U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1729977

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”. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

NOTE: Applicant’s education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) 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.

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. 

Duties

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a full time Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in mental health. The NP or CNS will function within Community Outpatient Service (COPS), and will be stationed at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic to be determined upon selection. The purpose of the position is to provide comprehensive mental/behavioral health care including primary care integration to a complex patient population in the outpatient setting. This involves coordinated care with an emphasis on preventive measures as well as treatment of chronic diseases. The NP or CNS will function interdependently with physicians and will be responsible for providing quality care, consultation, education and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

This position has the potential for tele-health responsibilities with the NP or CNS providing tele-care virtually from their assigned duty station to patients at the 13 different Cleveland VAMC Community Based Outpatient Clinics located throughout northeast Ohio, as patient care needs dictate.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

This position will remain Open Until Filled. A first cut-off of July 1, 2016 and subsequent cut-offs every Friday thereafter will be established and all qualified applications received by the cut-off date will be forwarded to the selecting official for review. A SELECTION MAY BE MADE AT ANYTIME DURING THE OPENING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

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.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following requirements:

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by a State accrediting agency and by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration/licensure as a nurse practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. 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.
  • A Master’s Degree from an academic program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • A full and current certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

Clinical Nurse Specialist:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Possess a Master’s Degree from an academic program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Licensure: possess a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
  • A full and current certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

Preferred requirements for this position for both CNS or NP are:

  • Experience in the care and treatment of patients in an outpatient setting and experience with complex mental health/behavior health.
  • Prescribing Experience
  • Work independently and able to make highly competent professional judgments and decisions, solid clinical acumen, and provide support to physicians.
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Patient/family education skills.
  • Prescriptive Authority

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Nurse I Level I – An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with 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 Bachelors 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 years of nursing practice/experience OR a Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically, VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standards.  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; 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.

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.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: Applicant must possess the ability to do the following: heavy lifting and carrying, 45 pounds and over; pulling, pushing and reaching above the shoulder; walking, standing, kneeling and repeated bending.

Security Clearance

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