Nurse Practitioner (Compensation & Pension/Registry)

Tucson, AZ
Nov 14, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

As a Nurse Practitioner at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in the Administrative Medicine Service Line you will perform any combination of the following,depending on the needs of the facility:

  • Complete VA disability examinations ("Compensation & Pension Exams") and reports in accordance with national VA guidelines.
  • Provide intake examinations to establish care and focused care visits for established patients.
  • Provide focused follow up care for established patients, which may include primary care
  • Examine patients and establish medical diagnoses
  • Order, perform, and interpret labs, radiographic and other diagnostic tests
  • Complete VA disability examinations ("Compensation & Pension Exams") and reports in accordance with national VA guidelines
  • Identify, develop implement and evaluate a plan of care for patients
  • Prescribe medications
  • Collaborate with other health care profession, administrative personnel, and management in a team setting
  • Document medical information in a computerized patient record system (computer and typing proficiencies are required).
  • Provide for patient coverage for providers on leave
  • Complete and provide documentation related to immunizations, certifications, etc., necessary to comply with privileging
  • Communicate and treat customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner
  • Identify age-related differences of the various veteran populations served
  • Ensure medical documentation meets VA standards and established time frames for completion
  • Recognize and respond effectively to emergencies.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday,8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner VN-0610-II-III


  • Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE; ANP/FNP/ACNP-BC or AGACNP-BC Certification; active/unrestricted NP licensure with prescribing authority.
  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 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; 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 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.

Must provide a written statement into the privileging (scopes in Tucson) which attests to the candidate's experience and time in practice, the types of procedures, and what the NP will do to maintain skills in this area of practice.

RequiredExperience: 2 years of Nurse Practitioner experience delivering care to adult patients in a Primary Care or a Geriatric setting.

PreferredExperience: Disability examination experience.

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.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light lifting (under 15 pounds); moderate carrying (15 to 44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); straight pulling up to 4 hours; pulling hand over hand up to 2 hours; pushing up to 2 hours; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; using both hands required. Walking and standing up to 8 hours. Kneeling up to 2 hours; use of both legs; rapid mental and 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. Have depth perception, hearing (aid permitted), have emotional stability, and the ability to wear a respirator.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses)

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

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (required) Available at:

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website:


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 2011285.

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.

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