Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner (Multi-disciplinary) in Prescott, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Prescott, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 7/22/2016 (93 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1757028 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?

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.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


This position is for a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or a psychiatric Physician Assistant for the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic of the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, AZ.

A collaborating physician will be assigned, An additional physician may be designated as an alternate collaborating physician. This position is authorized to write medical orders on inpatients and/or outpatients assigned to the facility for care. Every order or prescription written by the incumbent will be within the parameters of the incumbent's scope of practice.

Routine duties for the incumbent includes, but is not limited to:

  • Mental Health assessments, including suicide risk assessments and diagnostic assessments for acute and chronic mental health conditions.

  • Crisis evaluation & intervention management

  • Treatment, including psychiatric pharmacotherapy within the formulary guidelines and non-pharmacotherapy interventions (i.e. psychotherapies).

  • Consultative and liaison services.

  • Administrative duties.

  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests.

  • Teaching and counseling patients/families including health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Teaching and consulting with Primary Care staff regarding Mental Health conditions.

  • Referrals to specialty care services

  • Hospital admissions for mental conditions

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team

  • Teach assigned trainees

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Tour of duty: Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM with possible weekend, holiday, evening and night hours.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized for this position.

Education and Debt Reduction Program benefits are authorized for this position (subject to budget availability).

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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must have an active license in your respective field.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


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), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 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 of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree program, 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.

(a) The completion of course work equivalent to a nursing degree in an 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 an 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 education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.

(b) In cases of graduates of foriegn 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.

Registrations, Condition of Employment. A nurse practioner (NP) 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.

Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

English Language Proficiency. NP's 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).

Nurse Practioners 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 Practioners. A nurse practioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practioner 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 practioner 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.]


Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:

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

(2) Graduation from a PA training program of at 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. As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-certified PA's on VA rolls as of that date.

Physical Standards. See Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency. PA's appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 74079(d).

Restriction. Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All physician assistants must meet the requirement prescribed above.

Preferred Experience: Experience in the Mental Health field preferred.

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

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.

Applicants must meet pre-employment physical standards IAW VA Handbook 5019.

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 an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

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

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

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $126,268.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603, 0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445233900

Job Announcement Number: MS-16-ERF-1757028BU