The Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Program Coordinator will be a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) who will develop and manage the ACS Program. The purpose of the Acute Coronary Syndrome Program is to have an organized approach to a range of conditions associated with sudden reduced blood flow to the heart. This would require facilitation of emergency treatment, thorough evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based medicine and best practices. This practice will result in improved patient outcomes at a decreased cost to the organization. The management of Veteran Care would be in the facilitation of emergent diagnostics and treatments such as stress testing, cardiac catheterization and/ or percutaneous coronary intervention. The prescriptive approach will be dual anti-platelet therapy, direct thrombin inhibitors, ACE inhibitors, Beta Blockers, antiarrhythmic agents, and nitrates. Medication reconciliation and discharge education for ACS patients from in-patient stay. The NP or PA will collaborate with department leaders and the interdisciplinary staff members to coordinate integrated clinical excellence in the ACS program across the healthcare system. The coordinator will consult with the emergency department on same day access to evaluate need for stress testing on patients and facilitate appropriate level of care per chest pain protocols.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600
Functional Statement Title:Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner Qualifications: 1. Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 2.Nurse Practitioners appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
3. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 1) The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 2) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs. (b) [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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment.
4.Licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the ACEN 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.
Physician Assistant Qualifications: 1. Must be a citizen of the United States. 2. Must have a bachelor's degree from a Physician Assistant Training Program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health related science OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsmen, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years. 3. Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), 7407(d).
1. Minimum of five years successful cardiology practice
2. Demonstrates ability to work well as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
4. Must be self-directed with an ability to prioritize and function effectively, and independently.
5. Must demonstrate knowledge of computer skills necessary in the use of electronic medical records.
6. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information.
7. Provide care appropriate to the age related needs of veteran population >18 years of age.
8. Recognizes cultural influences and differences on healthcare views.
9. Recognizes population specific risk factors including age, sex, and family history of CAD, presence of peripheral arterial disease, DM, renal insufficiency, and history of CAD. Recognizes pertinent physical assessment findings such as quality and duration of chest discomfort, associated symptoms including nausea and syncope, exertional dyspnea, and fatigue. Assesses for atypical symptoms including epigastric pain, pleuritic pain, and progressive dyspnea in the absence of chest discomfort.
Preferred Education and Certification:
Physician Assistant -
1. Masters in Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner -
1. MSN with Adult, Family or Geriatric NP or DNP,
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:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendices G6 Nurse Qualification Standard and G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. These can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:The 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 Veterans and objects may be required.May be required to don protective equipment in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. Responsible for the reprocessing of reusable medical equipment, according to the medical center policies.Required to use available safe patient handling lifting devices in all clinical areas. May also be exposed to Veterans who are combative, secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other(VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists or VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations) *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1993403.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.