Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions as the Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC) Coordinator for VA Northern California Health Care System HPC Program and works in conjunction with other members of the HPC team.
This Program is designed to provide palliative care consultation to patients and their families, in the outpatient clinic setting and as needed in the inpatient setting, who are facing a life-threatening illness.
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.
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.
Master's degree from an accredited school of nursing recognized by the VA (commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Meet the requirements for VA Prescriptive Authority.
A current National certification in any of the following: Adult NP or Family NP or Gero.
Preferred Experience: Recent experience in Palliative Care to include experience in initiating and participating in end of life discussions with patients and families, facilitating family conferences and goals of care discussions.
Recent experience in case management.
National Certification in specialty are: Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) or obtained within 1 year from date of hire (required).
Two (2) years of increasingly complex clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner and working with medically complex elders; have evidence of leadership, motivation, and self-direction; have a comprehensive understanding of the assessment and evaluation requirements; utilize databases to acquire clinical information, and work effectively with an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to exercise critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills in a high stress environment.
Current proficiency in Basic Life Support BLS through the American Heart Association (Required prior to assuming clinical duties and must remain current -VHA Directive 11-77).
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 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.
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:nUse and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health.
Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Salary: 93K-159K Per Year
How to Apply
Please follow the application procedure at www.usajobs.gov for more info.
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