Nurse Practitioner (MH-Psychiatry)

Anchorage, AK
Sep 07, 2017
Oct 05, 2017
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

The Nurse Practitioner is accountable for the delivery of primary psychiatric care to patients including individual and group therapy. The nurse practitioner will collaborate with the Psychiatric Health Care Team to enhance the delivery of care to eligible patients (adult to geriatric age) in accordance with individual patient needs, using social and behavioral health protocols as general guidance. Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Performs a comprehensive patient assessment, including history, physical, and mental status examinations, and evaluation of deviations from the normal. Develops and initiates a plan of care based on data collected and DSM-V, these evaluations with consultation and follow-up as needed.
  • Orders and evaluates pertinent screening and diagnostic tests, including laboratory testing, ECG, and neurologic testing.
  • Collaborates with other health disciplines to ensure continuity of patient care
  • Provides health teaching to patients and families.
  • Authority to prescribe and dispense legend drugs.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some evenings and weekends may be required, as well as some on-call responsibilities. Compressed/Flex schedule may be considered to accommodate extended clinic hours. Practice includes tele-mental health.

Functional Statement Title:Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Friday, December 01, 2017


U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

* Education. 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.

* Licensure. 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.

* English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation from the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

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

Nurse II - Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of 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 of experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience.

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.

Clinical Nurse Specialists. A clinical nurse specialist must possess a master's degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE with a major in the clinical nursing specialty to which the nurse is to be assigned.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certificationprior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN).BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted.

Preferred Experience: 2 years experience in Mental Health preferred.

Physical Requirements:Light lifting and carrying of less than 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of hands and fingers, working alone and working closely with others, hearing aid permitted.

It is your responsibility, as the applicant, to verify that information in your resume and supporting documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible and accurate. You may do so by reviewing your Application Status in USAJOBS, ensuring you have successful fax transmission (if applicable), etc.

The following documents are required. Failure to submit the required documents will result in a finding of "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this opportunity:

1. Your Resume. This must include information including:

a. Experience: starting and ending dates of experience (month and year), hours worked per week and salary information).

b. Education: name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned. (If selected, official transcripts are required)

c. Licenses and/or certificates earned (including the state earned in).

2. Online Assessment Questionnaire (Occupational Questionnaire). Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete this questionnaire. (If you are unable to complete this online see "How to apply section - If you cannot apply online" of this job announcement)

NOTE: Other documents may apply:

OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment is available at (REQUIRED PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT)

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists.Available at the VA Forms website: PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT)

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or required documentation related to their Veterans' preference claim. Submitted DD214(s) must show active duty service dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If your DD214 is not yet available because you have not yet separated from service, you must submit official documentation detailing your service and impending date of separation.

Disabled Veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit the required documentation as listed on the SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" (example, letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that the Veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more). For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application. You will not be contacted for additional information.

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