Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Practice Nurse (Intensive Care) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number: 1825139

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.

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 for this position is not eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.





Full-Time Monday-Friday


The Surgical Intensive Care Nurse Practitioner NP is a member of the intensive care team and Plastic Surgery Service. His/her primary responsibility is the management of critically ill complex (multi-organ) patients in an intensive care setting and assisting with management of Plastic Surgery patients. In ICU, the NP is under the supervision of the SICU supervising physician or designated back-up physicians. The SICU NP has specialized skill and knowledge related to the unique ICU setting in which s/he practices and performs physical exams, collects and documents data, conducts approved diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, orders and schedules laboratory studies and professional consultations, prescribes appropriate interventions and medications, and provides direct patient care services in the SICU. The SICU NP contributes to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, consulting, and provides leadership to the organization and nursing profession. The incumbent will also assist the ENT Service providing specialty care to veterans with acute episodic and chronic ear, nose, and throat illnesses, and dysfunction concerns. The incumbent will manage patients from initial entry into ENT with assessment, physical examination, documentation, diagnosis, treatment options, and follow up care until the completion of satisfactory treatment outcomes.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Responsible for physical examinations, ordering and interpreting simple to complex laboratory and radiology test results, as well as placement of central venous catheter's and arterial lines for hemodynamic monitoring

  2. Develop comprehensive treatment plans for the critically ill, including prescribing/managing medications, ventilator management, evaluating patient progress , developing and coordinating complex ICU discharge and post discharge care including patient/ family education and follow up appointments

  3. Performs/assists with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, and elective cardioversion.

  4. Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and revise treatment plans based on identified needs and assessment data.

  5. Completes medical histories and assessment. Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.

  6. Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.

  7. Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.

  8. Participate in professional organizations and continuing education to improve practice knowledge and skills.

  9. Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patients' clinical status.

  10. Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients based on assessment data and identified needs.

  11. Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.

  12. Identify patients who are at risk of complications due to nutritional status.

  13. Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.

  14. Participate in the development, review, and evaluation of nursing practice protocols.

  15. Assess family adaptation levels and coping skills to determine whether intervention is needed.

  16. Lead patient care conferences.

  17. Education of the patient, medical and nursing students, and various other disciplines as needed.

  18. Cleans RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

The SICU Nurse Practitioner collaborates with other disciplines closely to provide a concise, comprehensive delivery of care to ensure positive health care outcomes and promote wellness.

Unique competencies required for this role include:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expertise in the care of post-operative surgery patients.

  2. Expertise in insertion of Hemodynamic monitoring lines i.e. Swan Ganz and arterial pressure monitoring lines.

  3. Expertise in performing procedures not limited to: endotracheal intubation, CT insertion, hemodynamic line insertion, bronchoscopy.

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.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • 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.

*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 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; ORa 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; ORa 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.

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.

Education/Experience Requirements: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 or selected.

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:In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). Requirements include:

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching Above Shoulder; Both Hands Required; Walking Throughout Assigned Shift; Standing As Duties Require; Kneeling as Duties Require; Repeated Bending As Duties Require; Both Legs Are Required; Near Vision Correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision Correctable in One Eye To 20/50 and to 20/100 In the Other; Color Vision; Hearing (aid permitted); and Specific Hearing Requirements.

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment).

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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

Other Information

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.

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

Salary Range: $90,830.00 to $131,672.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453339100

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-PSS-1825139-BU