This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. Education: Graduate from a Nurse Practitioner master's degree program (or higher) accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) which changed to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; http://www.acenursing.org or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; (CCNE; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/) at the time the program was completed License: Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a graduate professional Registered Nurse with approval to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. Graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing programs must be in possession of current, full active and unrestricted licensure, and must meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Certification: Full and current national certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) or another nationally recognized certifying body as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACCNP)? [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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. In the performance of duties, the incumbent may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["The Radiology Nurse Practitioner plays a fundamental role in the care of the patients undergoing imaging studies or image-guided procedures by assisting in coordination of care, performing or assisting in procedures, and having a great responsibility for the evaluation and follow-up of the patients undergoing therapies. The person should be deeply committed to patient care and safety, and be willing to be part of a team that emphasizes excellence and innovation in patient care. The major duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: RNP works collaboratively with the IR staff, fellows, and residents in outpatient clinics and daily inpatient rounds. Evaluates and treats patients in IR clinics. May perform basic bedside procedures such as paracentesis and thyroid fine needle aspiration after appropriate training and proctoring. Consults on inpatient nursing issues and on medical issues. Does post-procedure patient teaching. Performs histories and physical examinations and writes outpatient pre-procedure orders. Schedules diagnostic procedures as directed by the physician. Orders and interprets laboratory tests. Orders radiology and nuclear medicine studies on the basis of history and physical examination findings in collaboration with the physician. Initiates patient education. In-services clinic and ward nursing staff as the need arises. Prescribing approval includes those agents officially designated for use at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System with the following exceptions: A. Agents which are specifically limited or restricted for all prescribers by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee's special policies and procedures. B. Investigational Drugs (unless approved by the principal investigator and guidance for is stipulated in an approved protocol for non- physician use of these drugs.) Completes electronic encounter for each visit. Conducts telephone clinics and responds to patient phone calls as appropriate. Provides customer service appropriate to VA standards. Refers the patient to other community based health care providers and agencies for provision of additional services considered necessary. Coordinates and monitors the outcome of the referral and integrates any recommended treatment into the management plan. Evaluates the process and outcomes of the management plan on an ongoing basis. Is the \"point person\" for contact of patients who are scheduled for procedures or who are post-procedure. Telephones patients one week before surgery and ensures that the patient is ready for surgery and has all questions answered. Telephones patients one week after surgery to ensure that the patients are recovering well from surgery and to answer all questions. Works with discharge planning to coordinate home nursing or other outpatient needs. Conducts preoperative history and physicals in the clinic and sees other clinic patients. Screens inpatient and outpatient IR consultations for appropriateness. Removes sutures and provides dressing changes as needed. Orders appropriate laboratory and imaging tests as indicated. Performs inpatient history and physical exams. Consults on inpatient procedure requests. Troubleshoots post-procedure issues related to drains, tubes, and lines. Functions as a team member and representative of IR to the hospital and patients Provides call coverage for 1-2 weeks per month including holding the pager and call back to the hospital for patient evaluations. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday (NOTE: Shifts may vary depending on patient care needs)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.