Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Clinic CNS or Nurse Practitioner - Open Continuous Announcement in Indianapolis, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Indianapolis, IN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 6/24/2016 (120 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1737448

This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Applications of eligible candidates will be referred as received beginning on 7-8-16. Referrals will continue through 12-30-16 or until all vacancies are filled.


We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

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The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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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 Veterans.


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.

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; religious; 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

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Recruitment Bonus may be offered for highly qualified, experienced Psychiatric APNs.


Job Summary:

PCS/Mental Health has a full-time opening for a Psychiatric CNS or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in our Mental Health Clinic. The position will include assessment, diagnosis, and medication management for veterans with acute exacerbation of mental illness and/or substance use disorders, as well as a variety of co-morbid chronic medical illnesses. S/he is accountable for utilizing the nursing process in the provision and documentation of patient care. This person will report to the Chief of PCS Mental Health.

Work Schedule: Primarily day shift, may include some weekend and holiday coverage.

Functional Statement Title: APRN Mental Health Clinic


  • The incumbent practices as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in the MHC, providing psychotherapy and medication management for veterans. A portion of the APRN practice will be via telemental health. These MHC veterans will be physically in another venue such as a Community Mental Health Center or VA CBOC, and be seen via V-tel. The incumbent will also be a member of an MHC mental health teamlet, providing medication management and psychotherapy to a panel of veterans attending the clinic.

  • The principle responsibilities of the incumbent are to provide case management/medication management/psychotherapy to veterans via Telemental Health , and in the MHC.

  • Patients admitted to the Telemental Health clinic are veterans who live in remote areas in need of contact during both acute phases of their mental illness and ongoing follow up. He/she will obtain accurate mental health histories and develop appropriate treatment plans based on those assessments and provide medication management and/or psychotherapy.

  • The incumbent is expected to maintain knowledge about treatments and medications for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses through appropriate CME activities and direct education by collaboration physicians.

  • The incumbent will have a collaborating staff physician and will consult with the physician when treating patients with medical complexity exceeding their scope of practice.

  • Incumbent will prescribe psychotropic medications.

  • He/she will follow hospital policy and procedures and work in a collegiate manner with all staff.

  • He/she will be responsible for timely, complete and accurate medical record documentation in the electronic medical record.

  • He/she will enter orders in a timely manner and be available for questions from ward staff regarding patient care. He/she will be certified in BLS. The incumbent will be knowledgeable in hospital performance monitors and actively be involved in quality improvement initiatives in those areas.

  • The incumbent will analyze current functioning of his/her assigned area and make recommendations to ensure all quality measures and goals are achieved.

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.


•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 required

•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)

•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:

  1. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Board Certification

  2. Prescriptive Authority

  3. Previous Psychiatric Nursing Experience

Preferred Experience:

  1. 2 years' previous psychiatric experience

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;

•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.

Physical Requirements:

This position involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused clients, repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheel chairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Salary Range: $77,621.00 to $115,623.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 442886800

Job Announcement Number: T38-583-16-1737448-BU-OCA