Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Assistant Chief Nurse Acute Care/CLC Advanced Practice NP in Roseburg, Oregon

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

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

INSTRUCTIONS: Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815665

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?

This position is with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, in Roseburg, OR. Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find an excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the beautiful coastline to the west, activities abound for outdoor enthusiast. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg Area, please visit the following links:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

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 VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) is seeking to hire a highly skilled and experienced Nurse Practitioner licensed as an independent attending practitioner for the Community Living Centers (CLC) to provide episodic coverage for comprehensive care to Veterans with skilled, rehabilitative, hospice, dementia, and long term care needs. In addition they will have supervisory status to RNs, Social Workers, and others who support the CLC and the mission of the Roseburg VA Medical Center. This position also requires knowledge of the nine dimensions of practice and RN/APRN annual proficiency writing to help guide and direct other APRNs throughout the organization. Understanding of hospice and palliative care will be needed to assist with hospice consultation and palliative care needs when covering for the HPC APRN. The CLC provides long, intermediate, and short term stay in home-like environments. Approach to care is Veteran-centered in strong collaboration with the interdisciplinary team to provide holistic and comprehensive care. The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is expected to work independently and collaboratively with the team, which includes the medical director, nurses, social worker, psychiatrist, psychology, recreational therapists, dietitians, chaplain, and the skilled rehabilitative team. This position reports directly to the Associate Chief Nurse Executive for Acute Care/CLC. The APRN may cover other areas of CLC and RVAMC, depending on the needs of the service and organization.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Supervising a minimum of 7 staff, including basic scheduling, performance evaluations, guiding and directing according to needs of the organization, discipline.

  2. Tracking performance evaluations of other APRNs throughout the facility ensuring timely completion with guidance as needed.

  3. Identifying the resident's medical and psychological problems, defining the management of these problems, and determining the need for consultation.

  4. Participating as part of the interdisciplinary team to plan the care of the Veteran, including resident-specific goals and outcomes for discharge/final disposition

  5. Understanding the complex dementia resident and understands the use of psychotherapeutic medications and alternatives for controlling behaviors

  6. Anticipating and recognizing changes in medical/surgical/psychiatric status and initiating or leading others to implement appropriate and timely actions

  7. Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs/service activities

  8. Evaluating Veteran with life-limiting illness, with or without acute symptom, to determine whether the Veterans' needs would best be me through inpatient or home hospice based on prognostic criteria, Veterans' preference, and goals of care and, if appropriate, admits to CLC

  9. Assessing, diagnosing, and treating illness and symptoms related to hospice and/or palliative care needs, including advanced and chronic illness management, end of life planning, and family support and bereavement

Work Schedule:8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday

Functional Statement Title/#: ACN AC/CLC Advanced Practice NP

Relocation bonus/Incentive may be authorized:

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.
  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of clinical nursing practice; geriatric or acute care experience preferred.

  • Previous APRN experience required; geriatric or hospice/palliative care experience preferred.

  • Supervisory experience preferred, but not required.

  • Demonstrated evidence of self-direction and strong organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated evidence of effectively educating patients and patient families.

  • Demonstrated evidence of proficiency with an electronic health record (electronic medical record).

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.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Masters in Nursing (MSN) or related field with a post-Masters certificate as a nurse practitioner

  • Current Independent Practice License (or able to acquire prior to start date)

  • Current DEA Certificate for controlled substances schedules II-V

  • National Certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Hospice/Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association or Military Training Network

Physical Requirements:

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, kneeling, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The candidate 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 candidate will 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. The candidate will be working closely with others and may have protracted or irregular hours of work on occasion.

Security Clearance


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, 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: $77,755.00 to $133,004.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452225600

Job Announcement Number: LW-16-PMu-1815665-BU