Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (Mental Health) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
6 vacancies in the following location:
  • West Palm Beach, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 5/31/2016 (142 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1466219

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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

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.

This announcement is intended to be open until all vacancies are filled. Applicants will be referred as they apply. The first referral date will be Monday, June 6th, 2016. Applicants will then be referred every subsequent Monday thereafter until the vacancies are filled.


The West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for several Nurse Practitioners and/or Physician Assistants. The Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants will function within Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service. The incumbent may work out of the West Palm Beach Medical Center and/or Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Incumbent may travel to outlying CBOC's as assigned. May require the incumbent to work nights and weekends. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing psychiatric and medical care to Veterans and eligible dependents at the Medical Center.
  • Performing history and physical examinations, psychiatric interviews, ordering appropriate lab tests and studies (to include EKG, PPD, X-rays, CTs, MRIs, and other studies as appropriate) and interpreting the results of those tests and studies for outpatients.
  • Ordering consultations to other specialties as clinically indicated in the care of the patients.
  • Making clinical determinations and diagnoses (utilizing ICD-10 and/or DSM5), ordering and prescribing medications, performing basic medical procedures, facilitating inpatient admissions and admission orders, assisting with the Baker Act evaluations and providing patient education and basic mental health support/counseling/interventional services, as well as other routine duties as assigned.
  • Modifying services to best meet the treatment needs of Veterans and to promote efficient practice, coordinating with other services offered in the treatment program and assuring such services are complementary and comprehensive.
  • Consulting and liaising with other Mental Health programs, as well as other services in the Medical Center to provide needed care and services.
  • Providing services while utilizing professional skill, objectively, insight, advanced clinical training, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options and recognizing potential high risk factors, acuity and needs for services.
  • Initiating, following through and evaluating the efficacy of interventions.
  • Performing history and physical examinations and providing, or making recommendations for, ongoing care of Veterans admitted to the inpatient Mental Health unit, and those admitted to Medical units who require co-management by Mental Health.
  • Participating in quality management, clinical pertinence reviews, peer reviews and/or participating in program evaluation pertinent to the clinical effectiveness of treatment programs.
  • Timely completion of the Mental Health Suite for all treating patients.
  • Maintaining competency and national certification as a nurse practitioner/physician assistant through continuing education and other activities as required for the position and their licensure.

Work Schedule: * Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evening hour tours vary; may be required to work afterhours, holidays and on-call. The incumbents will be required to work at the West Palm Beach Medical Center and/or CBOC's. *Functional Statement Title/#:Nurse Practitioner/#000000 or Physician Assistant/#000000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be 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 possess a valid, unrestricted State-issued Driver's license.

Basic Qualifications:

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following requirements:

Nurse Practitioner Qualification Requirements: * United States Citizen * Licensed or otherwise recognized as a Nurse Practitioner in any state. * Possess a Master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE. * Maintain a full and current certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. * Possess a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Physician Assistant Qualification Requirements: * United States Citizen * Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and * Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. * Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Note: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years. Failure to obtain license within two years will result in termination.

In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, successful candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Experience and extensive knowledge in the field of Mental Health.
  • Possess prescriptive authority.
  • Ability to work independently and make highly competent professional judgments and decisions to provide support for physicians.
  • Evidence of solid clinical acumen.
  • Ability to work on an interdisciplinary team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

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. **

Reference: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:This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Security Clearance


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: 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.

This announcement is intended to be open until all vacancies are filled. Applicants will be referred as they apply. The first referral date will be Monday, June 6th, 2016. Applicants will then be referred every subsequent Monday thereafter until the vacancies are filled.

Salary Range: $56,895.00 to $109,479.00 / Per Year

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

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 410969100

Job Announcement Number: WF-16-MB-MHC-1466219-BU-SR