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Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health)

VA Medical Center


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Date:
10/11/2018
2018-10-112018-11-10
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Job Details

Locations
Chattanooga, TN; Nashville, TN
Summary
Duties

The incumbent reports to the Chief of Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Mental Health. The Psychiatric/Mental Health NP performs diagnostic examinations, and treats patients in a recovery focused interdisciplinary environment. Duties include:

Providing outpatient psychiatric services within the individual's scope of practice.
Assessing patients and evaluating their care needs.
Forming a plan of care including prescribing and administering appropriate medications, providing individual and family counseling, providing referrals to other disciplines, and acting as liaison for patients with other health care providers, guardians, and their families.
Collaborating with the managing physician in the evaluation of patients.
Documenting and maintaining patient's clinical records.
Providing direct psychiatric care to Veterans.
Providing psychiatric consultation services, both within and external to MHCL.
Providing psychiatric care that is consistent with all VA policies including recovery and suicide prevention.
Providing timely treatment planning and consultation with interdisciplinary teams.
Educating staff by direct supervision, didactic, or other teaching methods.
Participating in peer review, committees, and other quality management duties.
Participating and keeping up to date on assigned VA education programs.


Work Schedule: Based on needs of the service.
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

graph of estimated pay ranges
$75,103
$125,205
Job Details
Application Open Date
9/11/2018

Application Close Date
12/31/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15514-United States Citizens

Status
Full-Time


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      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.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • Basic Requirements:
      United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      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 bachelors and masters 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.

      NOTE: The NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification to continue employment with VA. A certificate of fitness for prescribing medications is required.

      English Language Proficiency: Nurses 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).

      Additional Qualifications:
      ACLS certification is preferred.
      Certification as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner is required (PMHNP)

      Nurse Practitioner and RN license is required.IF your nursing program is not listed on one of the websites below, and the program was accredited at the time of graduation, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies, or from the Director of the Nursing program from your school, as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE. Your college transcripts are not proof of this accreditation.***1NLNAC web site; http://www.acenursing.org/
      OR
      The CCNE accredits bachelors 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. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

      Preferred Experience:
      1. 5 years of experience in Mental Health.
      2. Experience with PTSD and Substance Abuse.
      3. American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certificate (AHA-BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

      Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

      Grade Determinations:

      Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience;
      OR
      an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
      a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
      a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.

      Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
      ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR
      a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR
      a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

      Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience;
      OR
      a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

      References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      Physical Requirements: The work is mainly sedentary. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending for periods of time. The work requires working under stressful conditions in a fast-pace setting to facilitate patient care.

      Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting, examination, and training rooms, or libraries. The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.
  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section
  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section
    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/31/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0610-Nurse
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings:
      Job Position: CBAJ-10285307-18-PSH

      The incumbent reports to the Chief of Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Mental Health. The Psychiatric/Mental Health NP performs diagnostic examinations, and treats patients in a recovery focused interdisciplinary environment. Duties include:

      Providing outpatient psychiatric services within the individual's scope of practice.
      Assessing patients and evaluating their care needs.
      Forming a plan of care including prescribing and administering appropriate medications, providing individual and family counseling, providing referrals to other disciplines, and acting as liaison for patients with other health care providers, guardians, and their families.
      Collaborating with the managing physician in the evaluation of patients.
      Documenting and maintaining patient's clinical records.
      Providing direct psychiatric care to Veterans.
      Providing psychiatric consultation services, both within and external to MHCL.
      Providing psychiatric care that is consistent with all VA policies including recovery and suicide prevention.
      Providing timely treatment planning and consultation with interdisciplinary teams.
      Educating staff by direct supervision, didactic, or other teaching methods.
      Participating in peer review, committees, and other quality management duties.
      Participating and keeping up to date on assigned VA education programs.


      Work Schedule: Based on needs of the service.
      Financial Discloser Report: Not required

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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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