Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (Palliative Care) (External) in Shreveport, Louisiana

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

Opened Tuesday 9/20/2016 (36 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is a Nurse Practitioner position in Medical Service in the Palliative Care Unit at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA. Vacancy Identification Number: 1805464

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.

Shreveport, Louisiana stands prepared to offer you the ‘lagniappe', which means a little something extra! Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana is situated on the Red River in northwest Louisiana. Commonly known as the ‘Ark-La-Tex', the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is home to Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses, beautiful housing areas, churches, and great schools. With a population of nearly 400,000 in the city's metropolitan region, the area promises much to while maintaining a reasonable cost of living and an excellent, temperate climate. You'll enjoy a unique combination of two great American heritages: a little Cajun, and since we're less than 15 minutes from the Texas border, a little Lone Star, too. Shreveport-Bossier boasts elegant Southern charm and a relaxed attitude that suggests you kick your boots off and stay a while to enjoy year-round festivals, Vegas-style gaming, great local diningexperiences, live music and family attractions.

*This job opportunity announcement is open to US Citizens ONLY. If you are an internal VA employee, please apply via JOA # YE-16-CB-1805740-BU .*

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.


Overton Brooks VAMC is recruiting a full-time Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to support the Inpatient Services at this facility. The nurse practitioner should demonstrate the ability to work well with a large, diverse and dedicated patient care staff.

Duties include: The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner reports to the Section Chief of General Internal Medicine. The incumbent is accountable for:

  • Providing palliative care consultation, management and follow-up care for a prescribed number of patients with an emphasis on pain and symptom management, coping with advanced illness, goals of care planning and the coordination of care across the continuum of health care;

  • Adhering to the established policies, standards of care and practice and achieving the goals for the Clinical Guidelines and Prevention Indicators as well as utilizing advanced skills in assessment, problem identification and clarification, treatment, planning and implementation of the patient's treatment plan;

  • Providing consultation on both the inpatient palliative care consult service, home-based and/or the outpatient programs;

  • Working in collaboration with other members of the palliative care team to improve the quality of care delivered to veterans.

On-call responsibilities may occur, proportionally shared with other full-time physicians and advanced practice professionals in the service. The successful incumbent will have a record of accomplishments clinically, academically, and/or administratively.

Work Schedule:* *Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (May be required to work unscheduled hours and occasional weekends)

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner (Palliative Care), 000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Graduate of Professional Nursing School (NLNAC or CCNE)
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Full, Unrestricted, Current Licensure required.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen


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

. Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia AND appropriate licensure as a Nurse Practitioner.

. Current, full, active and unrestricted certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association (ANA) or another nationally recognized certifying body.

. Bachelors of Science Degree (BSN) and a Master's degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Council (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

. 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)

*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.

Experience 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.

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: 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: Standing, walking, lifting light loads, assisting patients with positioning and transfers. Must be able to use a computer to input orders, review reports etc. Must be able to communicate directions and patient orders. Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with bio hazardous materials.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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

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: $58,665.00 to $120,916.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 450991300

Job Announcement Number: YE-16-CB-1805464-BU