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Job Title:  Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  YE-13-819723-SW-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,599.00 to $106,421.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Shreveport, LA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 819723

This is a Nurse Practitioner position in Mental Health Service.

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  


  • 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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The Nurse Practitioner is responsible to the Chief, Mental Health or designee. Provides mental health services for any eligible veteran requesting services to include: 

 - Records data from clinic visit, including chief complaints, active problems, medications, physical findings and results of diagnostic tests 

 - Formulates assessment and plan according to accepted protocols, treatment plans or attending physician’s treatment protocols, treatment plans or recommendations 

 - Prescribes medications according to outpatient formulary

  - Orders lab and non-invasive diagnostic and preventative screening tests as indicated 

-  Works collaboratively with Acute Care psychiatrist and other physicians to evaluate, treat, or arrange disposition for veterans with Mental Health issues identified in Acute Care and Primary Care settings 

 - Refers patients to other services of subspecialty clinics as indicated, including nutritional counseling 

 - Authorizes special transportation as needed for patients’ follow-up appointments as indicated 

 - Performs and records history and physical examinations 

 - Provides direct, sort-term, crisis intervention, grief work and brief psychotherapy 

-  Answers Mental Health inpatient consult requests 

 - Counsels patients on smoking cessation

  - Administers or orders appropriate immunizations 

 - Provides patient education of medical conditions, preventive measures and prescribed treatments 

 - Performs lab review, identifying abnormalities according to established guidelines 

 - Approves or disapproves clinic appointment requests according to policies 

 - Educates NU or CNS students 

 - Participates in clinical research 

 - Performs BLS.  Calls codes when indicated and manages CPR efforts until code team arrives


Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. 

NOTE: This position may be filled as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.

**Recruitment/Relocation Incentive May be Authorized** 

****Salary/Grade is to be determined by Nurse Professional Standards Board dependent upon selectee's qualifications, (i.e. education and experience).****


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1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

2. Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia AND appropriate licensure as a Nurse Practitioner.

3. A nurse practitioner must 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 be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.]

4. Physical Requirements: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of the position.  Pre-placement medical evaluation/examination may be required.

5. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.  Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201) 


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Graduation from School of Nursing  

Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.  [NOTE:  See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.]

    1.  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.  The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.  Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or

    2.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930.  Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. 

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. ***

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


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 position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 08, 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.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  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

5.   If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Sonia Williams
Phone: (318)990-4079
Agency Information:
VHA Shreveport VAMC
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
510 East Stoner Avenue -HRMS/05
Shreveport, LA


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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