The Nurse Practitioner Ophthalmology position is located in the Surgery/Ophthalmology Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. 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. Preferred Experience: 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. 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 NLNAC 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. Certification in one of the following areas will be accepted Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (ACNP-BC) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGACN-BC) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gero (ACNP-AG) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Certified (ACNPC) Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) Adult-Gero Primary Care NP-Certified (ANP-C) Adult Nurse Practitioner-Certified (ANP-C) Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Certified (GNP-C) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gero (ACNP-AG) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Certified (ACNPC) Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all fulltime, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. This position requires that you are able to lift at least 50 lbs. 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 organizational needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual Influenza vaccination, TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["Nurse Practitioners Ophthalmology in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) support the Ophthalmology Section in examination, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling, and demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. The Nurse Practitioner demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. The advanced nurse is responsible for the documented outcomes at the program level. The nurse practitioner demonstrates abilities to lead and organize delivery of care, ensure continuity of care and access. The applicant uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgement to promote staff involvement in planning, decision making and evaluating outcomes using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. The NP assists with coordinating and monitoring the required COVID-19 testing for surgical candidates. The NP position performs head to toe assessment during H & P exams. The NP position utilizes knowledge/skills to obtain a pathway to surgery, and therefore better surgical outcomes by focusing on veteran specific issues like diabetes and hypertension. The NP communicates with Primary Care when better control is needed. The NP orders and interprets diagnostic studies with relation to pre surgical clearance. The NP orders consults to other services when screening during pre surgical clearance. - Perioperative evaluation of surgical patients - Completes history & physical exam - Prescribes medicines, develops treatment plan, refers as needed. - Directs and coordinates provision of healthcare services. - Performs EKG. - Prepares reports for Surgical Service - Place medication refill orders - Review no show lists and place return to clinic orders - Monitor various VA reports VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday -Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Telework: Not available Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay Schedule: NF97"]
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