Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Burlington, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Burlington, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (1 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1824951

The VA Eastern Colorado HealthCare System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of-the-art patient care services. ECHCS provides tertiary care and services to over 72,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one local and one remote Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran’s Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 10,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 3,000 personnel in 150 occupations.

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veteran

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority

This position is located at the Burlington Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Burlington, Colorado. The Nurse Practitioner practices in an outpatient clinic setting and preforms a broad spectrum of patient care services at the expert level. This position has a collaborative relationship with all specialty care services within the network.

Relocation or Recruitment Incentives: are NOT authorized for this position.

If you are a current, permanent internal employee (i.e., Eastern Colorado Health Care System facility or other VA facility employee) you will need to apply under the announcement EC-17-RAN-1822456-BU*. *


The Nurse Practitioner (NP) for the Burlington Community Based Outpatient Clinic provides primary care to adult patients within the NP's clinical specialization. Primary care includes assessment, diagnosis, treatment and outcome measures of healthcare problems. To include the following: initiating and adjusting therapeutic regimens, performing histories and physicals, ordering diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiating consults and referrals and prescribing medications/supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary, state regulations and scope of practice. Major duties include:

  • Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to client care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level.

  • Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact clients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethics consultations.

  • Manages program resources (financial, human, material or informational) to facilitate safe, effective and efficient care.

  • Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others.

  • Maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends, and professional issues.

  • Uses professional standards of care and practices to evaluate programs and/or service activities.

  • Uses the group process to identify, analyze and resolve care problems.

  • Makes sustained contributions to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility.

  • Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance.

Work Sched*ule:*

Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

Functional Statement Title: Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care; Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, La Junta, and Lamar CBOCs

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • US Citizenship
  • Full-, unrestricted licensure, certification or registration required


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy;

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration as an RN and active Advanced Practice Nurse;

  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6); and

  • 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.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Masters of Science in Nursing with a major as a Nurse Practitioner from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE at time of graduation; and

  • National certification as 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; and

  • Colorado Prescriptive Authority

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: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.

*Grade Determinations: *Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

  • Collaboration: collaboration, collegiality; and

  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

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.

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. 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.


  • Light carrying less than 15 pounds
  • Reaching above shoulder
  • Use of fingers
  • Walking one hour
  • Mostly sitting
  • Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" jaeger one to four
  • Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye
  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Hearing (aid permitted)
  • Working with hands in water
  • Working closely with others
  • Protracted or irregular hours at work
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

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

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

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement
  • All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested wil be denied employment with VA.
  • Subject to suitability determination.
  • Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • You may be required to serve a two-year initial probationary period.

Salary Range: $71,171.00 to $108,850.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453362100

Job Announcement Number: EC-17-RAN-1824951-BU