Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advance Practice Provider (Nurse Practitioner - Emergency Department) in Columbia, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Columbia, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/9/2016 (45 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1798455

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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.

This is an open continuous announcement. We will accept applications for this occupation up until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applications will be referred as vacancies become available.


The Emergency Department Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) functions as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide direct patient care; educate patients and family members; and consult with inpatient and specialty clinic team members. He/she demonstrates leadership, competency, and clinical proficiency in all functions and responsibilities related to caring for patients in the Emergency Department. The incumbent maintains recognized standards of practice and follows approved scope of practice. The APRN exhibits strong clinical skills and excellent interpersonal relationship skills interpreting and communicating health care information to the patient, family, and interdisciplinary health care team. Core functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing direct care and assume primary responsibility for clinical management of patients in the Emergency Department;

  • Obtaining patient histories, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests;

  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health care problems;

  • Prescribing medication and treatments;

  • Identifying patients needing inpatient care and facilitating admission by providing admission criteria and conferring with attending physicians;

  • Managing minor trauma including suturing;

  • Teaching health promotion and disease prevention to patients and/or representatives;

  • Assisting in the education of medical students and nursing students which are unique to a specific clinical setting.

  • Collaborating, referring, and consulting with department attending physicians, specialists, clinical staff, and other members of the health care team to deliver effective, efficient, safe, and high quality care;

  • Contributing to organizational and departmental continuous performance and quality improvement initiatives.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am to 6:30pm or Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday 9:00am to 7:30pm. Subject to change based on agency needs.

Functional Statement Title/#: Advance Practice Provider (Nurse Practitioner)/544-01223-A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • 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)

  • 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; ORa 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; ORa 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience: Experience working in an Emergency Department setting.A minimum of 3 semester hours in an advanced pharmacology course is preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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: 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.

*Education/Experience Requirements:*

A nurse practitioner mustalso 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 maintainfull 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.

Certification:Incumbents must be certified as a Nurse Practitioner.

Physical Requirements:This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and dexterity. There are potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing. Transferring of patients and objects may be required. You may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email provided. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $74,734.00 to $108,333.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450123500

Job Announcement Number: OE-16-TMH-1798455-BU