The incumbent serves as a Nurse Practitioner in the Compensation & Pension Section of the Ambulatory Care Service line. The incumbent is responsible to contribute to the achievement of quality of care standards, efficiency, process improvement, and patient satisfaction. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs medical record reviews and clinical interviews, provides diagnosis/ evaluation, makes medical assessments, renders medical opinion(s) as to the likelihood that presenting medical condition(s) are related to military service and acts within the guidelines and quality indicators set forth by the Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service at the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) and the Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA). The C&P provides support through the application of clinical expertise/ leadership by working with clinical and administrative services to achieve C&P There is exclusion of treatment and prescription in the C&P setting. The C&P Certified Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for generating exam reports utilizing Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs) in the Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI) for the official documentation of the Veteran's or Service Member's C&P examination. The NP may engage in internal review procedures & other administrative duties as outlined by the Chief of C&P or designee. The NP demonstrates leadership in the C&P Service and the ability to work effectively with Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Department of Defense (DoD). The NP is recognized as a source of knowledge with strong clinical background and expertise to provide medical diagnosis and legal advisory opinions considered authoritative in nature, within the NP scope of practice. These consultative opinions are provided in writing and become part of the Veteran or Active Service Member's medical record furnished to the VBA and the DoD to help with settling claims for service connected benefits and for fitness for duty determination. C&P Nurse Practitioners generate examination reports that meet DMA quality indicators, timeliness requirements and that are adequate for rating purposes. The C&P Nurse Practitioner assists the Chief of C&P with the development and implementation of new programs, studies & policies applicable to C&P and EHR examiners. The C&P NP formally or informally instructs staff about topics relating to C&P. Educates Veterans about the C&P process and helps them better understand it Although research is not a primary focus of this position, the C&P NP may assist in research projects conducted by the C&P Service & the NMVAHCS include data collection and of articles for publication with the concurrence of the Chief of C&P, other pertinent Service Chief, the Chief of Staff and the facility Director. The C&P NP also makes a significant & sustained contribution to the profession through participation in publication, active membership in local or national NP organizations & participation in committees or task forces related to the NP profession. All what is described is accomplished through the following performance criteria: Demonstrates effective decision-making, logical reasoning, sound judgement, problem-solving, critical thinking & leadership in the application of the C&P evaluation of the Veteran and the Active Service Member. Manages, directs & organizes the processes involved in completing C&P and EHR examinations. Conducts training for new examiners & staff as outlined by the Chief of C&P. Performs duties within the Scope of Practice or Functional Statement to the standards set forth by the Chief of C&P, the NMVAHCS & the DMA. Evaluates C&P process, identifies delays, waste, and any other problems within this process, and assists and guides staff in the application of critical thinking to develop ways to improve the timeliness, accuracy, or completeness of exams incorporating Systems Redesign methodology. Collects data in a timely manner for research projects, assists in developing proposals & grant applications. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.