Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner/PA (HBPC) Abilene/Big Spring, Tx in Abilene, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Abilene, TX
  • Big Spring, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 5/31/2016 (149 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1717278 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?

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care Service, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, a catchment area of 53,000 square miles. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.

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.


The West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas is currently recruiting for the position of Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant for the Home Based Primary Care Program. This position may be located based in Abilene and/or Big Spring, Texas.

*The Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant will function as a primary care provider at the patients' home setting. He/she will be responsible for the initial evaluation of a broad range of assessments; diagnosis; treatments; 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/Physician Assistant will guide, document, and appraise the performance of others, as well as identify, analyze and resolve problems that impede the delivery of patient care. *

*Incumbent must be able to travel within the catchment area during his/her tour of duty. Incumbent may be required to staff an HBPC clinic. One-two years experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician Assistant in Adult Health or as a Geriatric Practitioner-Prescriptive Authority is highly preferred. *

H*e/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 consult to nursing and medical staff.*


PLEASE NOTE: Salary range will vary for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant determined by the Professional Standards Board.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and may vary by the hiring facility.

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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.


Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Within tour Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 pm within the catchment area.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Must meet Physical Standards


  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


(1) Bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or

(2) Graduation from a PA training program of a least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or

(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.

Certification - Must possess certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).

Preferred Experience: One-two years experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician Assistant in Adult Health or as Geriatric Practitioner-Prescriptive Authority is highly preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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: *This position requires moderate lifting, 15-45 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, straight pulling and pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling; repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, hearing (aid permitted), and clear speech.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

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

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

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

Salary Range: $65,172.00 to $113,023.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 440407500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-519-NR-16-1717278BU-hhl