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Job Title:Advance Practice Nurse-MHC

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-13-951687

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,677.00 to $101,939.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 06, 2013 to Friday, October 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


3 vacancies in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  951687


 Tour of Duty:  Nights and Weekends 


Salary grade and step will be determined by a Professional Standard Boards


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.



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  

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.  This is a bargaining unit position.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • **Please see the 'How To Apply' and 'Required Documents' sections**
  • COPY of Licensure/Certification/Registration required to be submitted.
  • You must submit: VA Form 10-2850a, Resume/CV and License


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Three vacancies exist for Nurse Practitioners within Mental Health Service.  The incumbents will serve as Mental Health Service In-House Afterhours Nurse Practitioners.  These are full-time positions. Odd tours, weekends and holidays may be required. These are Title 38 bargaining unit positions. 


POSITION SUMMARY:  The APN is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the patient’s medical care in collaboration with psychiatrists, ED staff and other medical professionals in the Medical Center.  He/she provides direct patient care.  The IHAH APN is expected to provide direct patient care by performing comprehensive psychiatric assessments on an urgent or routine basis after hours within the Medical Center.  The incumbent will admit and plan initial treatment for a variety of patients.  Admission will include physical exam as well as a complete Mental Status Exam and write complete admission orders to include laboratory studies and medication as necessary.  The incumbent works primarily in the Mental Health Service and prioritizes those requests, but initially also is available after hours to the Hospice and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation unit.   Hospitalists are available for consultation regarding medical issues as needed.     The incumbent will formulate differential diagnoses based on findings using the current addition of the DSM; prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in the direct management of acute and chronic diseases; promotion of wellness and the prevention of illness.


The incumbent focuses on new admission work ups routine and urgent as requested, follow-up, documentation of progress notes whenever a clinical condition requires an intervention, ordering diagnostic studies, as well as the education of veterans, family and staff. 


The APN is responsible for the teaching of concepts and clinical skills within his/her area of expertise of students from local, regional and national medical, nursing and pharmacy school(s).  Additionally the APN participates in QA activities, peer review, medical record reviews; meets timeliness for documentation and productivity standards; protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statues and policy. 



Please see the 'Required Documents' section below to submit a complete application packet (Application VA Form 10-2850a, Resume, License (copy), etc.).


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Basic Requirements


(1) Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.


(2) 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. 

      1.  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or


      2.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


      (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. 

      (c)]  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.


(3) Registration


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. 


(4) Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


(5) 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).


Four Dimensions of Nursing

Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration, Scientific Inquiry


Education/Experience Requirements:


•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.

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)  Clinical Nurse Specialists.  A clinical nurse specialist must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE [and maintain full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist 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.]

(c) Prescriptive Authority. Must be license with prescriptive privileges.


Preferred Qualifications:

a. Prescriptive authority is required
b. Two years successful experience as a Nurse Practitioner; mental health experience strongly preferred
c. Proficiency in organizing/achieving a wide range of duties and responsibilities
d. Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of an interdisciplinary team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care
e. Working knowledge of computerized medical records and various computer application programs
f. Demonstrated knowledge of effective customer service techniques in order to work and deal with individuals with varied backgrounds and levels of understanding.
g. Demonstrated ability in recognizing and responding appropriately to emergency situations (CPR and resuscitative methods)


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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

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 your rating or 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, 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

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  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.

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


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If you are FAXING:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package  (see Required Documents section below).

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 18, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 951687.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


    Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.


The following documents are required to be submitted by all Applicants when applying to this Announcement:

  1. Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists 10-2850a, VA Form 10-2850a available at: 
  2. Resume/CV
  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire (if faxing follow instructions above)  View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. COPY of Nursing License [If you do not have a copy of the licensure, please submit proof/verification (i.e., from the state's website)]
  5. Any other documents such as a copy of College Transcripts and/or BLS/ACLS certification, etc.

Your Application/resume must include dates of employment and should state whether the work was full-time or part-time (Note: if part-time work, please include the approx. number of hours worked per week).


(e)MAILED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please submit application materials online or by fax only.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  Please submit a complete application package prior to the closing date.  Include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The information you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.


Pamela Britt
Phone: (937)268-6511x1860
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and a qualification determination will be made. You will be notified when a decision is made. If you qualify, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified if you are referred.

**All Applicants will receive email notifications of their status throughout the application process.**

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