Registered Nurse Practitioner - Geriatrics

Reno, NV
Aug 11, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Responsibilities/General Description:

The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Nurse Practitioner is a professional Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) who uses the nursing process and evidence-based practice to work collaboratively with a team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient) in developing the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The NP is a member of the HBPC team and the lead provider for the HBPC Special Population PACT providing diagnosis and treatment. The NP provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's goals. The NP is prepared in advanced practice across the health continuum. This practice includes independent and interdependent decision-making and direct accountability for clinical judgment. The NP role includes participating in and use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management and consultation. The NP provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's goals. Nurse Ill Scope of Practice: Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. (VA Handbook 5005)

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive NOT authorized

Relocation expenses NOT authorized

Work Schedule: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, to include on call hours as needed

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner - Geriatrics
This position is in the bargaining unit


  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position.
  • Registration - Current, full, active and unrestricted registration 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 RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTScan be met as follows:

  1. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), OR
  2. 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, OR
  3. 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.

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.


  • Licensed Independent Practitioner
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff, clinicians and administrators throughout the facilities and community organizations.
  • Two to three years increasingly complex nursing experience.
  • Proven leadership, self-direction, and a high degree of motivation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and adapt to varying patient care needs.
  • Evidence of assessment and documentation skills.
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data.
  • Certification by a national nurse practitioner certifying body.

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.

Grade Determinations:
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.

* 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: In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching, and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform clinical and administrative activities.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1980662.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.