Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Clinic, Lufkin Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin, Texas

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1982334

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

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 Preferred*Nurse Practitioner* for the Mental Health Clinic in Lufkin, Texas, would be one with outpatient and crisis Mental Health experience and would be able to cover a wide range of Mental Health needs.

Applicants who are current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under Job Announcement JP-17-VAR-1981922-BU

Duties

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Health Care System is seeking outstanding Nurse Practitioners to join our Mental Health Community Clinic Care teams. He/she will provide comprehensive mental health care and crisis management to patients under the Mental Health Care Line model. The type of care is served to the Veteran population with diseases consistent to those seen in the general population including but not limited to: acute and chronic mental health illness, gender specific health care, military sexual trauma, and combat trauma. The incumbent will work closely with a mental health care team model with a major focus on coordination of care, crisis management, and optimum mental well-being.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Assess the needs and plan intervention for individuals/families

• Facilitate the delivery of acute and chronic mental health care

• Assist individuals/families to achieve optimal levels of mental health well-being through collaboration with healthcare professionals in both the medical and therapeutic care lines.

• Exercise medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for veterans with mental health needs

• Exhibit leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies

• Involvement in direct patient care, patient and family teaching, staff education, and multidisciplinary consultations and collaborations.

• Consistent demonstration of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with serious mental illness

• Maintain NP Standards of Practice and follow approved scopes of practice

• Serve as a resource person for standards development in mental health care in the area of quality improvement concerns

• Perform other duties as assigned

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m

Functional Statement Title/#:Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Clinic, Lufkin Outpatient Clinic

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

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.
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE: 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.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a nurse practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • 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.] *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 III -Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner

Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

No NP experience required

  • Nurse II - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner; 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. Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected. 2-3 years NP experience required
  • Nurse III - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

  • 3 years experience required

Preferred Experience:The Preferred Nurse Practitioner for the Mental Health Clinic in Beaumont, Texas, would be one with outpatient and crisis Mental Health experience and would be able to cover a wide range of Mental Health needs.

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.

Note: 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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).**

Physical Requirements:Registered Nurse Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting 50 lbs and over (intermittently); Carrying up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Repeated bending; Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Stooping (intermittently); Squatting (intermittently); Kneeling (occasionally); Use of both arms; Use of both hands; Use of fingers; Overhead work, both arms (intermittently); Prolonged walking (up to 4 hours/day); Prolonged standing (up to 4 hours/day); Sitting (up to 2 hours/day); Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13-16 inches; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds; Emotional and mental stability – ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

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.

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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473620200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $81,255 to $138,600 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Series: 0610 Nurse

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: JP-17-VAR-1982334-BU

Control number: 473620200