Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health APRN-RX)
Department of Veterans Affairs 2,032 reviews - Pago Pago, AS

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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

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.

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 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.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses

are not

authorized for this position. Recruitment or Relocation incentive may or may not be authorized.

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this position on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered until vacancy is filled.


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

Uses expert clinical judgment in the management of care to complex and specialized patient populations, resulting in a positive impact/improvement across the organization.

Guides staff in the implementation of the nursing process and evaluation of patient care outcomes.

Organizes care delivery in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a manner that promotes continuity and accountability for patient care.

Is innovative and self-directed in developing and implementing complex and sophisticated programs for optimizing patient care and enhanced management of resources.

Elicits staff and Interdisciplinary Team participation.

Actively participates in the development of Service Line/Service philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures.

Is responsible for assuring that unit philosophy, objectives and necessary policies and procedures are developed.

Is proactive in implementing policies and procedures, including medication

Administration at the unit level and monitors compliance by staff members.

Initiates and implements corrective actions as indicated at the work area and service/organizational level.

Initiates and leads program planning and problem identification/resolution resulting in an improvement of care at the service or organizational level.

Reviews medical history, laboratory/radiological findings, medication history, and health screening.

Assesses health status, illness condition, and response to illness and health risks.

In psychiatry, performs crisis evaluation.

Performs examinations as indicated:
physical and/or psychiatric to include ordering diagnostic studies such as laboratory and radiologic tests.

Diagnoses medical and/or psychiatric conditions and prescribes medications appropriate to the condition(s).

Writes for consultations as indicated.

In psychiatry, provides individual and group therapy/counseling, marital therapy.

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency


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)

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.

Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists


On and after March 17, 2009, registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications.

This includes employees appointed before March 17, 2009, who obtain such qualifications on or after March 17, 2009.

Clinical Nurse Specialists.

A clinical nurse specialist must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE

and maintain full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist 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.

Prescriptive Authority.


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.

VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) 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:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application


or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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