Nurse Practitioner - NIMH - DH
Department Of Health And Human Services - Montgomery County, MD

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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview .

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Nurse Practitioner to serve in the Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP). An ideal candidate for the position will have experience in providing nursing consultation for clinical problem solving and research facilitation; have excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills; and have the ability to interpret clinical data as they relate to the diagnosis and treatment of fear and anxiety disorders.

The DIRP conducts research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. DIRP is viewed as a national resource, providing unique opportunities in mental health research and research training. For more information visit www.nimh.nih.gov .

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP), Molecular Imaging Branch (MIB).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.

Position is subject to a background investigation.

Educational Requirement - transcripts required.

Licensure Required.

DUTIES:
As a Nurse Practitioner, you will coordinate and facilitate the implementation of psychopharmacological studies and brain imaging protocols. Some of your major duties and responsibilities will be to:

Interview subjects to obtain social, medical, and psychiatric history, medication history of and use of alcohol and illicit drugs.

Provide clinical support to patients throughout the time of participation in research protocols.

Perform physical examinations, place medical orders, and review lab results for normal and abnormal findings.

Conduct preliminary evaluation of potential participants through telephone interviews. Review medical records; consult with treating professionals and consultation with medical staff, leading to acceptance for onsite evaluation or rejection with referral if indicated.

Provide assistance during the psychopharmacological and brain imaging studies, including inserting and drawing blood from a venous catheter; administering drugs; debriefing after procedures; and providing comfort and reassurance to subjects.

Document research and clinical findings. Present data at clinical staff meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Education: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

In addition to the basic requirements above, you must possess the following:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least 1 year of Nurse Practitioner experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: providing leadership in comprehensive nursing, preventative, and therapeutic health care service to patients and family members; coordinating and managing patient populations within clinical research environments; coordinating, implementing (e.g., collecting research data/samples) or managing multiple clinical protocols within a research program; securing health and developmental histories; recording findings and making critical evaluations; performing or requesting special screening and developmental tests and laboratory tests and interpreting the results; discriminating between normal and abnormal findings to recognize early stages of serious physical, emotional or mental problems; making decisions concerning medical care needs of patients with physicians as well as decisions regarding nursing care needs; identifying and managing specific illnesses; giving direct specialized nursing care; delegating tasks to allied nursing personnel.

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines . Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.

BENEFITS:
The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .

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