Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (Behavioral Health)

Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017
Ambulatory Care
Contract Type
Full Time

Major Duties/Responsibilities

~ Deliver holistic and comprehensive outpatient mental health services to Veterans with combat related disorders, who may also be suffering from substance abuse disorder. Veterans served may include a wide age-range and from all eras of military conflict (WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, IRAQ and Afghanistan).

~ Complete initial assessments to determine a Veteran's psychiatric need, to include psychotropic medications, referral to psychologist for evidenced-based psychotherapy, referrals for substance abuse treatment, and follow-up care.

~ Serve as a mental health care provider, prescribing and monitoring the implementation of pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, which include antipsychotic, antianxiety, psychostimulant, and antidepressant medications.

~ Provide services in the context of a multidisciplinary team, composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, administrative personnel, and CRNPs.

~ Provide follow-up diagnostic care to meet patient needs, with progress appropriately documented in the electronic patient record.

~ Work with a physician preceptor.

~ Complete quality assurance tasks such as peer reviews.

~ Complete quality control reviews, such as systems analysis and process analysis.

~ Participate in hospital committees and quality improvement tasks.

~ Practice within the guidelines of the policies, procedures, and standards of care/practice.

~ Maintain current knowledge of multidisciplinary resources, The Joint Commission, and related programs and services within this healthcare system.

~ Serve as a mentor, consultant, and coordinator for nurses and other health professionals.

~ Be flexible, organized and able to adapt to change.

~ Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M., with weekends and evenings possible; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/facility.

Functional Statement Title/#: Not Applicable - Nurse Practitioners practice under a Scope of Practice.

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 of 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)
    • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Additional Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. On and after March 17, 2009, registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications. This includes employees appointed before March 17, 2009, who obtain such qualifications on or after March 17, 2009.

~ Nurse Practitioners. 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 from 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, i.e., psychiatric-mental health.


~ Adult Psychiatric experience preferred.

~ Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an 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 and 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 a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, VA Nurse Qualification Standard, Appendix G6. Thiscan be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:?, Lifting (20 lbs. and over), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), reaching over shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2 hrs.), standing (2 hrs.), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13-16 in. to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, use of both eyes, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), hearing without aid, clear speech, and mental and emotional stability.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists VA Form 10-2850a, Copy of Current Basic and Nurse Practitioner Licensure, Copy of Current Nurse Practitioner Certification)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document


**PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE". Note - Application forNurses and Nurse Anesthetists(VA Form 10-2850a), Copy of Current Licensure (Basic & Nurse Practitioner), Copy ofCurrent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification, and ECFMG Certificateare all document type "Other".

To apply for this position, please provide a COMPLETE application package, which includes the following:

1. Completedquestionnaire (online or hard copy).

2. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. Link to application - https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf. Please read ALL instructions and complete the application in its entirety. If "yes" answers provided to questions30 through39 on page 3 of the application, explanation(s) must be given via a separate document.

3. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) on any and all malpractice issues/cases - IF any.

4. Detailed CV, to include"from" and "to" month(s) and year(s) for dates of employment. Please Note: If part-time work, please provide average hours per week worked.

5. Copy of transcript(s) pertaining to under-graduate and graduate education as required for this position (please see the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Please Note: Transcripts may be unofficial; however, they MUST show your name, the name of the institution, the degree conferred, and the date the degree was conferred.

6. Copy of current basic nurse and nurse practitioner licensure.

7. Copy of current psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification.

8. Copy of latest SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action,showing status - IFcurrent or formerFederal civilian employee. Please Note: Award SF 50s are not acceptable.

9. Copy of ECFMG certification - IF foreign medical graduate.

10. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - IF prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge.

11. Copy of a dated letter from a VA Regional office that shows the percentage of disability - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability.

12. Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form - http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2002452.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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