The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS)Geriatrics and Extended CareAdvanced Practice RegisteredNurse (APRN) will serve as the primary care provider with physician collaboration for the Veterans in Long Term Care setting at the North Little Rock VA Medical Center campus. TheAPRN roles in the Long TermCare setting include both clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner duties. The APRN provides direct and indirect patient care that includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, and treatment of health problems, both independently and as member of the interdisciplinary team (geriatrician, nursing, pharmacy, social work, dietician, psychologist, therapists, etc.). In addition to clinical practice, the APRN role includes education, teamworkand consultation.The selected APRN functions independently, as guided byhis/her scope of practice commensurate with training, demonstrated expertise, and licensure. The APRN collaborates with an assigned physician and works with other multi-disciplinary health care providers at CAVHS. The APRN reports to the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care (ACOS-GEC). The APRN willserve as a liaison throughout the continuum of care between clinical and administrative services and other health care services within the VA and community agencies. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to these duties:
1.Needs assessment of Veterans and/or Caregivers in outpatient and/or inpatient settings. .
2.Inpatient medicalcare including screening patients for admission.
3. Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate program and/or service activities.
4. Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others.
5. Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact client and staff, including initiating and
participation in ethics consultations.
6. Assists with management of program resources (financial, human, material, or information) to facilitate safe, effective and
7. Acts as a consultant in clinical practice.
8.Other assigned responsibilities based on organizational needs and employee competence as assigned by immediate
Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, some flexibility will be considered per organizational needs and employee preferences.
Functional Statement Title/#:000000BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
- 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 in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
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.
Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN).
Current prescriptive authorityin the State of Arkansas.
Certification as an Adult or Adult/Geri/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
Two (2) years of recent successful Advanced Practice (APRN) nursing experience.
Case Management experience is strongly preferred.
Basic computer skills, including Excel and Power Point.
Working knowledge of The Joint Commission (JC) accreditation process. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs); Kneeling; Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)
Walking (2-4 hrs); Standing (2-6 hrs)
Use of fingers; Use of both hands
Near vision correctable; Far vision correctable
Depth perception; Hearing (aide permitted)
Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work
Current Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Registered Nurses must submit the following documents in your application packet to be considered for this position:
1. CV or Resume
2. Current Supervisory Reference - Must be from immediate reporting official/annual evaluator
All others must provide a complete Application package which includes:
1.CV or Resume
2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&amp;amp;amp;tkey=&amp;amp;amp;Action=Search)
3.Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf)
4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Form 214
5. Current Supervisory Reference - Must be from immediate reporting official/annual evaluator. (Available at http://www.littlerock.va.gov/careers/nursing/nursing_applications.asp)
6. BLS Certification
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2016216.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.