Nurse Practitioner
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Walla Walla, WA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 663517

This position may be filled by either a Psychiatrist or a Nurse Practitioner. The position is located in the Behavioral Health Service.

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.

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. 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 Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon. If you would like more information regarding the facility please go to the following website: http://www.wallawalla.va.gov/

Walla Walla is a pleasant town of 40,000 near the beautiful Blue Mountain range of SE Washington State. Excellent public schools and two 4-year colleges are an asset. Our Main Street has been ranked as one of the best small town main streets in the U.S. Sunset Magazine has proclaimed Walla Walla as one of the 10 best small towns in the U.S. and as a tourist destination because of the internationally acclaimed wine industry.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:
The Nurse Practitioner provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment for the full range of psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, and mood disorders. Care is provided in an outpatient mental health clinic, in collaboration with a team of psychologists, social workers, and addiction therapists.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Education.

(a) Nurse Practitioners must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

(1) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.

(2) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs.

c. Registration . Nurse Practitioner must have a current, full, active and unrestricted license or otherwise be recognized as a Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U. S. or in the District of Columbia.

d. Specialty Certification . 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 a 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. For this position, the certification specialty must be in Psychiatry.

e. English Language: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding experience.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant’s ability to perform the duties of a position.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by application will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...