Nurse Practitioner (Occupational Health Clinic)

Department Of Veterans Affairs North Chicago , IL 60064

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The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) is assigned to an Occupational Health Clinic which is an Ambulatory Care setting in the Fleet Medicine Directorate, at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), North Chicago, IL. Flexibility and mobility are required for this position, to perform occupational health services on both campuses under Fleet Medicine Directorate.

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The OHNP is a professional nurse with advanced clinical knowledge and competence to function in a variety of roles. The OHNP evaluates the interactions between employees' work and health in the workplace. With administrative oversight by the Division Officer of Occupational Medicine, the OHNP provides health care services and consultation to VA civilian employees, students, and active duty staff of the FHCC facility. The OHNP holds clinical privileges and practices in collaboration with the Occupational Health Physician and the Occupational Health (OH) team. The incumbent possesses a general knowledge of the work environment, including worksite operations; familiarity with the toxic properties of materials used by the employees as well as the potential hazards and stressors of work processes and jobs or tasks. The incumbent also maintains current knowledge of the worker's compensation laws; local state and federal regulatory requirements; and systems for maintaining health records. The activities of this position include identifying at risk employees through comprehensive evaluation and screening, interpretation of Industrial Hygiene exposure assessments, and diagnosis and treatment of work-related injury/illness and exposures, to include decisions and limitations for returning affected employees to full or partial work capacity. The activities of this position also include documentation in the electronic medical record system used by the OH, planning and providing comprehensive workman's compensation consultation to employees and supervisors, and routine evaluation of workman's compensation programs including collaboration with the workers compensation administration on specific cases. The OHNP will also actively participate in any epidemic or pandemic responses by assisting with telephone triage, providing care to sick employees, evaluating employees who are returning to work after the infection and updating the employee health tracker as appropriate. In addition, the OHNP communicates with the workers and managers at all levels, while maintaining the confidentiality between Occupational Health and the employees as required by the OSHA, professional ethics codes, and individual state privacy acts, providing the management with only the necessary information to make an informed and competent decision on occupational health and safety issues.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is accountable for adhering to the established policies, standard of care, and standards of practice, demonstrating leadership in a service as a role model. The APRN, as a member of the department, communicates with other health care providers in the division as well as with other healthcare providers and ancillary staff throughout the clinic and FHCC in order to assure continuity of care for patients seen at the Occupational Health Clinics. The APRN will be responsive to patient needs, ensuring customer satisfaction, which reflects an understanding of age specific and developmental needs as demonstrated by fulfilling the following:

  • The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner/APRN provides direct patient care:

  • Conducts a comprehensive assessment to determine patient's nature and degree of health care problems.

  • Assesses and interprets patient data, differentiating between normal and abnormal findings, formulating differential diagnoses. Develops appropriate diagnosis and treatment plans. Prescribes and performs selected laboratory and other diagnostic tests, treatment, referrals, and consultations deemed pertinent as defined in the individual clinical privileges.

  • Participates in management of patients with acute and chronic diseases of other health problems, as well as preventive health when appropriate.

  • Through health teaching, increases patient and family understanding of disease processes, self-care and treatment plan. Ensures instruction to the patient based on identified learning needs. Assesses patient health status expectations.

  • Reviews patient management with the physician preceptors and/or Occupational Medicine Physician as appropriate.

  • Coordinate patient appointments and procedural instructions, follow-up and report test results to the appropriate providers.

  • Maintains up-to-date records of all patient interactions to document care provided and facilitates intervention of various other health care providers.

  • Strives to meet productivity and performance measurements as established by the work center leadership. Supports the facility's EEO/Affirmative action programs by executing assigned duties and responsibilities in a professional manner.

Work Schedule:

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random 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


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.

  • English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.

  • 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:

  • Possess a Master's Degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • Have at least 2 years of increasingly complex NP/RN nursing practice.

  • Be currently certified in BLS; ACLS certification is preferred.

  • Board certification in Occupational Health Nursing (COHN) is 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:To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform the following job-related duties: moderate lifting (minimum of 25 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching; use of all fingers; use of both hands; walking (up to 6 hours); standing (up to 6 hours); climbing stairs; use of both legs; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; use of both eyes; ability to distinguish basic colors; and ability to distinguish shades of colors. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids.


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:

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