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Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Mishawaka
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Job Description:

VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System is accepting applications for an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) .Selectees will work independently during clinic hours in the Primary Care (PACT) unit.

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and/or the closing date, whichever event occurs first; consequently, the position may be filled before the posted closing date.IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.The Primary Care NP assists with the total care of the patient's medical needs by performing history and physical exams, ordering appropriate lab tests, and evaluating those tests, to ensure quality care of the patient. This will also include providing preventive medicine services, managing chronic disease problems and providing outpatient follow-up as needed.

Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Performing initial medical histories and physical examinations.
  • Providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients.
  • Managing medical problems to include writing orders for medications for stable medical conditions and treating minor illness; ordering laboratory tests; ordering imaging tests; adhering diets and over-the-counter medications and supplies; reviewing diagnostic tests; reports and consults.
  • Observing and recording patient's medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, and changing orders when appropriate. Notifying the responsible Physician of significant changes in the patient's condition, in such cases there must be documentation of consultation with the supervising Physician. 'Notes and Orders' do not routinely have to be co-signed. The Nurse Practitioner may be delegated to document the discharge summary, but the supervising Physician must write the discharge note or co-sign the discharge summary.
  • Write prescriptions in accordance with Federal and State law and as allowed by the Scope of Practice.
  • Acting of clinical reminders.
  • Performing medication reconciliation.
  • Carrying out health promotion and disease prevention activities, including education or patient, family, and staff.


    Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the Service.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be available to highly qualified candidate.

    This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements upon selection.

    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.
    • 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 AND nurse practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
      • 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.


        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.


          References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

          Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Mishawaka , Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Healthcare , Mishawaka, Indiana

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