Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner (PA/NP) Cardiology section at the Durham VA Medical Center whose primary areas of responsibility will managing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patients in an outpatient setting. . This PA/NP will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This individual is delegated the authority and responsibility in his/her area of expertise to assume major clinical, consultative, educational, research, and administrative duties and assignments related to the care of cardiology patients. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties: The following description covers the most significant duties performed but does not exclude other responsibilities, which may be assigned.
The following items cover the most significant duties performed but do not exclude other responsibilities which may be assigned.
1.Primary responsibility will be disease manage of Congestive Heart Failure patients in an outpatient setting. May also be responsible for pre catheterization and post revascularization evaluation of patients. 2.Promotes, directs, evaluates and is responsible for the management of safe patient care to cardiology. 3.Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team to assess and monitor cardiology patients. 4.Facilitates patient's entry and exit from various health care systems by establishing and maintaining liaison with a variety of medical specialists and associated staff. 5.Utilizes and promotes approved standards of care, procedures, methods and techniques, safety precautions, and protocols in their application to the electrophysiology patient population in all settings. 6.Collaborates with other health care resources to ensure continuity of care. 7.Keeps abreast of latest trends, skills, procedures, and protocols relevant in the area of specialty and serves as a resource person for the medical center staff.
Administrative 1.Appropriately screen consults for congestive heart failure, and other cardiology services. Assesses patient acuity, initiates and appropriately schedules evaluations. 2.Manages and maintains consult tracking package for chf clinic 3.Monitors laboratory and pathology evaluations for the outpatient cardiology population in this clinic. . 4.Completes patient's disability and insurance forms as needed. 5.Arranges for cardiology procedures and interventions with the Radiology and Surgery Services.
3. Education/Research 1.Promotes and participates in the delivery of patient and family health and cardiology education. 2.Participates, directs, and provides opportunities for staff development through in-service education as needed. 3.Assures self-development responsibilities and maintains current knowledge of trends in electrophysiology and clinical medicine. 4.Trains residents in the preparation of patients, selection of methods, and performance of various forms of cardiac testing. 5.Participates in Cardiology Section's clinical research programs when appropriate.
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday0700 - 1730
Functional Statement Title:Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner Qualifications: 1. Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 2.Nurse Practitioners appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
3. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 1) The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 2) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs. (b) [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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment.
4.Licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the ACEN 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.
Physician Assistant Qualifications: 1. Must be a citizen of the United States. 2. Must have a bachelor's degree from a Physician Assistant Training Program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health related science OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsmen, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years. 3. Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), 7407(d).
1.Minimum of two years of successful practice as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant with at least 2 years ofcardiology experience. 2.Demonstrated ability to coordinate care for rheumatology clinic patients with other interdisciplinary staff 3.Demonstrated evidence of leadership potential with an emphasis on skills in interpersonal relationships, program development, critical thinking, and problem solving 4.Documented evidence of successful professional practice with progressively complex patients and / or assignments 5.Demonstrated ability to use computer systems in support of patient care delivery 6.Demonstrated excellence in written/verbal communication, time management and working with an interdisciplinary team 7.Prior VA experience and working with Veterans
Preferred Education and Certification:
Physician Assistant -
1. Masters in Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner -
1. MSN with Adult, Family or Geriatric NP or DNP,
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.
Reference:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendices G6 Nurse Qualification Standard and G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. These can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:The 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 Veterans and objects may be required.May be required to don protective equipment in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. Responsible for the reprocessing of reusable medical equipment, according to the medical center policies.Required to use available safe patient handling lifting devices in all clinical areas. May also be exposed to Veterans who are combative, secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other(VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists or VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations) *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
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