Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner, Surgical Service, Inpatient Units in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Philadelphia, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/14/2016 (37 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1800557

This announcement is open until filled. Candidates will be referred to the selecting official after 9/28/16 and then as needed until the position is filled.

This vacancy may also be filled by a Certified Physician Assistant and is also announced for Physician Assistants to apply under PHL-16-JHo-1800590-BU in USAJOBS.GOV.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


The incumbent of this position will function as a Nurse Practitioner for the Surgical Service In-Patient Units at the Crescenz VA Medical Center. The Nurse Practitioner is credentialed and privileged through the Medical Staff Office Supervisor under the auspices of the Chief of Staff in accordance with Medical Staff Bylaws.

She/he provides direct patient care: Performs acts of medical diagnosis; initiates, regulates and modifies treatments and therapeutic regimens in consultation with a physician for the medical component. Writes prescriptions as an adjunct to medical and nursing management for actual or potential health problems; Initiates patient referrals to clinical services and consults with these services regarding the appropriate follow-up or management.

She/he participates in ongoing educational activities related to clinical knowledge and professional issues and seeks experiences that reflect current clinical practice in order to maintain current clinical skills and competence. The nurse practitioner shares knowledge and skills with colleagues' and interacts with colleagues to enhance one's own professional nursing practice

She/he participates in quality of care activities as appropriate to the practitioner's education and position. Such activities may include: Identification of aspects of care important for quality monitoring, analysis of quality data to identify opportunities for improving care. She/he develops policies, procedures and practice guidelines to improve quality of care.

Tour of Duty: 12 hour shifts ( 10 hour shifts during 6 weeks of orientation)

Day shift with rotation to evening and night shift as needed. Weekend and Holidays as needed.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Prior to employment, the CRNP must be reviewed and approved by the Professional Standards Board.

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.

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 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. 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.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • ACLS and BLS from the American Heart Association or the Military Training Network is required prior to assuming clinical duties.


At least two (2) years of professional NP experience caring for patients in an in-patient or acute care setting.

Strong computer, assessment, and teaching skills.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN/NP will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.


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; religious; 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:

Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following abilities: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pound, use of fingers/ both hands are required, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours, both legs are required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted). Environmental Factors required: Working with hands in water, working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $80,601.00 to $123,182.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450370100

Job Announcement Number: PHL-16-JHo-1800557-BU