Nurse Practitioner - Mental Health
Department of Veterans Affairs - Hines, IL

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WHO WE ARE

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 1. CURRENT PERMANENT EMPLOYEE OF THE FACILITY FOR WHICH THE POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED

2. ALL OTHER CANDIDATES.

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: HN-0233-841362-PM

Vacancy Identification Number: 841362

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

  • Abraham Lincoln
Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Nurse Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.

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

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Hines VAH currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Kankakee, Elgin, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions. The main medical school affiliation is the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A,

Appointment of persons with disabilities

[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or

Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

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:
Mental Health Service

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

This Nurse Practitioner provides nursing care, management and treatment of the patient with acute and chronic mental health conditions, in collaboration with the physician/psychiatrist and through the implementation of standardized procedures. Specific functions pertaining to the Hines hospital and the Mental Health Service Line are established by Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Nurse Practitioner Guidelines and approved by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. The NP provides mental health care functions and participates in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services in mental health programs. The NP is prepared in advanced practice across the area of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

This practice includes independent and interdependent decision-making and direct accountability for clinical judgment. The NP is aligned within the Mental Service Line to provide to, facilitate, coordinate, and deliver comprehensive mental health care to Veterans at Hines VA Hospital. The NP role includes participating in and use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management and consultation. The NP provides patient and family health education with a focus on the recovery model, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient’s goals.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATIONS:
·

Must be a citizen of the United States.

·

Possess a master’s degree from a program from 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.

·

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

·

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.

·

Possess full and current certification as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or other nationally recognized certifying body.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATONS:
·

2 years of successful nursing practice experience

·

Current certification in BLS/CPR

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. 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.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States

, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S.

education programs.

Veterans Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, 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 and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.

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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

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

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

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

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