Nurse Practitioner – Home Based Primary and Palliative Care Program for Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration in Decatur, GA

Author - October 28, 2017

The Nurse Practitioner position described is that of a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the Home Based Primary & Palliative Care (HBPPC) Program in the Geriatrics, Extended Care, & Rehabilitation Service Line. The NP is a primary healthcare provider who has advanced education, competencies, and skills in the holistic assessment and treatment of identified populations (including adult, middle aged, and geriatric), individuals, families, and groups; as well as the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. The HBPPC NP is responsible for providing health promotion, prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses to patients in his or her place of residence. The NP works autonomously and in collaboration with the HBPPC Physician to diagnose and manage patients’ health care problems. S/he is obligated to ongoing, comprehensive evaluation and improvement of clinical practice and health care delivery systems to meet the needs of adult/geriatric clients (e.g. individuals, significant others, and/or communities). As members of a dynamic profession in a rapidly changing health care environment, the NP must base practice on current and anticipated trends in health care and be committed to lifelong professional growth and learning. Teaching and counseling individuals, families, and groups are major parts of the NP’s activities. The Nurse Practitioner provides quality care that meets interdisciplinary consultant, and patient advocate.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirements:
A. (1) US Citizenship (2) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. (3) Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a registered professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.  (4) Applicants must meet physical standards for the position.  A physical examination prior to placement may be required.  RN’s appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

B. Masters Degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program and approximately 2-3 experience, or Doctoral Degree in nursing or related field from a regionally accredited university or college and approximately 2-3 years experience.

C. Current unrestricted licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in any US state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia, as well as national certification as a Nurse Practitioner.

D. Meet administrative requirements for appointment under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73.

E. Meet performance standards of Nurse II and preceding grades.

Nurse I Level I – An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

Nurse I Level II – An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

Nurse I Level III – An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

Nurse II – A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master’s degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

Nurse III – Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

Applicant’s successful nursing practice and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

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