Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner OR Physician Assistant in Northport, New York
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
- Northport, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (16 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (4 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815582 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?
The Northport VA Medical Center, located on the picturesque north shore of Long Island, is committed to serving veterans throughout Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties). The Northport VA Medical Center is always improving the health of men and women who have proudly served our nation. Our Missison: Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and overall well-being. Our Vision: To be a patient-centered, integral health care delivery organization for veterans providing excellent care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for national emergencies. All employees of the Northport VA Medical Center are responsible for supporting the delivery of personalized, proactive, patient-centered care.
For more information about the Northport VA Medical Center, please visit: www.northport.va.gov
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 position may be filled with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.
There are 2 vacancies in Orthopedic Service
FIRST AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Facility Employees (Northport VA Medical Center employees)
SECOND AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All Agency employees (VA/VHA)
THIRD AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All US Citizens
FOURTH AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Non Citizens
Nurse Practitioner Salary Range: $79,492.00 - $126,199.00
Physician Assistant Salary Range: $55,327.00-$ 124,037.00
THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT'S SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD UP TO THE MAXIMUM LIMITATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP) SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS. (EDRP APPLIES TO NEW HIRES ONLY. CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE).
As a Nurse Practitioner OR Physician Assistant, you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to our veteran population. Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing/physician assistant care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems. Candidates must possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.
The Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant is responsible for managing the care of patients who suffer from a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Duties include:
- Perform initial histories and physical examinations on patients and outpatients; prescribe medication within defined scope of practice;
- Order diagnostic studies such as lab tests, x-rays, CT scans and MRIs; Screen consultations, conduct pre-operative workups, and participate in Orthopedic Clinics;
- Draw blood specimens for testing and perform other comparable lab procedures; perform injections of joints and other areas; apply and remove casts and splints; post op wound care as needed, including removal of sutures and change of dressings.
- Make daily rounds to observe and record each patient's medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, changing orders when appropriate, and notifying the responsible physician of significant changes in the patient's condition;
- Review Orthopedic Consultations and initiate consultations to other services;
- Provide education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatment and medications.
Incumbent is accountable for providing health care to veterans in accordance with individual patient needs determined by standards of adult health care practice, hospital policy and procedures, and in collaboration with other members of the Orthopedic Health Care Team. This responsibility includes the utilization of specialized and advance clinical skills and knowledge in patient health and illness assessment, direct care, and preventive health. Incumbent will work closely with Orthopedic residents and staff surgeons.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Training and/or Experience as Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in Orthopedics is highly desirable.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement Title: Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSE PRACTITIONER
- Must meet Physical Requirements
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) OR The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- Registration - current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth.
In addition, 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.
Nurse II - Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.
Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry.Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice:practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development:performance, education/career development, Collaboration;collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry:quality of care, research.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
- Must meet Physical Requirements
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English
- Certification: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required. (Note: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years).
- Education: Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organization; AND a Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education.
Grandfathering Provision: Physician Assistants on VA rolls prior to the implementation date of the revised
PA Qualification Standard (9/5/2014) who do not meet the minimum academic level of a Bachelor's degree are exempted from this requirement. Physician Assistants on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993 who are not NCCPA certified remain exempt from the NCCPA certification requirement. However, a PA who subsequently became or becomes certified is no longer exempt and must maintain certification as a condition of employment.
Full Grade - Non beyond the basic requirements noted above and meet the clinical competencies (Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills, Research).
Intermediate Grade - In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements and competencies for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Candidates at this grade level will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements: 1 year of professional practice as a Physician Assistant OR have successfully completed a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the US Armed Forces; or have completed a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education; and meet the clinical competencies outlined for this grade level.
Senior Grade - In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Candidates must demonstrate the behaviors or responsibilities in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research (as applicable to the assignment). In addition, candidate must possess 3 years of professional practice as a PA; OR 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the US Armed Forces; OR 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education; OR a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education.
Chief Grade - in addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research. In addition, candidate must be able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and possess a Master's Degree f4rom a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a heath related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6, Nurse Qualification Standard
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Physical Requirements: Applicant must possess the ability to do the following: heavy lifting and carrying, 45 pounds and over; pulling, pushing and reaching above the shoulder; walking, standing, kneeling and repeated bending.
Work Environment: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, office and meeting rooms. some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.
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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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $55,327.00 to $126,199.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0603, 0610-00/00
Promotion Potential: 00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens
Control Number: 452885100
Job Announcement Number: BF-17-RE-1815582-BU