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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care/Home Based Primary Care) Ft. Stockton, Tx

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-519-NR-13-898746 hhl

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

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$67,319.00 to $89,528.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Friday, December 20, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Stockton, TX View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 898746

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

OUR MISSION: 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?  

Are YOU the one?

The West Texas VA Health Care System honors America’s Veterans.

We expect our team to meet these Quality Standards.


Safety First!  Always!



You will treat all Veterans, families, and team members with

compassion, respect and dignity.


Performance Excellence:

You will always give your best.



You will practice professionalism, positive attitude, and passion.



You will undertake a personal responsibility for the duties entrusted to you. 





Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 2013.3102(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. 

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


  • US citizenship
  • Random drug testing
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards


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The West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring Texas is currently seeking a Nurse Practitioner (Outpatient Clinic/Home Base Primary Care) for the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Ft. Stockton, Texas for the Chief of Staff Service. 

The Nurse Practitioner will function as a primary care provider for Veteran patients at the Outpatient Clinic and at the patients home setting.  The incumbent will be responsible for the initial evaluation of a broad range of assessments; diagnosis; treatment, performing histories & physicals; ordering diagnostic & therapeutic tests and studies; initiating consults; referrals and member of a interdisciplinary team working collaboratively with other members of the health care team and provide additional activities in the area of education and quality improvement.  The Nurse Practitioner will guide, document, and appraise the performance of others, as well as identify, analyze and resolve problems that impede the delivery of patient care. 

He/she will consult with the supervising physician as needed; communicate relevant patient data in case presentations and medical records; formulate, initiate and evaluate health care teaching related to patients and families; facilitate communication related to patients and consultant to nursing and medical staff.  

Work schedule:  Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and may vary depending on the hiring facility. 


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.


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  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position.  A physical examination prior to employment will 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:

         (1)  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

         (2)  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

         (3)  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. 

The following requirements are preferred for this position: 

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. 

     [1.]  Practice.  Extent to which the RN effectively uses the nursing process components of assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation in varied practice settings. 

     [2.]  Quality of Care.  Extent to which the RN systematically evaluates and improves the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and health care delivery. 

     [3.]  Performance.  Extent to which the RN evaluates his/her own nursing practice as well as the performance of others. 

     [4.]  Education/Career Development.  Extent to which the RN acquires and uses current knowledge for self and others. 

     [5.]  Collegiality.  Extent to which the RN contributes to the professional development of peers, colleagues, and others. 

     [6.]  Ethics.  Extent to which the RN makes decisions and takes action in an ethical manner. 

     [7.]  Collaboration.  Extent to which the RN collaborates with clients, significant others, and other health care and service providers.  

     [8.]  Research.  Extent to which the RN uses research in practice. 

     [9.]  Resource Utilization.  Extent to which the RN considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, and cost in planning and delivering care. 

     (b)  The above criteria are conceptualized within the Four Dimensions of Nursing as follows: 

     1.  Practice (Practice, Ethics, Resource Utilization) 

     2.  Professional Development (Education/Career Development, Performance) 

     3.  Collaboration (Collaboration, Collegiality) 

     4.  Scientific Inquiry (Quality of Care, Research) 

     (c)  Four career paths have been established to help guide the professional nurse toward a more comprehensive use of the qualification standards throughout their professional career.  Nurses follow the career path that appropriately aligns with their functional statement.  Opportunities exist to move between the career paths as the individual shifts among the diverse nursing roles.  Movement among the career paths is a fluid and seamless transition as the individual assumes new roles during their career progression.  The paths are as follows: 

     1.  Clinical (Direct Care Nurse, Clinical Nurse Leader) 

     2.  Advanced Practice (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Practice Nurse) 

     3.  Consultant (Quality Manager, Recruiter, Educator, Researcher, Informatics, Infectious Disease) 

     4.  Supervisory (Nurse Manager, Shift Supervisor) 

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

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.  Transferring patients and objects may be required.  The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.  The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.  The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

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.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to



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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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, 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


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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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, December 20, 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: Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: . 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: Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 898746. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Required Documents:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1.Completed Online Questionnaire
2.CV or Resume
3.VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Nurses And Nurse Anesthetists (Available at
4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired).
6. Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ).
Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Hilda Lara
Phone: (432)264-4820x5575
Agency Information:
VHA West Texas VA HCS Big Springs
Department of Veterans Affairs
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring, TX


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 (Friday, December 20, 2013).  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.

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