This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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 (Not Required): 1. Completed a residency in Primary Care or Family Medicine 2. Minimum of 5 years practice as a NP in Primary Care or Family Practice 3. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 4. Unrestricted DEA license 5. Prior VHA experience 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 III - Master's degree in nursing (MSN) and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - Master's degree in nursing 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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. 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Straight pulling; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking Standing Repeated bending Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional / Mental stability under stress; Typing/ computer work. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Duties may be included, but are not limited to: Functions as the Provider Team leader of their Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), Ambulatory Care Services, Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) setting at Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS). May perform additional duties (temporary or permanent) as a gap provider (face-to-face or virtually) if and when those duties are assigned. Responsible for providing medical care in an outpatient setting following PACT principles. Will routinely provide medical care using Face-to-Face(F2F), VVC, and/or Telephone appointments. When performing duties as a float provider (F2F or telehealth) for remote patients, will provide care to outreach clinics as needed. Float provider duties (temporary or permanent) may, in limited circumstances, require travel to the supported CBOC(s) periodically to cover a provider vacancy. Assures Veterans receive compassionate, efficient and safe patient care in their respective care line. Assures clinical care provided meets all timelines and required documentation as required by VA. Providers must review alerts daily and have no more than 200 alerts at any given time. They must encounter their notes within 72 hours. Encounter errors must be completed within 7 days. Participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings to achieve a patient centered, holistic approach for clinical care and needs of the Veteran. This includes daily and weekly huddles with your PACT. Attend either virtually or in person all Primary Care statewide meetings and whenever possible, participates in the clinical and teaching activities at MTVAHCS Ambulatory Care statewide meetings. Comply with all directives and policies related to space management to achieve optimal resource utilization (space, professional and administrative) to maximize clinic utilization within the PACT model. Excellence in meeting national and VISN 19 patient safety goals, Participate in PACT huddles and manage your PACT patients with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and mental health disorders (HEDIS) with the goal to reduce your PACT metrics and obtain excellence of HEDIS metrics, Excellence in ORYX (Joint Commission) measures. Medical Knowledge (evidence-based medicine), Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Systems-Based Practice. Practice the principles of the MTVA's Civility in the Workplace policy. Promote civility, through your actions, among employees and the Veterans we serve and actively participate in an environment where people from all walks of life embrace and practice respect, courtesy and consideration. Through your actions, maintain a workplace that is effective and productive. Support civil interactions with peers, colleagues & staff that create the best possible environment for providing excellent care to Veterans. Practice courteous and positive communication without belittling, being rude, and showing hostile behavior. Skill in handling crisis situations, effectively calming involved parties and resolving conflicts. Ability to promote good public relations with patient care and associated services for patients. Being able to provide service recovery with patient conflicts and relations with the PACT Team. Thorough knowledge and understanding of VA and medical center regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to eligibility, treatment, medical records and the privacy act (HIPAA). Knowledge of clinical practices and medical care terminology, in order to communicate effectively with staff and patients, and to understand the objectives, organization and procedures of a large clinical service. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (MST) EDRP Authorized: Contact, Theresa.Collette@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.