Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health)

Loma Linda, CA
Aug 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is assigned to Behavioral Medicine Service. The NP Will provide comprehensive Mental Health services for a panel of patients as part of the interdisciplinary team at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. This will include but not be limited to assessment, monitoring, and evaluating the patients plans of care and providing the required medical and psychiatric interventions as indicated. Interventions included medication management, ordering and monitoring required tests, consults and labs.

Work Schedule: Alternative and flexible work schedules available including full-time and part-time. Weekly schedules include traditional Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm as well as 4 - 10 hour days. Saturday clinics are also available if desired.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency. NPs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • A Nurse Practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a 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 form 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.]
  • Graduate of 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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 for 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)].
  • Registration: 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.
  • Certification in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Grade Determination:

  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; Or and ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; or a Master's Degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN orbachelor's degree in a related fieldand approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; or a Doctoral Degree in Nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field.
  • Nurse III - Master's Degree in Nursing or related field with BSN or Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; or Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling; Pushing; Reaching above Shoulder; Walking; Standing; Repeated bending; Ability to rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing Aid (permitted); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Note: Candidate'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 an NP 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 demonstrates 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.

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 DD 214(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, pleasevisit

The followingApplication documents are required.

  • Your Résumé. Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, dates of employment (From: mm/yyyy To: mm/yyyy), and number of hours worked per week.
  • Responses to the questionnaire.

The following will be required if selected:

  • VA Form 10-2850A available online at
  • OF-306 available online at
  • Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.
  • The following Eligibility documents are required. Failure to submit the required eligibility documents will result in you being notified that you have been rated ineligible for further consideration of this position.

    • Current or Former Federal Employees - Must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your current grade level. If you have served at a higher grade level in Federal service which qualifies you for this position, please provide a copy of that SF-50.
    • Other eligibility documents: Use the CHECKLIST to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as documentation to support Veteran Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced federal employees), and any document that will verify your eligibility to apply for this position

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