Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Practice Nurse (Urology) 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 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number: 1825103

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 Urology Nurse Practitioner provides specialty care to veterans with general Urology disorders as well as erectile dysfunction or other sexual health issues. The Urology Nurse Practitioner is a contact person for General Urology disorders and the key contact for patients with erectile dysfunction. The Urology Nurse Practitioner reports directly to the Chief of Urology. Care is provided in the urology clinic. Their office is located in the clinic itself to facilitate communication and collaboration.

Additionally, this person provides care in the urology clinic, over the telephone although they may interact with clinical psychology, other clinics within the hospital and on the inpatient ward when requested, and orders diagnostic testing, and prescribes medications as needed. The population served is primarily male and older adult (65 years and older), although this person is competent to provide care to relatively small number of women who present for care. In addition to older adults, this person is also competent to provide care to middle adults (ages 40-64) and to young adults (ages 18-39).

Nurse Practitioner primary responsibilities include:

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of the patient with GU disorders, erectile dysfunction (ED) and/or other sexual health concerns.

  1. Initial screening, history and physical examinations, obtaining and interpreting routine diagnostic and radiological testing, laboratory tests, and related to the patient with GU disorders and for ED
  2. Management of the GU and ED patient from initial entry to the clinic to the completion of a satisfactory treatment option.
  3. Coordinates urologic treatments and follow-up care for the GU patient and all ED clinic activities.
  4. Consults other clinics in the hospital when indicated.
  5. Provides general education for GU disorders and erectile dysfunction to the patient, their partner, family members, colleagues and other disciplines within the VAMC, the VISN and the medical community at large.
  6. Responsible for the development of ED clinic policies and procedures as well as the development of patient education materials for patients with ED and their partners including written, video, or group education.
  7. Promotes overall wellness for the GU and ED patient, including non-pharmacologic treatment
  8. Collaborates with other disciplines to provide a concise, comprehensive delivery of care to ensure positive health care outcomes and promote wellness.
  9. Encourages the development of healthy lifestyles.
  10. Acts as a consultant and resource to the VAMC staff and the community at large.
  11. Identifies and actively participates in GU and ED research.

May screen patients to determine the need for hospital admission.

May initiate and/or expedite requests for consultations, special tests, or studies on assigned patients, and will keep the supervising physician appraised of the results.

May order: EKG's, "Confine and Escort" and Code "S", suicide status as necessary.

May order and/or catheterize the bladder, including indwelling Foley catheters.

May counsel patients on living wills, and may order Do Not Resuscitate, and Do Not Intubate status in

Accordance with VA policy.

May conduct: nasogastric intubation, suturing/closure of simple lacerations, incision, drainage or debrideing and care of minor superficial wounds, dressing changes, and bladder irrigations.

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

Unique competencies required for this role include:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expertise in the care of patients with urologic disorders and men with erectile dysfunction and other sexual health issues.
  2. Outstanding interpersonal communication and coordination skills.
  3. In depth knowledge of Urologic health and medical conditions that cause urologic disorders.
  4. In depth knowledge of sexual health and those medical/psychosocial conditions that cause sexual health issues
  5. Knowledge of key contacts both within the medical center, at other VISN facilities, and in the community so as to effectively facilitate the patient's transition across the continuum of care.
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: 453337700

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-PSS-1825103-BU