Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Integrated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Ukiah Clinic in Ukiah, California

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This position is located in the Ukiah, CA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). This clinic is an extension of the San Francisco VA. This clinic provides both Primary Care and Mental health services to veterans in the rural Northern California region. As a Nurse Practitioner for this program, you will be providing care as part of a team that cares for the Veterans of this area.

* Ukiah is a unique town that will charm you with its rich character, natural surroundings and close proximity to world-class amenities. With 300 days of sunshine and a temperate climate, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, a vibrant art scene and cultural events. Named California's best small town, Ukiah beckons you to explore all that it has to offer. *

*A recruitment incentive may be available for a well-qualified candidate**

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.

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Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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Ukiah Community Based Outpatient Clinic

630 Kings Court

Ukiah, California 95482

The Integrated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) provides care for an identified group of adult veterans with chronic psychiatric disorders and works in collaboration with a care tea. The core functions of this role include, but are not limited to, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health care problems, performing adult physical and mental health exams and prescribing medications and treatments.

The PMHNP increases accessibility and access for veterans in a large rural setting by evaluating and treating both physical and mental health concerns simultaneously, combining appointments, and teaching health promotion and disease prevention to patients, staff and the community. Accessibility to mental health services is also increased by this NP's location within the Primary Practice Clinic for the Ukiah CBOC and his/her work with other primary care clinicians to reach veterans families and community agencies that work with veterans.

The Rural Health Integrated PMHNP is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provides holistic and comprehensive patient care using a bio-psycho-social approach
  • Carries a panel of chronically mentally ill patient s with co-morbid conditions such as SUD and complex medical needs
  • Triages both mental health and primary care patients
  • Co-manages patients with multiple chronic health conditions, such as, diabetes, COPD, cancer, CVD, PD, and AD as an example
  • Acts as a liaison between Primary Care and Mental Health
  • Performs comprehensive history and physical on returning combat Veterans
  • Provides consultation to Mental Health Staff regarding Primary Care issues and Primary Care staff regarding Mental Health issues on a timely bases (warm hand off)
  • Acts as the point of contact for the clinic's Military Sexual Trauma
  • Participates as a PACT team member and patient educator for "teach for success"
  • Participates in the VA rural health and woman's health care initiatives
  • Provides individual psychotherapy and group therapy-using CBT, MI and supportive counseling
  • Provides community educational series and outreach to rural health clinics and other services as requested
  • Works with local ED and County Crisis Services to provide effective crisis interventions to Veterans

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday clinic hours with some flexibility Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner Nurse III/000000

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.
  • 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. *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.


Approximately 2 years of Primary Care/Mental Health experience

Current NP Furnishing License and verification of experience to furnish preferred.

National Certification as a Mental Health Practitioner

Current DEA number for prescribing.

Current BLS

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: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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: $90,327.00 to $150,578.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453227300

Job Announcement Number: NQ-17-JAM-1824243-BU