Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832831
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 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.
Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determing the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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(not an employee of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System), to be considered for this job
you must submit
Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA form 10-2850a) and the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306). If we do not receive these two forms, you will have an incomplete application and will not be considered.
****PLEASE NOTE: NEW FORM OF-306 FORM REVISED DATE OF OCT. 2011. YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE THIS FORM IN YOUR APPLICATION MANAGER. PLEASE SEE LINK IN THE INSTRUCTION ON FORMS 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.
The Nurse Practitioner (Substance Abuse Treatment Program) position is located in the Mental Health Care Line in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and reports the SATP Coordinator who is under the Chief, Behavioral Health and the Chief, Mental Health Care Line. The Nurse Practitioner (SATP) is responsible for the administration and evaluation of health care for patients with mental health problems. The NP provides intensive clinical case management services to Veterans who have chronic, severe, and persistent psychiatric illnesses. The NP uses sound judgment in assessing patients and evaluating the care needs, forms a plan of care including prescribing and administering appropriate medications, providing individual and family counseling, providing referrals to other disciplines as needed, and acting as a liaison for patients with other health care providers, guardians, and their families. The NP provides screening, counseling, administers clinical judgment and prescribes care to patients utilizing approval protocols. The NP collaborates with the managing physician as necessary in the evaluation of patients, and indentifies internal and external resources and initiates appropriate referrals. Position may entail other duties as assigned
Citizen of the United States
Condition of employment.
Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Professional (RN) Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), if the United States or the District of Columbia.
A nurse who has, or has ever had, any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.
nurse practitioner must be licensed
as a nurse practitioner,
or otherwise recognized
as a nurse practitioner
in a State (possess a masters 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 NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification to continue employment with VA. A certificate of fitness for prescribing medications is required.
Graduate of a school of professional nursing (RN)
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).
Graduate of a school professional nursing approved by the appropriate state accrediting agency and/or the National League of Nursing at the time the program was completed.
a Nurse Practitioner
must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing in a Nurse Practitioner Program with
Degree in Nursing
(NLNAC or CCNE accredited)
from the American Nurses Credentiling Center
or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing
***All applicants must ensure the nursing program for the school where the Nursing Degree was received, is accredited and listed on one of these two sites to meet the requirements of the education qualifications.
IF your nursing program is not listed on one of the websites below, and the program was accredited at the time of graduation, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies, or from the Director of the Nursing program from your school, as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE.
Your college transcripts are not proof of this accreditation.***
. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33
Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153
The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.
Additional information may be obtained from the
NLNAC web site
. 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, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930.
Additional information may be obtained from the
CCNE web site
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.
In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment.
Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work.
A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA.
Bridge programs that confer a masters degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelors Degree is not awarded.
In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, and Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.
Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day
Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingl
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, ethics and resource utilization,
performance, education/career development,
quality of care, research.
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.
If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.
Basis Life Support (BLS) Certification is preferred.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is preferred.
Recent VA experience is preferred.
Nurse Practitioner Certification with 5 years of Mental Health/Psychiatry experience is preferred.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
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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.
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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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