not limited to H&P completion, Medication Reconciliation, "Hand Off" communication standardization, patient education and documentation and assisting with patient flow and discharge processes

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available at this time

Telework: Not available at this time

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Position Description Title/PD#: Scope of Practice

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, May be required to work off tour hours

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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. Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required. 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); or A Physician Assistant must (1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A Nurse Practitioner must be a 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) ]Nurse Practitioner must have a 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.

Physician Assistant must have (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard; or Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. Preferred Experience: 2 years professional experience 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

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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