Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant-Primary Care CBOCs
Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cedar Park
Posted on: June 18, 2020
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the
largest integrated health care systems in the Department of
Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and
Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in
Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.
TEXAS HAS NO STATE TAXES!!
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For
further information, visit:
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy
Carrying (45 lbs and over); Pushing(1 hour); Use of fingers; Both
hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3
hours);Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Both legs required; 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; ability
to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of
colors; Hearing (aid permitted)
The major duties of this position include, but are not limited
- Perform histories and physical examinations on
- Order appropriate diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests,
x-rays, and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
- Provide assessments and create and execute treatment
- The supervising physician will review and counter sign at least
10% of all progress notes.
- Provide ongoing outpatient care for assigned patients.
- Determine need for further care.
- Prescribe medications within defined scope of practice.
- Initiate, respond to, and expedite requests for consultations,
special tests, and studies.
- Provide education and counseling of patients and families in
preventative care, medical diagnoses, and use of prescribed
treatments and medications.
- Provide comprehensive care to women veterans including age
appropriate screening physical examinations such as pap testing,
Backup services are available at the local and VA emergency
departments (including but not limited to surgery, psychiatry, and
medical subspecialties). Patients who require admission to the
inpatient wards will be transported to the nearest VA facility or
non-VA facility as clinically appropriate. No inpatient duties will
The advanced practice provider may rarely be required to work
unaccompanied but may request assistance from other medical staff
at the nearest VA Medical Center when needed.
The facility is fully computerized and computer skills are
required. Special training will be provided to utilize. VA
electronic medical record technology.
The advanced practice provider will have minimal administrative
duties including attendance at staff and team meetings, committee
meetings, and occasional peer review evaluations. However, time
will be provided outside of assigned clinical duties to complete
Preferred Experience: 3 years of primary care experience.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Shifts may
occasionally deviate from the usual 8 AM to 4:30 PM shift
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Recruitment/Relocation: Not AuthorizedTo qualify for this position,
applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be
proficient in spoken written English as required by 38 U.S.C.
- Must pass pre-employment physical.
Nurse Practitioner Qualifications: In order to qualify, applicants
must meet all of qualifications listed below:
- 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
- Master's Degree from a program approved by the appropriate
State-accrediting agency and accredited by 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
- 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
- Must 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
Physician Assistant Qualifications: In order to qualify, applicants
must meet all of the qualifications listed below:
- Graduate of a PA training program or a surgical assistant
program which is accredited by the ARC-PA or one of its predecessor
organizations, AND Possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an
accredited PA training program or in another health sciences
related field from an accredited college or university recognized
by the US Department of Education or area current VA employee that
was hired as a Physician Assistant prior to September 5, 2014.
- A Current and continuous certification by the National
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is
required for employment in VHA
- As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission
on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement
for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-certified
PAs on VA rolls as of that date.
Nurse 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
- 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
- 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
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.
Physician Assistant Grade Determinations: The following criteria
for Physician Assistants must be met in determining the grade
assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a
Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in
paragraph 2, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the
(1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements in
paragraph 2 of this standard.
(2) Clinical Competencies: Clinical Proficiency; Professional
Development; Ethics; Interpersonal Skills; Research
Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements
under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements
described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or
non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity.
Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have
demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical
problems and meet the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program
accredited by ARCPA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or(c) A Master's
degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another
health-related field from an accredited college or university
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
(2) Clinical Competencies: Clinical Proficiency; Professional
Development; Ethics; Interpersonal Skills; Research .
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 PA Qual Std,
Dated 9/5/14. This can be found in the local Human Resources
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