Nurse Practitioner, Behavioral Health

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 783523
Nurse Practitioner, Behavioral Health, VA Montana Health Care System, Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Kalispell, Montana
Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and is based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians - to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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.
Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country''s service.
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. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").
America''s Veterans need you!
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The incumbent for this position 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 is an open-continuous announcement. Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official every other week. Once a selection is made, the announcement will close.
US citizenship English language proficiency Background/suitability investigation Current, full, active and unrestricted registration Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination Random drug testing
Seeking a full-time Nurse Practitioner certified in Psychiatry for Behavioral Health.
The incumbent provides outpatient med management/behavioral health care to eligible Veterans with acute, chronic, and/or special needs. Incumbent works in the ambulatory care setting of the Behavioral Health Unit, VA Montana Healthcare System and supports the mission and vision of the Healthcare System. S/he must communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of clinicians in order to ensure quality treatment and care to the veteran. S/he submits comprehensive psychiatric assessments and treatment planswith detailed evaluations of patient's psychiatric condition and behavior including current condition, past history, mental status exam, diagnosis and future plans for patients seen in a routine and crisis care. The incumbent's duties include tele-health care and discharge planning. S/he identifies underlying medical conditions complicating psychiatric care with referrals to appropriate clinics. S/he has an attitude of striving for continuous growth and improvement; is open to feedback from regular ongoing chart reviews and from other team members and has demonstrated interest and excellence of working in a team setting. Current BLS is required for this position. If selected for Kalispell location, travel to Fort Harrison will be needed for training.
Relocation & Recruitment Incentives: Incentives are authorized for this position and may be offered for a highly qualified candidate. All incentive requests must be completed and approved prior to the employee''s entry on duty date.
U.S. citizenship
English language proficiency (written and spoken)
Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
Registration - 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. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA.
Educational requirements can be met as follows: 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: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR 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. OR 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.
Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner 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 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: Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
The criteria are as follows:
Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.
Salary determination will be made by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
NOTE : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.
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.
Veteran''s Preference : When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.
Veterans with service-connected disability of _less than_ 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans'' Preference, go to .
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).
The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 04, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.
Note : To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to . Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 783523. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
2. Fax your documents to .
Required Documents:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Occupational Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume
3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Nurses And Nurse Anesthetists - Available at
4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired).
6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
7. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement (Thursday, September 04, 2014).
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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