Nurse Practitioner- Opioid Treatment Program Coordinator

Houston, TX
Sep 08, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The NP-Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Coordinator is a member of the Mental Health Care Line Substance Disorders Treatment Program. The OTP Coordinator is responsible for the overall operation of the OTP, whose mission is to provide a continuum of quality care to Veterans in the area of opioid replacement therapies. The Coordinator oversees the clinical and programmatic aspects assuring that the functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources. The Coordinator ensures the quality and timeliness of the services provided, customer satisfaction, and compliance with standards of the Office of Mental Health Operations and accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission. Services provided are subject to close scrutiny by Congressional interests, service organizations, the general public and the media. The Coordinator is responsible for inspiring, motivating and guiding OTP staff in achieving the strategic goals and plans of the organization.

Program management responsibilities (50%)

  • formulates, interprets and implements specialized OTP policies and procedures pertaining to quality care of Veterans with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) to assure compliance with internal and external performance standards
  • strategic planning, program development, implementation of new initiatives, policies and procedures, and oversight of administrative and programmatic resources of the Opioid Treatment Program
  • orients, trains, consults with and serves as a resource for other professionals concerning services for opioid use disorders
  • provides technical assistance to other VA Medical Centers, State, local, private agencies, and universities
  • organizes the work flow for consult/referrals, intake, assessments, and treatment for patients with opioid use disorders, and didactic training of staff
  • provides administrative, technical and clinical review, informal feedback, and work performance critiques of OTP staff
  • establishes processes to monitor and improve performance; is involved in the daily monitoring of the operations of the program, program evaluation, outcome measurement and provides feedback to various stakeholders on performance
  • participates in recruitment procedures and interviews to select personnel for mental health programs in various disciplines

Clinical responsibilities (50%)

  • screenings and assessments (interviews Veterans and their significant others to determine substance use and co-occurring mental health-related problems; makes recommendation for treatment planning and implementation)
  • treatment planning and goal setting (developing comprehensive and unique goal directed treatment plans that reflects a course of therapeutic substance use disorder intervention to address the needs identified in the assessment)
  • clinical counseling (provides individual, conjoin, family, couples and group education and therapy for Veterans with substance use disorders, including the use of evidence-based psychotherapies)
  • crisis intervention (provides complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress and follow-up for Veterans with substance use disorders)


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:00a.m.-2:30p.m. will be required to work some weekends and evenings or other irregular tours of duty

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner


    *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.

oThe 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.

    *Current, full certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or other nationally recognized certifying body.

    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 III - a Master's degree in nursing (MSN).

    *Nurse II - 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.

    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.

Education/Experience Requirements: MSN or Master's in related field with BSN or bachelor's in related field. MSN from Bridge Program (no BSN required). Doctoral degree in nursing or related field. 2-3 years of RN Experience.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850a)

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

*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website:

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 1983045.

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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