Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) - Mental Health - Mather in Mather AFB, California

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

Opened Thursday 9/8/2016 (48 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1797047

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 Veterans.


VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California.

The city of Sacramento has evolved over recent years and features two large universities, a thriving riverfront area with harbor, a number of notable museums, top restaurants, jazz nightspots, impressive theaters, more than 100 parks, scenic trails by the American River Parkway, and some striking architecture, including the magnificent Sacramento State Capitol building.

Located near San Francisco, one of America's favorite cities, Sacramento, is not far from the world class ski attractions at Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Napa Valley.

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.


Position Summary: The Mather Outpatient Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides recovery oriented, veteran centered clinical care for veterans with a variety of medical, surgical, and psychiatric diagnoses in the outpatient clinic setting.

The Mather Outpatient Behavioral Health NP: Is responsible for the triage and temporary medication management of veterans in transition (i.e., medication refills); provides triage, crisis intervention services and facilitates admission to psychiatric inpatient services when needed. Collaborates with veterans, families and interdisciplinary treatment team members in the comprehensive assessment of biopsychosocial treatment needs of veterans; Evaluates and interprets medical data to formulate a plan of care based on the H&P; and diagnostic findings; Develops treatment plans with specific goals and interventions unique to each veteran; Facilitates laboratory tests, procedures, non-invasive tests, consultations and medications under the supervision of the program physician; Prescribes medications to include controlled substances based on standardized procedures or protocols and/or physician consultation; Provides individual, group and family psychotherapy.

The NP is responsible for required clinical records, evaluation and monitoring of service delivery and outcome. Participates in nursing and medical center committees and task forces. Participates in patient and family education. Facilitates educational process for students by serving as preceptor. Acts as consultant and resource person to outside agencies in the area of psychiatric nursing care delivery.

Position Requirements:

Minimum of two (2) years of successful clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a mental health setting within the past five (5) years, or Certificate as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Meet the requirements for VA Prescriptive Authority.
  • Current American Heart Association certification in BLS/CPR.
  • Able to establish priorities, exhibit both good time management, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • May require working extended hours and/or Saturdays

Supervisory Controls: The NP is responsible to the Clinical Manager, Mather Behavioral Health Clinic and the designated Associated Chief of Nursing Service for Mental Health.

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 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)
  • 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. *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 Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN 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 practice/experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an 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; ORa Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a 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; ORa 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/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:

Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.

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:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

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: $92,675.00 to $134,345.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Current Federal Employees

Control Number: 449946900

Job Announcement Number: 612-16-SG-1797047-BU