Nurse Practitioner (NP) Mental Health
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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1 vacancy in the following location:
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program
(EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this
position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements
and submit your application within four months of appointment. The
final award amount and eligibility period (one to five years) is
determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.
Please contact VHAMIWEDRP@va.gov for more information.
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**A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly
The Outpatient Mental Health Specialty APRN provides care to
Veterans at Madison and affiliated Community Based Outpatient
Clinics (CBOC). A collaborative, coordinated, interdisciplinary
approach is used in meeting patients' health and mental health care
needs. We accept eligible veterans from adults to the frail elderly
(18-90+). The patient population includes all types of
psychopathologies, both acute and chronic, such as depression,
schizophrenia, bi-polar affective disorder, dementia, personality
disorders and PTSD. The patient population also includes patients
with addictive disorders and detoxification services are provided.
Many patients express suicidal or homicidal ideation and most have
significant medical co-morbidity which complicates their diagnosis
Patients receive services in an outpatient setting that produce
favorable population based outcomes that are valued by VHA. Such
outcomes are at a minimum those specified within VISN scorecards.
They include timely access to appointments for treatment of common
subacute or chronic problems, reduction in missed opportunities,
completion of clinical reminders, access to urgent care, access to
brief observational care (24 hours), preventive care and care for
common chronic conditions using evidence-based practice guidelines.
Patient care data can be obtained from all locations via the
integrated computer program.
In coordination with the veteran, and in accord with MHSL protocols
and guidelines, Mental Health APN conducts an initial assessment of
the veteran's overall life situation and develops a comprehensive
and individualized treatment/rehabilitation plan. Makes diagnoses of
the veteran's mental health condition on Axes I, II, IV, and V of
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
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- Nurse Practitioners
- Practitioners, Nurse
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
accordance with VA Policy.
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the
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
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
Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United
States, or the District of Columbia.
- **Possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the
mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses
Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. -
PLEASE PROVIDE A COPY OF CURRENT CERTIFICATION AS A MENTAL
HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER.**
Preferred Experience: 2 years of Mental Health Experience
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 I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and
or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field
with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's
of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing
- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and
ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related
field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing
practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of
nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing
(MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing
- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing
Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3
year's of nursing practice/experience; OR 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
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN
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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some
lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended
periods of sitting.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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:
http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit:
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse
Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related
positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the