Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) in Long Beach, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Long Beach, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/18/2015 (343 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/17/2016 (22 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1550781

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 .


Position is open continuous. Applications will be referred as they are reviewed.


The incumbent serves as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the VA Long Beach. The incumbent is directly accountable to the Chief of the Health Care Group, Patient Services. The incumbent has overall accountability and responsibility providing treatment and care to patients including, but not limited to, complete history and physical examinations, performs intake and diagnostic interviews and treatment of their biopsychosocial needs in collaboration with the attending physicians. He/she provides leadership in discharge planning in collaboration with the members of the team, patient's families, and/or conservator. The incumbent will be expected to order appropriate diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions. Provide medication management as well as educate patients about all interventions; practices within the guidelines as established through the credentialing and privileging process, utilize the expertise of attending physicians as indicated and evaluates care provided; and provides leadership on the interdisciplinary team in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating health care for the patient population being served. The incumbent provides care to patients demonstration advanced assessment and decision making. Additionally, the incumbent will actively initiate performance improvement activities and demonstrate leadership in collaborative work with the members of the team; encourage, support, facilitate, and participate in research activities and applies research findings to clinical practice; and demonstrate ability to establish relationships with professional and/or health groups within the community.This position may require: (a) working evenings and weekend; and (b) working at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics that are located within commuting distance of the Medical Center.

"This position is part of the President's Mental Health Initiative for Veterans. VA mental health professionals are core members of the interdisciplinary care teams, working with primary care and other health care professionals in an effort to provide the best, most comprehensive care possible. Because VA is focused on patient-centered care, we need our mental health professionals to have the flexibility to work atypical and varied work schedules and varied clinic settings."

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

Citizen of the United States. 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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. 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. 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 a 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.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN 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. Education/Experience Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Nationally recognized certification in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner required.


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

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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 .

Other Information

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

Salary Range: $87,771.00 to $150,136.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 420841700

Job Announcement Number: VR-1550781 T38-15-355 (GS)