U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Vacancy Identification Number: 1645049

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.

The El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 17 Network, and is a complexity Level 3 standalone ambulatory care facility with over 800 employees and growing. El Paso VA Health Care System serves Veterans in far Southwest Texas and Dona Ana County, New Mexico.  The El Paso VA Health Care System provides primary and specialized ambulatory care services at the main campus with consultants and fee-basis specialists supplementing the medical staff.  The Health Care System serves Veterans residing in 8 Counties with an enrolled Veteran Population of over 73,000.  This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal vacation and predictable work hours with potential for an academic faculty appointment. We are an out-patient clinic with working hours from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are abundant and located conveniently in town.  Available outdoor adventures include camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snow tubing.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert and is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a western town. El Paso offers a multicultural experience as it is situated on the border of two nations and two states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, and some of the best weather conditions on the planet. 

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 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.


Clinical Practice

Provides initial and ongoing assessment of patients to identify mental health needs, issues, care goals and appropriate resources necessary for care management.

Provides leadership in application of the nursing process and identifies resources and critical factors for achieving desired outcomes for mental health maintenance/improvement.

Sets clinical care goals, short and long term, in collaboration with patient,

Leads and works collaboratively with interdisciplinary groups in a cohesive manner.

Communicates effectively with patients, families/significant others and other health team members throughout the facility.

Facilitates open dialogue among peers, supervisors and staff.


Conducts self in a professional manner in many clinical and administrative settings.

Provides leadership to the interdisciplinary team in identification and addressing of ethical issues surrounding care coordination, program management, and professional practice.

Participates in ethics consultations in clinical settings across the continuum.


Develops and leads interdisciplinary groups as appropriate.

Establishes ongoing relationships with professional/health related groups within the community.

Fosters good public relations when interpreting philosophy, policies/procedures, goals and objectives to staff, patients and the public.

Resource Utilization

Advocates fiscal responsibility in the management of patient care through effective utilization of resources.

Demonstrates effective program resource management skills (including documenting and reporting).

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm
Functional Statement Title/#:Family Nurse Practitioner/000000

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. 
  • Maintain full and current 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.]

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

  • Nurse II – Master’s degree in nursing; 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 Doctoral degree in nursing or related field 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.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Both legs required; Walking (2 hours); Standing (2 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaegar 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted)

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