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. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved 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). The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for ACEN or CCNE accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education at the time of the candidate's graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. 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. 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 n 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: The position will require walking, standing, or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day. In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift, and turn. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The primary duty of the practitioner is to provide cardiology services in support of the cardiology division and the mission of NWI. This position will provide care for Veterans across the spectrum of cardiac medicine to assure all care is timely, appropriate, evidence based, of high quality, and cost effective. The incumbent serves as the cardiology APRN in Grand Island and a leader of the cardiology program for the CBOC. The APRN directs cardiology care within the Grand Island facility to perform well in national and VISN initiatives. Clinical expectations include the following but not limited: Provide/direct services as needed to meet the needs of patients within the cardiology department at the Grand Island VA. Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the cardiac patient served by the Grand Island CBOC. Experienced in Internal Medicine and in Cardiology. Further, the practitioner will have the ability to interact on a high level with the Omaha Cardiology team to optimize management of cardiac patients, if needed, with a combination of drugs, devices and procedures. Skills in the interpretation of electrocardiograms for the recognition and management of abnormal cardiac rhythms and ischemia; echocardiography for the recognition of systolic and diastolic dysfunction or valve abnormalities; knowledge of the indications for various cardiac procedures; the ability to recognize and knowledge of the management of acute cardiac emergencies; and advanced knowledge of guideline directed medical therapy for all aspects of cardiac care, including typical medications, their use, monitoring, interactions, and contraindications. Program Administrator/Leader Possess the ability to manage programs related to the outpatient management of cardiovascular disease and to focus on provision of a high level of customer satisfaction, quality services, and efficient delivery. Effective communication skills to serve as the liaison between the medical service line and outpatient clinics and providers to ensure optimal communication and medical information for care of the patient. Expected to provide services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements related to the treatment of patients in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner. Incumbent is responsible for implementing VA Headquarters policies and regulations governing broad administrative aspects of the health care system. In order to affect the policies, incumbent must have the skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, data gathering and statistical analysis. Develops and administers a formal, systematic performance improvement plan for reviewing, appraising and continuously improving each aspect of care related to cardiovascular disease management. Responsible for assuring that services provided meet the standards set by accrediting agencies which govern the quality of care for this health care system. In conjunction with Service Line Managers/Leaders and the Professional Practice Council, the incumbent works, when necessary, to assure that issues and deficiencies are corrected according to standards. Maintains a collaborative working relationship with top management to assure full support and coordination among the programs supervised. Assist in acting as a liaison between the health care system and its designated legal service for informing management and staff on matters affecting program administration which have actual or potential legal implications. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday-Friday, 08:00am to 04:30pm. Additional information may be provided during the interview process. ADHOC: May be authorized (Employees Telework on an part time, occasional, episodic, or short-term, and have completed required telework training and telework agreement). This is not a virtual position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. EDRP: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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