Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Cheyenne, WY
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Permanent

Opened Friday 8/26/2016 (54 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/18/2016 (30 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1783797

*There will be bi-weekly referrals, until filled/closed.

Cheyenne is at the crossroads of I-80 and I-25, and only 90 minutes north of Denver. With a population of 62K, Cheyenne serves as the northern anchor city of the vibrant Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains. Wyoming offers a laid back lifestyle, no personal income taxes, low sales tax, and reasonable property taxes. We are in close proximity to metro Denver, Ft Collins and have seemingly endless outdoor opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting, and popular ski areas in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah within easy driving distance. The Cheyenne VA Medical Center is a Level 2 facility, providing primary and secondary inpatient services in medicine and surgery as well as outpatient services in medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are located in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado, as well as in Sidney, Nebraska.

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.


The certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in this role functions as part of the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Major Psychiatric Diagnoses and substance dependence/abuse.

  • Provides psychiatric emergency on-call crisis support and other duties as assigned by the supervisor and/or the Director of MHSL.

Work Schedule: Multiple schedules available

Functional Statement Title: Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Service

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To associated clinics, as 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.

Basic Requirements:

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

  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency andaccredited 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. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)

  • Nurse Practitionermust be (1) licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, (2) possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and (3) maintain full and current specialized 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= PSYCHIATRY.

Grade Determinations:The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:Psychiatric Diagnoses and substance dependence/abuse 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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to wear protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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:

Annual leave shall accrue for part-time Nurses at the rate of 1 hour for each 10 hours in a pay status.

Other 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.

Salary Range: $72,345.00 to $120,605.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448402400

Job Announcement Number: 442-16-CSP-2165089-BU