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Job Title:Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric & Mental Health with Rx privileges - R19)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GF-13-LST-887246

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,047.00 to $98,478.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




5 vacancies in the following location(s):
The Villages, FL United StatesView Map
Tallahassee, FL United StatesView Map
Waycross, GA United StatesView Map
Ocala, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 887246. Please include this number on all documents submitted.

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.


  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing


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The Psychiatric & Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse with Rx privileges (APN) is a registered nurse who has a graduate degree in nursing and required certification with proper licensure. These position are open for the following locations: Tallahasee, FL; Ocala, FL; The Villages, FL; Waycross, GA .

The APN provides direct and indirect patient care that includes:

  • Assessment, diagnosis, planning and treatment of psychiatric and mental health problems. 
  • Education, research, and consultation
  • Function within a scope of practice commensurate with training, certification,  demonstrated expertise and licensure.  Demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches to management of complex client care. 
  • Prescribe and/or recommend laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and/or medications based on current Medical Center, VHA, and DEA policy and within scope of practice. 
  • Complete diagnostic and therapeutic patient care orders for inpatient stay (if applicable).
  • Complete admission, day-to-day care, transfer and discharge of patients.
  • Provide a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving methodologies to resolve system and/or process problems that impact patient care, staff performance, and/or system(s) improvements.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts (Weekend, extended hours and cross-coverage for clinics in other North Fl/South GA locations may be required).

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Up to $10,000 may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Relocation Expenses has been authorized for this position.


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  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Registration – Current, full, active and unrestricted registration 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 RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA.
  • Educational requirements can be met as follows: 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: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR 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. OR 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.


  • Nurse Practitioners. 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.] Board Certification as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse from ANCC,  and a minimum of two years of clinical experience . Newly certified and licensed APNs are eligible if they have previous clinical experience with psychiatric and mental health patients. Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted license as an Advanced Practice Nurse; physical and mental capabilities to satisfactorily perform duties of the assignment
  • Prescriptive authority requirements include evidence of national certification and completion of upper division education in pharmacology. 

Preferred experience requirements:

  • Mental health experience.

Grade Determinations:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
  • 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.  

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

Salary determination will be made by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a 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 VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position.  You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

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.

Physical Requirements: Registered Nurse Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (up to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Both legs required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; Good distance Vision; Depth Perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).



Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).

The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 31, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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. 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: 887246. 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.


Required Documents:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. VA Form 10-2850a. (Required).  Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ).  This form MUST be submitted as a completed document with completed signature and date on pages 3 and 4. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will rate the applicant as not having the required documents to be considered for referral.
  2. Resume. (Required) Your resume must have the following information for each position you have held:   job title, duties, dates of employment including month and year start/end dates, and full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.   IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.   WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.   If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).   
  3. Completed Occupational Questionnaire. (Required): View Assessment Questions
  4. If currently a federaly employed, latest non-award SF-50. (Required) Awards' or ‘Incentive' SF-50s do not contain the required information and will not be considered valid required documentation to verify status.
  5. Clear Copy of Transcripts (Required) for education verification. If you are applying on the basis of your education, you MUST submit a legible copy of your college transcript in order to use education to qualify.
  6. Clear Copy of Licensure/Certification with expiration date.
  7. Official Form (OF-306) Declaration for Federal Employment. (Preferred but not required).

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will not be contacted for additional information.   Please review and follow the directions provided in the "How to Apply" section above.   Please ensure you click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.   If you are having difficulty uploading the required documentation to Application Manager, then please review and follow the directions under "If you cannot apply online" and fax the required documentation to the fax number listed.

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.
NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID 887246

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions

Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  

Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



John Shultzaberger
Phone: (352)376-1611x7669
TDD: (800)829-4833
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.  Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement ( TAG:Closing Date).

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