The Midlevel Provider in Medical Services, Cardiology Sectionconsultative services on patients referred from other sections of the hospital and/ or affiliated VA outpatient clinics and perform administrative function and other tasks as assigned the Section Chief for Cardiology Service. The PA will provide expertise in the detection and treatment of various heart related diseases. The incumbent is expected to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and treatment of disease. The incumbent should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team. Incumbent is responsible for work up and referral for heart transplant consideration.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Coordinates the care of the Cardiology patients inclusive of assessment, treatment and education
2. Attends sub-specialty clinics including: general cardiology, arrhythmia, pulmonary hypertension, and preventive cardiology while screening consults for appropriate clinics and performing procedures such as Treadmill Stress Testing, ICD and pacemaker interrogations and evaluations
3. Assists in the design/implementation of delivery systems/programs to facilitate the care of Cardiology patients and evaluate effectiveness of studies related to the delivery of care and services to Cardiology patients
4. Participates in cardiology programs as they relate to organizational goals, in performance improvement activities and in-servicing of nurses
5. Monitors for cardiology therapeutic IV infusions (predominantly for pulmonary hypertension patients)
6. Tracks laboratory data to assess tolerability and toxicity of patients receiving pulmonary hypertension medications with high risk of adverse reactions
7. Requests appropriate post-operative diagnostic procedures and consultative services as needed
8. Consults with physician staff and utilize consultation services when appropriate
9. Conducts and evaluates health teaching programs to patients, their families and staff, both individually and in group settings while acting as a consultant to personnel and other disciplines
10. Involved in developing and implementing policies, standards and programs to support and advance the clinical setting
11. Responsible for implementing and maintaining a patient and staff education and training program in conjunction with nurse educators and managers for management of continuous IV pump infusions
Work Schedule: Anticipated to be Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (May be required to work unscheduled hours and occasional weekends).
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND have 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 U.S. Department of Education;
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by NLNAC or CCNE at the time the program was completed.;AND a Master's Degree from a program accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC; http://www.nlnac.org ) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; http://www.aacn.nche.edu).
Current, full, active and unrestricted certification as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA);
Current, full, active and unrestricted license as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States and appropriate licensure as a Nurse Practitioner and possess current, full, active and unrestricted certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association (ANA) or another nationally recognized certifying body.
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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Experience 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.
FULL GRADE - None beyond the basic requirements.
INTERMEDIATE GRADE -
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA 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.
SENIOR GRADE -
Experience / Education
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and 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; or
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
Preferred Experience: Demonstrated ability to work with Orthopedic surgeons and residents and other midlevel providers and a strong commitment to the vision of the VA - Care of the Veteran, teaching and research; and the ability to work with Providers from all other specialties.
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.
Physical Requirements: Standing, walking, lifting light loads, assisting patients with positioning and transfers. Must be able to use a computer to input orders, review reports etc. Must be able to communicate directions and patient orders. Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with bio hazardous materials.
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:
Your Resume/CV must include information regarding LICENSURE (State of Issue/License #/Date of Exp.), EDUCATION (Type of Degree, etc.).
Your Resume/CV must include the following information: Job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year to month/year) of employment; and average hours worked per week (FT 40, PT 20).
If you are a current or former federal civilian employee, youmust provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which reflects your grade and step.
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