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Job Title:  Nurse Practitioner (Compensation & Pension and Emergency Department)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  T38-13-35-CSB-906388

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$53,706.00 to $92,322.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to Thursday, September 5, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Clarksburg, WV United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 906388

This announcement has a current closing date of September 12, 2013.  We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals.  If the vacancy is filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed.

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.


Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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Please Note:  Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are required for this position.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

This is a full-time position, with half of the time being spent in Compensation & Pension (C & P) and the other half of the time spent in the Emergency Department (ED).


In C & P, major duties/responsibilities include:


Performing compensation & pension (disability) examinations, which includes review of medical records, obtaining history, performing physical examinations of the Veterans, assimilation of lab and x-ray data, and completion of final reports.


Strong computer skills are necessary as the selectee uses an electronic medical record to order all appropriate lab and x-ray tests and for the completion of the C & P medical examination report.


These reports are provided to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for determinations of service-connected disability and benefits.  The selectee draws on an extensive medical knowledge base to make appropriate diagnoses, assess the level of function, and evaluate the claimed condition’s relationship to the Veteran’s active military service.  The selectee also provides medical opinions relating to service-connected benefits, receives cases on appeal, and responds to referrals in a timely manner.


Other duties as assigned.


In the Emergency Department, major duties/responsibilities include:


~ Provide evaluation, stabilization, and disposition of patients that present to the ED.

~ Provide direct patient care in the ED under the guidance of the ED physician(s).

~ Document of all ED visits through the electronic medical record.

~ Other duties as assigned.



Tour of Duty:  Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. or 9:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center.


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Please Note:  Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are required for this position.

VA Qualification Standard for Nurse


Basic Requirements

Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Graduation from School of Nursing

(a)  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 bachelor's and master's 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.


(b)  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.  In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment.  Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work.  A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA.  Bridge programs that confer a Master’s Degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor’s Degree is not awarded.


(c)  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.


NOTE:  Most individuals admitted as permanent residents or adjusting to permanent resident status as registered nurses on or after December 14, 1998, for the purpose of working as a registered nurse, must meet the certification requirements in Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (Pub. L. 104-208, September 30, 1996).  This certification involves a review of the alien’s education, training, license(s), and experience, verification that the alien possess an acceptable level of competence in written and oral English, and a requirement that the individual has passed either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination or the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. examination, the NCLEX-RN.  For additional information see Pub. L. 104-208, 63 Federal Register 55007-55012, dated October 14, 1998, and the CGFNS web site.



(a)  Condition of Employment.  A registered nurse (RN) will have a 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 appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.


(b)  Impaired Registration.  An impaired registration is any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status.  A registered nurse who has or ever had any such impairment to their registration as listed above may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 15 of this part.


English Language Proficiency.  RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists.  On and after March 17, 2009, registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications.  This includes employees appointed before [March 17, 2009], who obtain such qualifications on or after [March 17, 2009.]


(a)  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.


(b)  Prescriptive Authority.  This handbook does not address any additional requirements that nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists must meet before they are granted prescriptive authority.



(1)  Successful Nursing Practice.  Documented evidence of experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality.  This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided the candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as a Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse (See chapter 3, section G, paragraph 5, this part).  It may also include performance as a VA registered nurse that is at or above the fully satisfactory level.  Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Proficiency Report, VA Form 10-2623, the VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Employment – Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists, or on a candidate’s resume.

(2)  Length of Nursing Practice (Experience).  The amount of time documented on VA Form 10-2850a or on a candidate’s resume.  (A performance evaluation or reference covering the candidate’s most recent employment as a RN is essential.) Part-time experience as a RN is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek.  For example, a RN who worked 20 hours a week (i.e., on a half-time basis) would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service.

Grade Determinations
Experience as a nurse practitioner/registered nurse 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.    


Reference:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard





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.

Physical Requirements:  Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), reaching over shoulders, use of fingers,  both hands required, walking (8 hrs.), standing (8 hrs.), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13-16 in. to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, use of both eyes, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), hearing without aid, clear speech, and mental and emotional stability.


Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans must provide a legible copy of your    DD214(s) that shows character of discharge and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form, along with additional documentation, as noted in the "Required Documents" section of "How To Apply".  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans visit




Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions WILL affect consideration for employment.


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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


Please Note:  This position is being announced as Physician Assistant (Compensation & Pension and Emergency Department) as well.  The total number of available positions is one.

Successful completion of a two year probationary period is required.

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

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


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 12, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10 2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists, Copy of Current Licensure, Copy of Current Certification as Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner, Copy of Current Basic Life Support Certification, Copy of Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

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):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 906388.
  2. 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 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 12, 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:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. 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.






 ***PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE".  FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKET BEING INCOMPLETE AND NOT REFERRED FOR CONSIDERATION.  Note – Application, Current Licensure, Current Certification as an Adult or Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, and Current Basic Life Support Certification, and Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification are document type “Other”.

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a COMPLETE Application Package which includes the following (failure to provide a complete application packet will result in you not being considered for referral to the selecting official):

1.  Completed online questionnaire.  This is a requirement and must be completed.

2.  Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist.  Link to application  -  Please be certain to answer questions 17A, B, & C on Page 1 of the application.  If you answer "yes" to any question 30-39 on page 3, you MUST provide detailed information on a separate sheet of paper, as per the instructions.    This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet.

3.  Detailed resume, to include work schedule and hours worked per week, as well as "to" and "from" dates of employment.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

4.  Copy of unofficial transcript(s) - official transcript(s) will be required before being hired.  Transcript(s) MUST include your name, name of school/college, date completion/certification, and certification conferred.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

5.  Copy of current nursing licensure.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

6.  Copy of current certification as an adult or family practice nurse practitioner.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

7.  Copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet. 

8.  Copy of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

9.  Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) Office of Personnel Management Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment.  Link to form -    This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet.

10.  Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your status - if current or former Federal civilian employee.  This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

11.  Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - if prior militaryCopy MUST show character of discharge.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

12.  Copy of letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - if prior military and you have service-connected disability.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

13.  Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - if prior military and you have a service-connected disability.  Link to form -    This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable. 


Chauna S. Bucklew
Phone: (304)623-3461x3396
Agency Information:
VHA Clarksburg VAMC
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
Clarksburg, WV


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions WILL affect consideration for employment.

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