Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (CNP) Compensation & Pension-Redding in Redding, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Redding, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Thursday 9/1/2016 (52 day(s) ago)
** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (4 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number: 1793003
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.
THIS POSTING IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE FORWARDED EVERY TWO WEEKS.
*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 Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) is a registered nurse, a member of the Compensation and Pension (C&P;) Service, who utilizes critical thinking in the application of advanced clinical health care knowledge and skills, in conducting comprehensive history and physical examinations of Veterans and separating/retiring service members. The C&P; CNP performs medical record reviews and clinical interviews, provides diagnosis/evaluation, makes medical assessments, renders medical opinion(s) as to the likelihood that presenting medical condition(s) are related to military service and acts within the guidelines and quality indicators set forth by the C&P; program at the VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NCHCS) and the Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA). The C&P; CNP is recognized as a source of mid-level knowledge with strong clinical background to provide medical diagnosis and legal opinions. These consultative opinions and reports are provided in writing and become part of the Veterans or service members medical record furnished to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) or the Department of Defense (DoD) to help with settling claims for service connected benefits or fitness for duty determination. The C&P; CNP will initiate and/or recommend laboratory tests, diagnostic studies and/or specialty referrals in the context of the evaluation based on current VA Medical Center and Service policies. The C&P; CNP is responsible for generating exam reports utilizing Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs) in the Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI) for the official documentation of the Veterans or Service Members examination. The C&P; CNP may engage in internal review procedures and other administrative duties as outlined by the Service. The C&P; Service Chief is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the C&P; CNP, covering both clinical and administrative aspects of the work, with the concurrence of the VA Northern California Health Care System Associate Chief Nurse. Additionally, the C&P; CNP attends all mandatory annual review programs and takes responsibility for attending in-service and continuing education activities.
The C&P; Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) is a graduate of a NLN accredited School of Nursing prepared at the Masters Degree level in nursing with practitioner certificate, and maintains full and current Specialty certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The C&P; CNP will have a current, full, active and unrestricted license as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The C&P; CNP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA. A minimum of three (3) years of recent experience as Nurse Practitioner is required. Due to the nature of this position, demonstrated skills as an independent nurse practitioner in adult physical examinations in a general medical setting are required. Experience in performing disability / fitness for duty / workers compensation exams is highly desired. BLS required.
- Not Required
- 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.
- Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
- 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 Bachelors 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 Bachelors 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 Bachelors 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; 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field 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. 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: 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.
Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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: $90,707.00 to $131,496.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Current Federal employees
Control Number: 449465400
Job Announcement Number: 612-16-SG-1793003-BU