Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner MH-Temple in Temple, Texas
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
- Temple, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Monday 9/26/2016 (26 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 9/25/2017 (338 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1803620
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.
The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for a student loan reimbursement award through the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinators for this medical center at CTXEDRP@va.gov to obtain additional information.
*Position is open until filled*
This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until 9/25/2017 This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the 1st Cut-off date being 10/7/2016 and subsequent cut-offs every 14 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.
Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.
Executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches in management of the complex patient populations.
Functions in an advanced level of nursing practice characterized with complex clinical decision making with inpatient and outpatients.
Performs comprehensive psychiatric assessments including mental status examination and differential diagnosis.
Orders diagnostic tests and discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions.
Collaborates with the physician in the use of protocols/references that will guide the Nurse Practitioner in the management of specific mental or health problems.
Prescribes pharmacological treatment for outpatients in the direct management of acute or chronic mental health disorders.
Provides direct patient care, including assessing, diagnosing, planning, and may direct the patient in non-pharmacological interventions as related to mental health problems, health promotion, and preventative care, including monitoring pharmacological effectiveness, medication side effects, and pain management.
Provides customer focused and cost effective approach to all aspects of patient care.
Provides leadership in consultation, education, and quality improvement processes.
Ensures that the practice of nursing is consistent with Joint Commission, CARF, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice psychiatric guidelines, VISN standards, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, mandatory continuing education, and HIPPA policies.
Functions independently with members of multidisciplinary team through collaboration, consultation, mutual referrals to develop and implement an individualized treatment plan and programs to meet the needs of the patients.
Makes referrals to other health professionals and community agencies.
Provides psychological and social support measures and counseling to the patient and family regarding psychiatric diagnoses, medications, and plans of care.
Assesses, prescribes, administers, and evaluates pharmacotherapeutic and non pharmacotherapeutic regimens.
Manages acute and chronic psychiatric symptoms in patients who have mental illnesses.
Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates care for patients that promotes wellness and prevents disease/ injury/ disability.
Consults and collaborates with physicians and other health care professionals to manage complex mental health problems. Develops outcome measures to monitor the quality of care and effectiveness of services. Utilizes research that contributes to the improvement of patient/ family outcomes. Initiates and participates in interdisciplinary development of treatment plans.
Identifies and collaborates with the resolution of system issues which influence the provision of patient care.
Plans and provides in-service education programs for staff related to mental health topics as needed and requested.
May occasionally work in other outpatient clinics on a temporary basis. This may involve: taking histories; brief physical examinations; mental status examinations; ordering routine diagnostic tests; assessing medication needs, medication changes or dose titration, and prescribing medications.
This is a Bargaining Unit position
- Not Required
- 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.
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.
Must maintain 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.
Must pass pre-employment physical.
*Grade Determinations: *The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
- 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; ORa 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 year's 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; ORa 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Preferred Experience: Current or prior experience in VA processes in compensation and pensin.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Education/Experience Requirements:Must possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE. Must maintain 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.) **
Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Pushing (1 hour); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability required; no skin allergies
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What To Expect Next
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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: $79,016.00 to $114,541.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: Current, permanent CTVHCS employees; Current, permanent VA employees; Current, permanent Federal employees; U.S. Citizens (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
Control Number: 450740400
Job Announcement Number: AG3816656-Cro-1803620-BU