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Job Title:  Certified Nurse Practitioner - Compensation & Pension - Martinez - 13-766244
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  766244

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

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$77,439.00 to $132,470.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Martinez, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 802877

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?



The Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) for Compensation and Pension (C&P) is a registered nurse, a member of the Medical Service, who utilizes critical thinking in the application of advanced clinical health care knowledge and skills, in conducting comprehensive physical examinations of Veterans and separating/retiring military service members. The C&P CNP 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 C&P program at the VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NCHCS) and the Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA).  The incumbent is recognized as a source of mid-level knowledge with strong clinical background to provide medical diagnosis and legal opinions.  These consultative opinions and C&P reports are provided in writing and become part of the veteran or active services’ medical record furnished to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) or the Department of Defense (DoD) to help with settling claims for service connected benefits or fit for duty determination.   The CNP will initiate and/or recommend laboratory tests, diagnostic studies and/or specialty referrals in the context of the C&P evaluation based on current VA medical center and C&P Service policies.  The C&P CNP is responsible for generating C&P exam reports utilizing the Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI) legacy templates or Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs) for the official documentation of the veterans or active members’ C&P examination.  The incumbent may engage in internal review procedures and other administrative duties as outlined by the C&P Clinical Administrator/ Director.  The C&P Clinical Administrator/ Director is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the C&P Certified Nurse Practitioner, covering both clinical and administrative aspects of the work, with the concurrence of the VA Northern California Health Care System Associate Chief Nurse.  Additionally, the C&P CNP attends all mandated annual review programs and takes responsibility for attending in-service and continuing education activities. 


The CNP is a graduate of a NLN accredited School of Nursing prepared at the Masters Degree level in nursing with practitioner certificate, and maintains full and current Specialty certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.  The CNP will have a current, full, active and unrestricted license as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The CNP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.  A minimum of two (2) years of recent clinical nursing is required.  Due to the nature of this position, demonstrated skills as an independent practitioner in adult physical examinations are preferred.  Experience in performing disability / fit for duty / worker’s compensation exams is strongly desired.  BLS required.


  • 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.


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Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Citizen of the United States.  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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  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.  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.    Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.   Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.    

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: 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.

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé.


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.


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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 .


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


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


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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 ( ) 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 ( 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 802877.  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, January 10, 2013.


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 (required).
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Diane Pawloski
Phone: (916)843-7369
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


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.

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