Nurse Practitioner

US Department of Veterans Affairs – West Roxbury, MA



Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

The cardiology section of the Department of Medicine of VA Boston Healthcare System West Roxbury Campus is currently recruiting for one full-time Nurse Practitioner position with advanced clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles..


The incumbent provides and oversees the care of the Heart Failure Program and Cardiology Inpatients under the supervision of Cardiology faculty. The primary role is to provide care for cardiology patients at the West Roxbury division and to work closely with the Cardiology attending staff responsible for these patients. The incumbent is supervised by the Cardiology attending staff with ultimate responsibility of the Chief, Cardiology Section or the designee. The candidate s primary practice will be at the West Roxbury Campus but may have potential responsibilities at the Brockton or Jamaica Plain sites. S/he will provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative services as these pertain to the patient care practices within the Section, in full conformity with the mission of VA Boston Healthcare System. The position entails collaborative work in a team setting.

Inpatient Cardiology NP
The NP for the inpatient cardiology service provides assistance with the admission, inpatient care, and discharge of all patients on one of the cardiology team. He/she attends daily catheterization conference each morning prior to rounds, rounds with the attending and house-staff, orders necessary medications, laboratory tests and consultations, attends interdisciplinary rounds (with nurses and social workers and discharges patients to assure smooth transitions from inpatient to home (including discharge orders, medication orders, consults to outpatient referrals). The NP provides guidance and continuity for the cardiology resident and interns in their provision of care for the patient. He/she assists the resident teams to address all aspects of care by the promotion of safe practices as well as the encouragement of effective use of VA resources. The NP evaluates patients when they arrive in the West Roxbury pre-cardiac procedure clinic the day before cardiac catheterization and reports to the attending cardiologist for the team. The NP then admits, follows and discharges the patient after they undergo cardiac catheterization.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0610 Nurse

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  • Requirements

    RequirementsConditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • QualificationsNotifications:
  • This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
  • The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
  • The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
  • Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

  • To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/08/2019.

    Basic Requirements :
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • 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.
  • Preferred Experience: Experience in managing cardiology patients and working with resident and fellow staff preferred.

    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; 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 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; OR a 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 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.

    Physical Requirements:
    1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
    2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently
    3. Repeated bending
    4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)
    5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
    6. Stooping (intermittently)
    7. Squatting (intermittently)
    8. Kneeling (occasionally).
    9. Use of both arms
    10. Use of both hands
    11. Use of fingers
    12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)
    13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)
    14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)
    15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)
    16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
    17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
    18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
    19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
    20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations. The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    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. For further information, visit: .

    Additional information

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

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

    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.

    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.

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

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: Candidate s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • NP license, NP certification
  • Resume
  • Transcript

  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . Not required at time of application.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50 s (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • NP license, NP certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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