This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric/Mental Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:93-12

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$80,623.00 to $134,404.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 19, 2012 to Thursday, May 3, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Anchorage, AK United States
1 vacancy - Anchorage, AK United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 624574

 

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.

 

COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE IS CURRENTLY 5.57% AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE FUTURE.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

REISSUED TO RECRUIT FOR ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

Practices as a Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric/Mental Health) in the Social and Behavioral Health Services (S&BHS). Provides outpatient and residential care to patients who present with urgent/chronic medical conditions, change in mental status and/or functional decline. Functions as an independent member of the Medical Staff with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Evaluation Board. Member of an interdisciplinary team providing primary care. This includes: assessment of risk factors, performing histories and physicals, ordering diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiating consults and referrals, prescribing medications, seeks consultation with physicians whenever cases are outside of scope of practice, communicate relevant patient data in case presentations and medical records, formulates, initiates and evaluates health care teaching related to/or patients and families, facilitates communication related to patients with personnel responsible for their clinic services, and acts as a consultant to nursing and medical staff.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

 

Education: Graduate of a school or professional nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed. Master's in Nursing from a college/university accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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 (licensure) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.]

 

Experience: Experience will be considered by the Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary. Experience will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following nine dimensions of nursing: practice, quality of care, performance, education/career development, collegiality, ethics, collaboration, research and resource utilization.

 

Registration/Licensure: A current, full, active and unrestrictive registration/licensure as a Nurse and as a Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.

 

Certification: Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

 

Prescriptive Authority is required.

 

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Physical Standards: Must pass a pre-employment examination per VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

 

Drug Testing: This is a drug testing designated position. If you are tentatively selected for this position you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to final selection and will also be subject to random drug testing during employment.

 

Background Investigation: Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required background investigation.

 

Selective Service: To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

 

Credentialing & Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers must enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). 

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at 

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide (http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID:624574. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 03, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Copy of RN and NP licensure/certification/registration(s) (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Maria M. Cunningham
Phone: (907)257-6709
Fax: (907)257-6787
Email: MARIA.CUNNINGHAM@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Alaska HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
HRMS
1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK
99504 Fax: (907)257-6787

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Control Number: 311637100
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