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Job Title: Nurse Practitioner - Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (Open Continuous Announcement)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Military, Counseling, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Nurse Practitioner - Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (Open Continuous Announcement)

The Certified Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse Practitioner functions as part of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals in providing a wide range of services to patients with mental health and/or substance abuse problems in the setting of an outpatient mental health clinic. The incumbent will provide general advanced practice nursing care as well as specialized mental health functions.

* Provide and coordinate comprehensive care for assigned patients in any care setting;

* Perform initial complete mental health history examinations that include full mental status examinations;

* Provide education, therapy, and counseling of patients and families in psychiatric conditions, addiction issues, and medical conditions related to psychotropic medication use;

* Initiating, prescribing, renewing, refilling, monitoring, and managing the care of patients on psychotropic medications;

* May be involved in carrying a patient panel, providing same-day access support, and working in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Position does require on-call rotation, some evening and rotating Saturday work to cover after hour clinics.

Bargaining Unit: AFGE

RECRUITMENT / RELOCATION INCENTIVE: Authorized.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. 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).
  • 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.

Nurse Practitioners must also:

  • Be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State;
  • Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC 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 bein the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected(PSYCHIATRY OR MENTAL HEALTH).

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • 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 years 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • VA experienceor experience providing direct nursing services to Veterans with mental health problems is preferred.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps 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.

Physical Requirements: Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug 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 the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

Please submitallrequired documents listed under the applicant category that applies to your current employment status:

Current Nurse Practitioner employees of the Amarillo VA Health Care System must only submit:

  1. Resume or CV (Most current).
  2. Completed Occupational Questionnaire. (This is completed online via Application Manager OR if applying via Fax, please see the Fax Options for instructions how to complete and utilize the occupational questionnaire link: View Occupational Questionnaire)

ALL OTHER APPLICANTS must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume or CV (Most current).
  2. Completed Occupational Questionnaire. (This is completed online via Application Manager OR if applying via Fax, please see the Fax Options for instructions how to complete and utilize the occupational questionnaire link: View Occupational Questionnaire).
  3. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf (Required).
  4. If currently employed in the VA system or in another Federal agency, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf .

Please follow the directions in the vacancy announcement. Failure to submit a complete application packetcontaining ALL the required documents will result in non-consideration for this position.

Please use this checklist to make sure 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 for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 2017329. 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.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. 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).
  • 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.

Nurse Practitioners must also:

  • Be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State;
  • Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC 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 bein the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected(PSYCHIATRY OR MENTAL HEALTH).

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • 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 years 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • VA experienceor experience providing direct nursing services to Veterans with mental health problems is preferred.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps 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.
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