Nurse Practitioner

Location
Boston, MA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 09, 2018
Closes
Feb 09, 2018
Specialty
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Financial Discloser Report: Not Required
The Nurse Practitioner is a professional nurse with advanced clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles in advanced cardiac valve disease. She/he is accountable for the management and evaluation of patient care under her/his care. She/he holds clinical privileges and practices in collaboration with a physician. The Nurse Practitioner provides and oversees the care of cardiology valve patients under the supervision of the Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery faculty. The care provided may include inpatient care service when patients are admitted and during discharge to assure smooth transitions and liaison with Primary Care Providers and consultants, tele-health and home care agencies. The Nurse Practitioner will primarily function as the cardiac valve NP for the transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program. The NP will provide guidance and continuity for the cardiology and cardiac surgery teams in their provision of care to patients. She/he will help the teams to address all aspects of care including ensuring adequate imaging and other preliminary studies are completed and available for the teams, prescribing medications for inpatients and outpatients who are evaluated by the TAVR and Valve clinic teams, and planning discharge for patients who have had the TAVR procedure. The NP will promote safe practices as well as the encouragement of effective use of V.A. resources. In addition, the NP may interact and help in the provision of other cardiology care by the other cardiology NPs. The Nurse Practitioner is prepared by advanced practice in adult health care across the health continuum. This practice includes independent and interdependent decision making, and direct accountability for clinical judgment. Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the NPs role, which includes: participating in and use of research; and development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation. The NP should have experience as a cardiology NP and preferably with experience in managing cardiac valve disease.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
3-5 YEARS WORK EXPERIENCE
stated candidates should have experience as a Cardiology NP/PA and preferably with experience in managing Cardiac Valve Disease.

Basic Requirements:
1. Citizen of the U.S.
2. Possess and maintain full and current certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses.
3. Must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State:
4. 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 by the applicant. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), which accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm .
OR
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and master's degree programs. Additional information may be obtained from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs .
OR
In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration and the possession of a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)] will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Additional information may be obtained from http://www.cgfns.org/.

5. Nurse Practitioners. 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 ACNE or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

References: Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
Experience as a NP 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.

GRADE AND STEP WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 1 to 3.NOTE: This position is an NAGE Bargaining Unit position.Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service.
NOTE: Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Nurse Professional Standards Board..
NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Physical Requirements:
1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently
3. Repeated bending
4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)
5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
6. Stooping (intermittently
7. Squatting (intermittently)
8. Kneeling (occasionally)
9. Use of both arms
10. Use of both hands
11. Use of fingers
12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)
13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)
14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)
15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)
16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online on-boarding process.To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume
Transcripts
License
Certification

VA Form 10-2850A can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. required upon selection

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

Cover Letter
DD214 member 4
Performance Evaluation
SF-15
VA Disability Letter

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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