The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at the Fort Dodge Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) functions in a clinical role to provide Veteran care and promote patient-centered interdisciplinary approaches to those individuals referred to Primary Care services at VACIHCS in accordance with standards of VHA and other accrediting bodies. The Fort Dodge Nurse Practitioner duties are performed on a routine and repetitive basis and include, but are not limited to the following: - Perform initial physical examinations on new patients collecting information regarding the history of the chief complaint and completes a physical examination, to develop and implement an appropriate level of expertise regarding Primary Care evaluation & treatment. - Manages ongoing treatment of follow-up patients, consulting with the Primary Care as appropriate based upon the NP's experience and delegation of duties. - Coordinates care for Primary Care patients, ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, performs patient education regarding ongoing care of Primary Care needs, prescribes medications and products as appropriate. - Places orders for diagnostic tests (e.g. MRI, ABI, orthotics, X-rays, bone scans etc.), and evaluates test results / reports. - Coordinates clinic and providers schedules to maximize clinic efficiency and Veteran access to care. - Coordinates pre-operative work-up for operative patients and arranges for them to be put on the OR schedule. - Evaluates, treats and triages walk-in or add-on outpatients on a daily basis. Manages inpatient care as requested, making rounds, recording their medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, changing patient orders as appropriate, and notifying the admitting physician of significant changes in the patient's condition. - Provides education and counseling to patients and families regarding preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and drugs. - Obtain surgical I-med consents in person and by recorded phone conversation for those procedures identified by the physician performing the procedure as appropriate. - If determined appropriate, participate in Primary Care after-hours call as delegated by Associate Chief of Staff Specialty Care Medicine. - Prescribes medications as appropriate for patients. -Administrative duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Administrative days, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Incentives: Recruitment or relocation incentives are not authorized for this position Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 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. CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend. Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. Contract: No Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.