Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Anchorage, AK
Feb 11, 2018
Mar 11, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is responsible for the day to day operational issues in relation to providing mental health services for Veterans at the Fairbanks CBOC. The ANP Provides direct psychiatric services at some or all of the Alaska VA Healthcare System care sites as well as part of their duties via Tele-mental Health. Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

Ensures quality measures are maintained as defined by the Performance Measures Technical Manual and other applicable standards or guidelines;
Ensures that quality measure fall outs from External Peer Review Program (EPRP) audits are reviewed and appealed as appropriate in a timely fashion;
Must possess interpersonal and clinical skills to provide primary mental health care for Veterans;
Conducts history and physical exams and mental status exams on Veterans;
Completes intake assessments and formulates diagnosis;
Develops and presents treatment plans with multidisciplinary teams
Orders all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments;
Initiates and processes consults and provide referrals as indicated;
Provide care via tele-mental health;
Provides pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan and psychotherapy as needed;
Maintains effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters;
Provides mental health treatment to Veterans during regular clinic business hours;
Participates in professional and administrative activities as signed;
Ensures completion of psychosocial evaluation, assessment, and periodic reassessments of Veterans for appropriate placement along the Mental Health continuum of care;
Participates in staff meetings and/or National or VISN level calls and trainings as appropriate;
Participates in developing quality improvement.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some evenings, weekends and on-call responsibilities may be required. Flexible schedules may be considered.
Functional Statement, Title: Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
Financial Disclosure: This position does not require filing a financial disclosure.
NOTE: A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be approved for a well-qualified candidate.
These vacancies may also be filled with Psychiatrists or Mental Health Physician's Assistants


Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6, Nurse Qualification Standards

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). OR 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. Please note: Certificate of Professional Nursing will need to be submitted.

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.

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.

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 must maintain a 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 area Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health.

Preferred Experience: Psychiatric nursing experience in a hospital/clinical setting.

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 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.

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. You can verify your education here: 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.

Additional information
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your r?Å sum?Å and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Employees in this position are not required to file a financial disclosure report.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling (2 hours); Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (3 hours); Standing (6 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable; Hearing (aid permitted); Excessive noise, intermittent; Working around machinery with moving parts; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume (Required at time of application)
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Required at time of application) can be found at:
OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Required at time of application) - available at

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.
Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document

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