Infectious Disease Registered Nurse Practitioner (Subspecialty HIV)
Administrative/Coordinator Duties continued:
* Act as a resource for nursing and medical service personnel who require information on current HIV/AIDS care management, primary care and screening. This may include formal educational activities such as presentations, lectures, information booths, or forums/panels.
* Assist the Team with the development of patient education materials and information on HIV-specific community resources
* Auditing and reviewing reports from the HIV Clinical Cube on at least a quarterly basis. Training materials provided by HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions Programs (HHRC) regarding utilization of the HIV Clinical Cube, the data source for Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) allocation, which can be utilized as a local population management tool to optimize, audit, and report on management of sexually transmitted infection (STI), Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP), and HIV.
* Involvement in ongoing quality improvement activities within the HIV Program, or at the facility level when pertinent to the HIV Care Cascade (HIV prevention, testing, linkage to care, treatment, maintenance in HIV care).
* Provide input into VHA strategic planning processes in attainment of organizational goals, when appropriate.
1. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
2. Education: Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies: recognized by the VA Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
3. Condition of Employment: A Nurse Practitioner (NP) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse practitioner in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the NP is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the NP has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA. The NP must have one of the following national board certifications:
4. English Language Proficiency: RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
5. 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; OR a 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 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; OR a 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 and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
1. Current proficiency in Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
2. Two (2) years of increasingly complex clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner
3. Knowledge and experience in managing HIV, with or without experience in Infectious Diseases
4. Formal training or credentialing in HIV (e.g. American Academy of HIV Medicine: AAHIVS/AAHIVE)
5. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
6. Demonstrates leadership ability including self-direction, problem solving, critical thinking and Small Project management skills
7 Demonstrates ability to independently manage a panel of patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), with or without Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other complex, chronic care issues, based on advanced clinical knowledge/judgment, best available evidence and accepted national guidelines
8. Demonstrates ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships with all levels of medical center personnel
9. Demonstrates interest and ability in promoting staff and patient education
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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Education
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.