The Nurse Practitioner (NP) will serve as a member of the Cardiology team and functions autonomously within the scope of approved clinical privileges and collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team in the management of complex patient problems in an active practice to deliver health care services to patients. 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. Must 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. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse and Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience: Strong cardiology background. Strong patient assessment skills. Ability to work effectively with and as part of the interdisciplinary team. Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. Demonstrated leadership, self-direction, and rational problem-solving skills. Skill in use of computer programs. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["Responsibilities include but are not limited to: care of patients in our outpatient/ inpatient cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac observation units; admissions of cardiology patients; conducts comprehensive appraisals of patients' health status by taking health histories and performing physical examinations; orders/interprets laboratory tests, x-rays, procedures, prescribes/orders medications and therapies, to the extent delegated and permissible by approved clinical privileges and law; care coordination and discharging patients to include hand-off to outpatient providers; provides direct clinical care to patients; evaluates patients to determine their need for further health care; provides comprehensive teaching to patients and families; documents in the medical record all care and education provided and/or procedures performed for which the licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is responsible; refers to other disciplines as appropriate; serves as consultant to other disciplines in areas of expertise; integrates research-based knowledge and clinical expertise in decision making; advocates for patients, families, coworkers, and the community; maintains certifications and continuing education as required for licensure and privileging; participates in unit/departmental/divisional or medical center committees/task forces as appropriate; develops and participates in programs to meet continuing education needs of staff; serves as a role model and preceptor to students; provides formal education to both internal and external groups pertinent to area of specialty; participates in quality improvement and/or research initiatives for specific patient population as appropriate; per local policy, responsible for maintaining Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10 - hour shift, 7:00am - 5:30 pm, scheduling flexibility required. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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