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

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

Opened Tuesday 9/20/2016 (33 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1806031

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.


The WJB Dorn VAMC is currently recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner to work in the Surgery Service, Urology Section. Incumbent provides assessment, treatment, and/or referral services for patients with a wide range of problems. Provides education and/or training for patients/families/residents/staff. Responsibilities include activities considered to be usual nursing practice and selected expanded nursing functions as defined in approved protocols and practice guidelines. Involved in direct patient care, patient and family education as well as staff education and multidisciplinary consultations and collaborations. Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with all the levels of health care personnel. Conducts extensive coordination with a wide variety of specialties/subspecialties and other special programs to manage urology patient care. Gathers/evaluates data based on patients through history taking, physical exam, diagnostic testing and psychosocial data. Assesses/interprets data and initiates patient care in accordance with approved clinical privileges and in consultation with the supervising physician. Documents assessment process accurately, clearly and concisely when developing initial and ongoing plans for patient care. Consistently demonstrates ability to set appropriate priorities in directing patient care. Functions in an organized, timely, conscientious manner. Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, directing and supervising the care of the surgical patient. Participates in medical center, regional, and/or VACO committees as requested. Participates in programs of peer review and continuous quality improvement. Participates in the development, review, and revision of policies/procedures/programs that enhance the care of the veteran patient. Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to health prevention and maintenance programs for the veteran. Effectively interacts with all levels of personnel, physicians, patients and families. Establishes effective relationships within the service with administration and other services. Demonstrates openness to change. Adapts to new routines, procedures, and skills in a positive, constructive manner. Recognizes the age-based needs of adult and geriatric patients and performs her duties appropriately in reference to these needs. Identifies the need for, develops and participates in interdisciplinary education within the VA system and in the community. Maintains competency/certification through continuing education programs. Acts as a resource for other health team members, students, residents. Assess plans and implements health education for patients and/or families and evaluates their effectiveness. Participates in professional organizations at local, state or national levels. Assists in evaluation of new products and medications, and provides feedback on quality and utility. Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm with occasional on call responsibilities. Subject to change based on agency needs.

Functional Statement Title/#: Advance Practice Provider (Urology Nurse Practitioner)/544-011560

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: Urology with at least 2 years of working experience.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching over shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours); standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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 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: 451029600

Job Announcement Number: OE-16-TMH-1806031-4CA-BU