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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner - Buprenorphine Clinic

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FC-13-AK-832646 MHC

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

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$70,860.00 to $102,724.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Salisbury, NC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832646

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?


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


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


FACT: Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional required documentation with resume or application and are found ineligible (see "HOW TO APPLY" section of this announcement); therefore, it is imperative that you read the complete announcement. Failure to do so will to result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.



The W.G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury has an opening for an Nurse Practitioner.


Salisbury is a small, historic city located in the heart of the Piedmont area of North Carolina with a moderate climate which enjoys four distinct seasons. Salisbury is a great place to work, live and raise a family. The City of Salisbury boasts 10 National Register Historic Districts with over 1,200 properties. It is located on Interstate 85 only 35 miles from the metropolitan area of Charlotte, and 40 miles from Greensboro, and Winston-Salem NC. Salisbury has grown from a small town to a nice small city of 26,548, and is the county seat of Rowan County. It is also the home of three colleges: Catawba College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Livingstone College.

If you value the performing arts, you will not be disappointed in the Salisbury Area. It has the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony and the Meroney Theatre featuring the Piedmont Players, one of the state's oldest community theatre groups. Salisbury has a thriving and growing community of artists and new art space is being developed. Toyota Racing Division has chosen to locate in Rowan County. Rowan County also offers plenty for those seeking recreation. Dan Nicholas Park, Hurley Park, Ellis Park, and High Rock Lake are pleasant options for hiking, fishing, family outing, or a picnic. Golf, tennis, softball or swimming may be enjoyed at one of many public facilities.

If you want a quick getaway, it is approximately two-hours to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours to the Carolina Coast. Halfway between Washington DC and Atlanta GA, Salisbury is within easy travel of any major city on the East Coast. The major commercial airports at Charlotte and Greensboro are less than an hour away and provide services to all of the United States, London, Frankfurt, and soon to China. 




  • 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 (NP) is directly responsible administratively and clinically responsible to the Chief, Mental Health Service Line. The NP must hold a collaborative agreement with a qualified physician.  The Nurse Practitioner will be in daily contact with his/her supervising physician with regard to patient care activities, and no patient care will be rendered by the NP in the event that no supervising physician is available.  The NP will be expected to seek consultation when the need for collaboration arises or unusual problems arise. The NP is primarily guided by the expertise accumulated through training, experience, and reference to related professional guidance.  The incumbent carries out the work without direct supervision and is expected to function with a high degree of professional autonomy.


Primarily the NP duties will fall under the Buprenorphine program within Substance Abuse Services (SAS). The NP will perform the following: performs initial and interim histories and physical examinations on assigned inpatients and outpatients, as well as daily physical assessments on general psychiatric and substance abuse inpatients and/or outpatients; follows acute and chronic physical health problems in the outpatient setting through the Buprenorphine program by providing ongoing comprehensive monitoring of these issues and some follow-up on psychiatric and SUD symptoms; provides medication management; orders routine laboratory, radiologic and diagnostic tests on assigned patients; performs depression screening, AIMS exams, and provides medication adjustments for physical problems; writes/dictates interim progress notes and dictates discharge summaries, when appropriate; performs veni-puncture and arterial punctures to obtain tests on assigned patients; orders electrocardiograms; provides patient education; applies currently accepted preventive health care measures to patients and/or their families.  All current medical center approved non-restricted formulary medications will be considered to be within the approved Scope of Practice for the nurse practitioner, with the exception of Chemotherapy medications, Clozaril and Naltrexone; performs other directly related duties as assigned; provides or assist other specialist in the process of evaluation and treatment of the psychiatric patient, and actively participate in corrective actions against untoward responses to psychiatric interventions; evaluates the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status.  A progress note is written in the patient’s chart; participates in various hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital; creates and maintains an environment that ensures confidentiality of privacy for patients and demonstrates working practices that include adherence to confidentiality, privacy, security, safety, and Infection Control standards along with safe use and operation of equipment.




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Citizen of the United States. 


An APRN or NP must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a Nurse Practitioner in a State, possess a Master's dgree from a program accreditated by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and has met licensure requirements for practice in accordance

with VHA Directive 5102.1, Appendix B, qualification standards in Handbook 5005 that was revised March, 2009 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 Mental Health or one of the Mental Health programs in which the Nurse Practitioner is being assigned.


Graduate of a of professional school of 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.   


Education/Experience Requirements: 


  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 


  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience. 




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 .




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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, FORM OF-306, and a COMPLETE RESUME IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed forms 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: T832646.  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 Friday, May 24, 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).


April Kraus
Phone: (704)638-9000x4941
Agency Information:
VHA Salisbury VAMC
Do Not Email or Mail Applications
VA Medical Center
Apply Online or by Fax Only, NC


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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