Nurse Practitioner-BHIP/Outpatient Program

Hampton, Virginia
Sep 20, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Full Time


This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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1. The APN is a registered nurse who has completed the necessary educational preparations in order to: engage veterans in primary health care decision making; obtain advanced competencies and skills for assessing physical and psychosocial health/illness status of individuals, families and groups; promote health maintenance and protection against disease; and, manage the care of geriatric patients/clients within the scope of preparation and accountability.
2. The APN is accountable and responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills to:
a. Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with all internal and external customers
b. Maintain confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information
c. Demonstrate working practices that include adherence to Infection Control standards and the safe use and operation of equipment.

3. Role responsibilities and accountabilities include demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age-related needs of patients served in the assigned area of practice. This knowledge includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population.
4. Duties/tasks include, but are not be limited to:
a. Coordinates the admission to, transfer from and discharge of patients assuring that patient testing, history and physical exams, discharge planning and education are completed in a timely manner.
b. Coordinates and is responsible for the medical management of the previously mentioned patients, within the limits of established protocols.
c. Continuously reviews and revises patient care based on clinical findings and assessment while following approved clinical protocols and privileges.
d. Develops protocols or clinical pathways to standardize care patient to expedite patient processing and care delivery.

5. Triages patient/family/agency telephone calls regarding patient care issues for the patient to expedite timely resolution and address early patient access to clinicians as appropriate.
6. The APN is responsible and accountable for maintaining National Certification in advanced practice nursing and prescriptive authority and for performing activities that reflect the educational, experiential and competency requirements outlined in the nine (9) dimensions of practice:

Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the program or service level.
1. Demonstrates expertise in managing a population of patients with their health/illness status by:
a. Assessment of health status including:
(1) obtaining a health and medical history
(2) performing a physical examination
(3) screening for disease prevention
(4) identifying health risks and needs

2. Formulation of appropriate differential diagnosis based on history, physical examination and clinical findings.
3. Development and implementation of a treatment plan by:
a. establishing a mutually acceptable plan of care to maximize health potential.
b. ordering appropriate diagnostic tests/procedures and appropriate pharmacologic agents.
c. basing decisions on scientific principles, theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise.
d. referring appropriately to other health care professionals and community agencies.
4. Reassessment and modification of plan as necessary to achieve health goals as evidenced in the patient medical record.
5. Assessment of patient's learning needs. development and implementation of plan to meet needs, and instructs patients and families in self-care and treatment.
6. Documentation of assessments, reassessments, differential diagnosis, plan of care and patient education in the clinical record.
7. Measures and modifies approach based on knowledge of human behavior, motivations, and reactions to situations.
8. Demonstrates the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to the adult and geriatric population served, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs and to provide the care needed.
9. Demonstrates leadership in improving outcomes at the program or service level.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, between 7:30AM to 4:30PM EST
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • 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 onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 9/08/2021.
Basic Required Qualifications (Per Handbook 5005) Nurse Practitioner
  • U.S. Citizenship, Birth or Naturalized (appropriate documentation required)
  • Master's degree from an NLN or CCNE accredited Nurse Practitioner program
  • National Certification as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Current, full, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse
  • State approval to practice as an NP
  • At least one-year experience in a Mental Healthcare setting

Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), 7407(d). Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of at least two years of successful practice as a Nurse Practitioner providing medical care to patients
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other disciplines
  • Demonstrated excellence in written/verbal communication and time management
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer systems in support of patient care delivery
  • At least 2-5 years' experience with Psychiatric Mental Health
Required Level of Education Nurse Practitioner
MSN with Adult, Family or Psychiatric Mental Health NP or DNP
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Preferred Certification(s) BLS
Mental Health NP (Nurse Practitioner)
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; OR a 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; OR a 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

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: The position includes physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking, stooping, bending, reaching and lifting of equipment and supplies, and hand-eye coordination to perform visual field evaluations. It may require frequent periods of walking throughout the facility to interface with other services, bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying. The incumbent is exposed to CRT/PC screen radiation sometimes for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodation may be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties/functions of the position.


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: . 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: .

Additional information

Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

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

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 competitive status.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate's education, scope, and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an 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.

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.

Veterans' Preference Note: Preference eligible candidates and other Veterans will be given preference when qualification of candidates are approximately equal for Title 38 positions in VHA. When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850a
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • VA Form 10-2850a
  • Resume

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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