Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care/PACT) in Long Beach, California

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

Opened Friday 6/24/2016 (119 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 6/23/2017 (245 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1723360

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 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 Nurse Practitioner works as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team, collaborating with other members of the team to provide medical care to Veterans. The Nurse Practitioner is expected to demonstrate advanced competencies and skills in assessing the physical and psychosocial status of men and women patients; play an active role in the multidisciplinary Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT); promote preventive health measures, manage the acute and chronic conditions of his/her assigned panel of patients and those patients assigned to other team members when circumstances require. Provides comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention, including health history, physical examination, and patient education to men and women Veterans in the Primary Care Team setting; Outpatients include both rescheduled and unscheduled Veterans. Functions as an integral part of a Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Team to coordinate, facilitate, and provide patient care and services; Discriminate between normal and abnormal findings to establish a diagnosis and initiate appropriate response to emergency health problems. Initiate appropriate referrals and consultation to other clinical services. Order and evaluate diagnostic tests as appropriate, recommend treatment and/or referral. Establish and coordinate a plan of care related to patients identified problems. Validate the effectiveness of previously implemented medical treatment. Initiate, evaluate, and change orders for medications. Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement. Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, ongoing management and therapeutic outcomes, order medications, diagnostic tests and referral consultations where needed for every patient encounter. Recording will be accomplished using the electronic comprehensive patient record system (CPRS), and will be completed on the day of the encounter. Respond to computerized "Alerts" indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to MyHealtheVet/Secure Messaging requests from Veterans/family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted). Utilizes telephone visits, telehealth, and other non face to face modalities to follow patients. Follow Performance Measure guidelines including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS; access and timeliness standards; prescription order entry, National VA Formula requirements and Customer Services standards. Work efficiently with patients, families, members of the multi-disciplinary team, and other VA staff. Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adheres to personal and professional obligations and ethical standards. Sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, at all times, conducts him/herself in a professional manner treating patients, visitors and staff in a courteous manner. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner will participate in fire and disaster drills. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner will complete appropriate evaluation and paperwork for special incidents such as medication errors, falls, injuries, adverse drug reactions, etc. The Nurse Practitioner will participate in the continuous quality improvement program. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is expected to be familiar with and comply with all national standards utilized at this medical treatment facility, including VA Performance Measures and Monitors, Joint Commission, and National Committee for Quality Assurnce (NCQA) standards.

Work Schedule:* Monday-Friday.*

We are a 24/7 operation. Incumbents for this position may be required to work nights, holidays, weekends, and off-tour to meet the needs of our Veterans.**

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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. 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. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • 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.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
  • Nationally recognized certification as a Family/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • Valid DEA# is required.
  • One (1) year of experience working as a Nurse Practitioner. (Clinical rotations are not counted towards the one year)

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working as Nurse Practitioner in a multidisciplinary team to support better patient outcomes.

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.

*Grade Determinations: *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.

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

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:Light Lifting, under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, pulling hand over hand 1.5 hours (varies), pushing, 1 hour (varies), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (12 hours-varies), Standing (12 hours-varies), repeated bending (4 hours varies), climbing, legs only (.2 hours-varies), both legs required (prosthetics OK), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 12" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, must have good vision in one eye. Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: VA Nurses earn annual leave at a rate 8 hours per pay period.

Other Information

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: $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: 441144300

Job Announcement Number: VR-1723360 T38-16-65 (GS)