Nurse Practitioner / Psychiatric
Department of Veterans Affairs - Jackson, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 801942

To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and 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.


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








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America's Veterans need you!

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Nurse Practitioner with Mental Health certification

are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.


US citizenship

English language proficiency

Background/suitability investigation

Current, full, active and unrestricted registration

Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

Nurse Practitioner - certification must be in Mental Health


Work schedule:
Primarily 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Schedule flexible to meet the needs of the veteran and the VA.

Below is a list of the current positions:
On a separate cover sheet list the position(s) you are applying for.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Telemedicine (1 position)

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/ Addictive Disorder Treatment Program (1 position)

Duties Include:
The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) has had a great impact in delivering primary mental health care to such a vulnerable population. The following is an overview of the duties of the mental health nurse practitioners perform.


Perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation as needed, within an emphasis on mental health history - including age specific assessments. The assessment included evaluation of mental status, current and past history of violence, suicidal or self-harm behavior, substance use, level of functioning, health behaviors, trauma, sexual behaviors and social and developmental history.


Contributes to Mental Health Performance Measures that apply to PNP’s assigned work areas.


Provide direct individual and group mental health care to the patients followed in Mental Health or referred from the other primary or specialty clinics.


This includes the treatment and management of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and mental health problems.


Collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary mental health team, working interdependently with other health care providers in response to the health care need of such a vulnerable population.


Provide consultation to health care providers and others to enhance quality and cost-effective services for the veteran.


Assist the case-mangers with medication management and differential diagnosis when consulted. The management includes the prescribing, monitoring and evaluating of psychotropic and related medications based on clinical indicators of the patient’s status, including the results of diagnostic and lab test as appropriate.


Provide follow-up care for the veterans, which sometimes include lengthy telephone

A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a Mental Health 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 Nurse Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected

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.

A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a Mental Health 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 Nurse Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

Educational requirements can be met as follows: Master's degree from 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 accredited

school of professional nursing: a) from an accredited university with an endorsement in Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Preferred experience requirements:
At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment - Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).

Mental health experience.

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.


: 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.

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

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