Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (Cardiology) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • West Palm Beach, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1826296

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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 on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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 West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will function in the Cardiology Section within Medicine Service. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying patients, families, and/or communities at risk for potential health problems.
  • Performing initial and interim history and physical examinations as assigned.
  • Assessing, diagnosing, treating and evaluating care that promotes wellness, prevents disease/injury, and disability.
  • Assisting patients/families to maximize their abilities to cope with states of health and illness.
  • Completing written orders for prescriptions.
  • Ordering EKG, laboratory, imaging and other diagnostic tests and procedures on patients as needed.
  • Completing and reviewing consults with assessment and recommendations after discussion with supervising cardiologist.
  • Monitoring/interpreting EKG changes during testing.
  • Performing exercise and pharmalogic stress tests.
  • Conducting nuclear or echocardiographic stress tests.
  • Documenting pacemaker and defibrillator follow-ups and interrogations.
  • Monitoring national surveillance center data for cardiac devices.
  • Making assessment, treatment plans and any changes in medications.
  • Discussing with supervising cardiologist before patient is discharged.
  • Evaluating patient response to treatment plans.
  • Assisting cardiologist with cardioversion and TEE.
  • Attending cardiology conference every week.
  • Obtaining informed consent from patients for cardiac procedures.
  • Providing education/counseling to the patient/family.
  • Assessing and monitoring transplant patients.
  • Performing remote ICD tracking.
  • Attending to loop recorder follow-ups/call backs.
  • Supporting scheduling coordination with Surgery/OR for pacemakers/ICDs in a timely manner.
  • Overseeing operations of pacemaker clinics at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations.
  • Supporting and/or providing clinical care to patients in all aspects of Cardiology, including Cardiac Heart Failure as needed.
  • Ordering and providing oxygen, as required.

Work Schedule:*Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Functional Statement Title/#:*Nurse Practitioner/#000000 or Physician Assistant/#000000

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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Qualifications:

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following requirements:

Physician Assistant Qualification Requirements:

  • United States Citizen
  • 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 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.
  • Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Note: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years. Failure to obtain license within two years will result in termination.

Nurse Practitioner Qualification Requirements:

  • United States Citizen
  • Licensed or otherwise recognized as a Nurse Practitioner in any state.
  • Possess a Master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Maintain a full and current certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, successful candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with cardiology and infectious diseases/conditions.
  • Possess prescriptive authority.
  • Experience taking care of preoperative and post-operative patients.
  • Ability to work independently and make highly competent professional judgments and decisions to provide support physicians.
  • Evidence of solid clinical acumen.
  • Ability to work on an interdisciplinary team.
  • Strong interpersonal skill.

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. **

Reference:This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

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

Salary Range: $56,895.00 to $109,479.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603, 0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453697500

Job Announcement Number: WF-17-PGa-1826296-BU