Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)

Saginaw, MI
Nov 14, 2017
Dec 14, 2017
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

This Job Announcement is a standing register - Applicant referrals will be made every other Friday starting on 11:59 PM (EST) September 29, 2017. Selection may be made at any time during the open period of this announcement

The Nurse Practitioner (NP), Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) is located in the Mental Health (MH) Service. The Nurse Practitioner duties include, but are not limited to:

*The NP PCMHI is responsible for supporting behavioral health care provided by primary care teams (Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT)) that include PCMHI Collocated Collaborative Care Providers and Care Managers.

*The PCMHI NP will be collocated with Primary Care (PC) and provide both curb-side and electronic consultation to Primary Care Provider's (PCP) regarding the prescribing of psychotropic medication within Primary Care. The PC-MHI NP will also maintain a patient panel consistent with the PC-MHI treatment milieu and goals.

*The PCMHI NP will be responsible for clinical oversight of PCMHI Care Management, overseeing patient panels and clinical outcomes using an electronic registry capable of tracking clinical processes and patient outcomes (Behavioral Health Lab).

*The PCMHI NP will suggest treatment plan changes, including medication recommendations and supporting additional behavioral health treatment for patients who are not improving as expected through referral management. Additional responsibilities include the following: provide same-day access for immediate non-emergent psychiatric needs within Primary Care, as well as supporting psychiatric walk-in needs to the Urgent Care, on a limited basis (i.e., patient is active with psychiatry within Specialty MH, however, would be more expediently/appropriately cared for by the integrated NP psychiatric provider).

Work Schedule: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday), during rare times of need, late afternoons or weekends may be required to meet clinical needs.))

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner, VN-0610-00


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 yearsofexperience 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.

Preferred: APN Certified Psychiatric APN

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) certification prior 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.

Physical Requirements:

a) Reaching:frequent extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level.

b) Standing:frequently requires the maintenance of an upright position.

c) Walking: frequent moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.

d) Lifting: occasional raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force.

e) Fingering/hands:constant writing or otherwise working with fingers and/or hands, including one or both hands.

f) Talking:constant expression of ideas by means of the spoken word.

g) Hearing:constant perception of sounds at normal range.

h) Repetitive motions:constant substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

i) Vision:constant ability to see near and far, requires depth perception and the ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of colors.

j) Balancing:constant maintenance of equilibrium to prevent falling.

k) Bending:frequent bending of the body downward and forward.

l) Kneeling:occasional bending of legs at knee to come to a rest or kneel.

m) Crouching:occasional bending of the body downward and forward.

n) Pushing:occasional use of the upper extremities. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

o) Pulling:occasional use of the upper extremities. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

p) Grasping:frequently requires the application of pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

q) Feeling: frequently requires the perception of attributes of objects.

r) Sitting:frequently requires the maintenance of a seated position.

s) Carrying:occasionally requires the use of upper extremities to hold or grasp and lower extremities.

t) Tasting/smelling:occasional exposure to smells that may be strong in nature.

u) Climbing:occasionally requires moving from one place to another on foot.

v) Crawling:occasionally requires bending the body downward to a position.

w) Reflex:constant ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

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:

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.

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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