Nurse Practitioner (HUD-VASH)

Vancouver, WA
Sep 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time
The PMHNP provides mental health care to a panel size of Veterans with psychiatric illness and/or substance abuse in the community or clinic setting to Veterans who are homeless or working toward stable housing, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. The CRS (Community Reintegration Service) program provides a "Housing First" model of care and the typical Veterans enrolled in this program have been chronically homeless and may struggle with active substance abuse, complex medical problems and mental illness. Some of these Veterans have behavioral flags and this requires strong interpersonal skills and ability to stay calm and use good judgment in challenging situations.

Incumbent assures the following is completed: initiating and adjusting therapeutic regimens, performing histories and the appropriate physical assessment, ordering diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiating consults and referrals, and prescribing medication and supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary and State regulations. The PMHNP participates in individual, family and/or group therapy, and case management services for the identified group of clients in the clinic and/or in-home field setting. Other activities may include those of interdisciplinary team leader or member, triage, supervision or nursing graduate interns, clinic administration and participation on Medical Center committees and task groups.

OR Licensure will be required before official offer can be made (can obtain during pre-employment/onboarding process).

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): May NOT be Authorized at this time. Availability is pending approval.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Master's degree 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. 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. 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • 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.

Preferred Experience: 2 years of NP (Nurse Practitioner) experience, preferably in Mental Health field

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) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.

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: Selectee is expected to spend 75% of their work time out in the field doing community-based work. This work may include providing Veterans transportation, utilizing government vehicles. Employees must be able to get in and out of large and small vehicles and must be able to spend several hours per day driving, sometimes in heavy traffic. These positions serve the entire VA Portland health care system catchment area and distances driven can be long.

All positions in CRS are in shared office space and employees may be exposed to the smell of soap, perfume, or food smells from fellow employees. There may be exposure to overhead light. They will be exposed to conversation of fellow workers on phone or talking to others in person. When doing work in the field, and doing home visits, CRS employees may be exposed to unpleasant smells from cigarette use, unclean home environments, or pet dander.

All clinical care provided to Veterans is entered in the electronic medical record. Selectee must be able to document work in required data bases and in the electronic medical record within required time frames. Selectee in CRS will be going to community settings, work sites, shelters, homes of Veterans. Some locations may have stairs and not elevators.

Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Use of fingers; Walking & Standing (1-2 hours); Operation of a motor vehicle; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors & shades of colors; Emotional and Mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted); work with psychiatric patients with behavioral problems; work with patients with drug and alcohol problems.

Environmental factors include dust, fumes, exposure to pet dander & overhead light; working alone & with others, overhead light, ambient noise, smells from being in close proximity with others (including soap, shampoo, perfume, food and/or possible exposure to lingering tobacco smoke from smokers); exposure to scents from various homes and individuals; exposure to shared office space that requires ability to focus with some distraction.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • 10-2850a, and NP license and MH Certification
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: (REQUIRED) -- 3rd one in list (following this link -- Application for NURSES and NURSE ANESTHETISTS)

Resume - Your resume must be SPECIFIC AS TO DATES WORKED, please use month/day/year whenever possible; please indicate how many hours worked per week for each position. Assumptions will NOT be made in your favor if your resume is vague regarding dates and hours worked.

If your RESUME is vague as to dates, assumptions will NOT be made in your favor (ex: listing only years, 2012-2013, will give you credit for TWO DAYS worked: 12/31/12-1/1/13).

Education/Transcripts - Transcript must show degree conferred/awarded & on what date (a copy of the diploma is NOT a "transcript")

License - RN/NP license (any U.S. state or territory)

Certification - Mental Health NP certification required

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), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850a, and NP license and MH Certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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