The Nurse Practitioner (Wound Care) functions as an independent practitioner, as well as function in a variety of roles in collaboration with other health care professionals. He/she is a direct care provider in the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service whose responsibilities may also include education, research, consultation and administrative roles. 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. Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. On and after March 17, 2009, registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications. This includes employees appointed before March 17, 2009, who obtain such qualifications on or after March 17, 2009. 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. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.] Clinical Nurse Specialists. A clinical nurse specialist must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE and maintain full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected. 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 and approximately 2-3 year's 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. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. This VA is an interdisciplinary teaching facility, providing medical, surgical, mental health, and long-term care of inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["The Nurse III Advanced Practice Nurse Wound/Ostomy Nurse Practitioner (NP) practices in the inpatient and outpatient clinic setting. The NP is academically and clinically prepared to perform a broad spectrum of patient care services at the expert level and possesses additional training in skin, wound and ostomy care. The NP functions independently and maintains ongoing collaboration with physicians, peers and appropriate others on the healthcare team and within the community. The NP provides direct and indirect patient care the includes consultations, assessments, diagnosis, education, planning, and treatments of wounds, skin and ostomies. The NP provides ongoing management of patients with actual or potential skin breakdown. The Wound/Ostomy NP will serve as the facility consultant for the use of specialty care beds, wound care products, and coordinate any trials of wound care treatments. The NP will develop educational programs related to wound and skin care, chair the facility skin care team (SWAT: skin wound assessment team), make appropriate recommendations to facility practitioners, and maintain trending data for quality improvement opportunities. The NP may initiate consults and referrals to other health care team members, prescribe medications/supplies and therapies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary, State regulations and scope of practice. The NP role also includes research in addition to clinical practice. The Nurse Practitioner (Wound-Care) requires VA Approved Wound Care Certification. The following are some of the most well-known wound care certification boards: -American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) -Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Board (WOCNCB) -National Alliance Wound Care Ostomy (NAWCO) Preferred Experience: VA Approved Wound Certification Required for selection Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Application Reminder: Its highly recommended to submit Application for Nurse - VA Form 10-2850a alongside with your CV/Resume. Your CV/Resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title Duties (be as detailed as possible) Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Please be aware that your answers to the assessment questionnaire will be verified against information provided on your CV/Resume. Be sure that your CV/Resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. If licensure information is not included in CV/Resume, please submit a document that lists the state, license number, and expiration date for all licensure ever held. It is recommended VA Form 306 submitted to prevent delays in qualification, selection and on-boarding. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications."]
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