Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner/Gastroenterology (GI) in Danville, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Danville, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/10/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822023

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?

Would you like to limit your commute? How about living in a small town with access to three large cities, one of which is only 90 miles away? Danville offers all of this. We are 120 miles south of Chicago home of the - White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears; Shedds Aquarium and Field Museum; Navy Pier; Rush Street and Michigan Avenue; and American Girl Place, etc. We are 210 miles from St. Louis home to the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Arch, etc. We are 90 miles West of Indianapolis home to the Indy 500, Allstate 400, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana State Fair, and Indianapolis Zoo. Champaign-Urbana just 35 miles away offers colleges - University of Illinois and Parkland College, fine dining, apple orchards, shopping, etc. Danville offers canoeing, hiking, camping, low cost of housing, public and private schools, variety of restaurants, parks, golf courses and shopping.

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. For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives have been authorized.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


The Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology (GI) works in the Medical Service at the Illiana Health Care System. Plans, organizes, and implements ongoing care for chronic, stable gastroenterology disease processes to include but not limited to hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Crohn's Disease, and ulcerative colitis. Initiate and coordinate treatments plans for gastroenterology patients. Performs history, physical examinations, and assessments of patients for preoperative outpatient gastroenterology procedures and order and evaluate appropriate diagnostic studies and procedures. Prescribes medications within defined scope of practice. Patients are seen in the clinical outpatient setting and in collaboration with physician(s) as needed. Additional duties include: Educate and counsel patients and families about diagnoses, treatment plan, preventive health measures, to include but not limited to vaccinations and medications.Maintain an updated problem list and current health status in patient's medical record for each visit as evidenced by interim progress notes and summaries. Performs Tele-Health Clinics

The Illiana Health Care System is affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Residency Program.

Work Schedule: 07:30a - 04:00p (Monday through Friday)

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner (GI)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Monday, October 31, 2016


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nurse Practitioners appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

*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 - 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 an 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 years Nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's Degree in Nursing or a related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of Nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in Nursing meets basic requirements for appointment and Doctoral Degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience.

*Nurse III - Master's degree in Nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of Nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of Nursing practice/experience.

*Reference: *VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Preferred Experience: Gastroenterology experience preferred but not required

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.

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: *It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

This 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 patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a two year probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Deborah Lewis, Selective Placement Coordinator at (217) 554-5969. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Telework:VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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

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

Please visit the Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies document for more information.

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

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

Salary Range: $69,313.00 to $128,350.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452982100

Job Announcement Number: HI-16-DV-1822023-BU-R