Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner - Women's Health in Syracuse, New York
Summary The Syracuse VAMC is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner, preferably with experience in Women's Health and program management, to work in our Women's Health Clinic. Responsibilities MAJOR DUTIES: Serves in a dual capacity as Medical Director for Women's Health, NCHCS, and also serves as a skilled ambulatory care medicine physicians assistant, board certified in any specialty. The incumbent is a skilled ambulatory care medicine physicians assistant with a concentration on Women's Health under the Chief of Medicine with delegated responsibility for administering, coordinating, evaluating, recommending and/or developing program guidelines and policies. Represent the facility, NCHCS, on aspects of Women's Health and has authority to collaborate with central office on matters in the specialized program area. The NCHCS Women's Health mission involves supporting a growing workforce at all NCHCS locations, which is characterized as having potential need to serve lead consult for and complex Women's Health problems. Serve as liaison between Women's Health and other departments to build working partnerships to develop Comprehensive Care Centers within NCHCS for Women.In addition, duties require exceptional Women's Health clinical skills; detailed knowledge of NCHCS structure, policies, and procedures; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; as well as a good working knowledge of the VA.1.As a primary care physicians assistant, the incumbent diagnoses and treats a large variety of acute and chronic medical conditions of ambulatory and women's health. Determines the need for a variety of diagnostic procedures and orders lab tests, X-rays, and other procedures necessary to complete medical facts on the case; interprets results and makes diagnosis of disease or disorder: and prescribes course of treatment, to include referral when appropriate. Provides gender specific care services including, but not limited to vaginal exams, pap smears and breast exams. (75%)2. Serves as Medical Director for Women's Health. Works as team with Women's Veteran's Program Manager to ensure the highest quality of care is offered to female veteran patients. Responsibilities include maintaining the Women's Health Program with the responsibility of overseeing the operation of the Women's Health Clinics. The incumbent also works as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and directs the work of subordinate Women's Health physicians, Physicians Assistants and Health Technicians. Provides complete medical and managerial support to the Chief of Medicine concerning the facilities Women's Health Program. Implements and coordinates continuous appraisal and evaluation of plans, status and correction in terms which are identified with Women's Health program requirements, objectives, schedules, cost and utilization of resources. Works closely with Women's Veteran for the VA Women's Program from central office. Appraises and evaluates significant differences between actual and recommended program requirements of the Women's Health Program. Recommends corrective counts of action when imbalances occur in major Women's Health projects. Reviews and analyzes policies, procedures and relationships as they pertain to the Women's Health Program and the capability of meeting commitments. Oversees the preparation, review and submission of documents and data required by NCHCS or VACO. Shares responsibility with the Women's Veteran Program Manager for overseeing the implementation of the various VA Women's Health requirements for meeting performance measures. Improve or simplify the Women's Health Program operations or reduce costs or improve clinic efficiency whenever possible. Provides guidance and assistance to Women's Health physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Ensures employees maintain the Women's Health database used for patient appointment reminders and to insure timely follow-up. Chairs monthly meetings for Women's Health providers and staff. Maintains awareness of and adopts a positive stance towards performance improvement programs. (25%) 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: Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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: Women's Health 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience. Nurse V - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor's degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience. 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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician Assistant under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. Education 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. 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