Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
August 22, 2019
Lowell, Massachusetts
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This position is located at the LOWELL, MA campus within the Primary Care Service.

The following documents MUST be submitted: RESUME, TRANSCRIPTS, and NP LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION

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The Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions as a Primary Care Provider (PCP). VA PCPs manage a complex panel of patients, providing comprehensive medical care, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. PCPs deliver care within Patient Aligned Care teams. PCPs work with a team of nursing staff and other members of an interdisciplinary health care team. Most practices have registered dieticians, clinical pharmacists, and mental health providers within the practice. PCPs provide general and gender-specific care to both men and women Veterans that range in age from 18 through the geriatric years.

The VA utilizes a national electronic medical record and is known for delivering high quality, evidence based care within a culture of continuous improvement. The VA is in the midst of redesigning primary care towards a more patient centered, healthcare team approach with emphasis on improving health care outcomes through developing better systems for care management and coordination.

The incumbent is accountable for adhering to the established policies, standards of care and practice and achieving the goals for the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Prevention Indicators. The NP works in collaboration with other members of the health care team to improve the quality of care delivered to veterans. He/she utilizes advanced skills in assessment, problem identification and clarification, treatment, planning and implementation of the patient's treatment plan. The NP will have prescription and other authority as defined by clinical privileges. He or she provides care for men and women Veterans ranging in age from 18 through the geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural issues, and will be a designated Women's Health provider for the practice. The incumbent must be able to function with a high degree of autonomy and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to facilitate efficient and successful medical management of patients. The incumbent will provide leadership in the application of knowledge and clinical skills in organizing, processing and improving clinical outcomes to patients. The incumbent will serve as an expert to identify, analyze and resolve patient care problems and enhance team effectiveness.

Work Schedule: Full Time
Financial Discloser Report: Not required


  • 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.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • 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.
  • Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
  • 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position between VA Boston Healthcare System campuses

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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