U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1540998

Nurse Practitioner certified in Psychiatry – Behavioral Health.  These positions will be located  at  the VA Montana Health Care System in the Kalispell Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Kalispell, Montana and Bozeman Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Bozeman, MT.

This announcement has been amended on 12/1/2015 to include the Bozeman, MT Location.

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.

NOTE: Applicant’s education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

***This vacancy is also advertised for a Psychiatrist***

*** This is an open-continuous announcement. Qualified applicants will be forwared to the selecting official as they are received. ***

POSITION:  Full-time permanent positions within the VA Montana Health Care System.  Position is accountable to the Behavioral Health Service Chief, VA Montana Health Care System, Kalispell Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Kalispell, MT.  Salary will be determined by a professional standards board and will be dependent upon experience and education.

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.

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

Relocation & Recruitment Incentives: Incentives are authorized for this position and may be offered for a highly qualified candidate. All incentive requests must be completed and approved prior to the employee’s entry on duty date. The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.


The incumbent provides outpatient med management/behavioral health care to eligible Veterans with acute, chronic, and/or special needs. Incumbent works in the ambulatory care setting of the Behavioral Health Unit, VA Montana Healthcare System and supports the mission and vision of the Healthcare System. S/he must communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of clinicians in order to ensure quality treatment and care to the veteran. S/he completes comprehensive psychiatric assessments and treatment plans with detailed evaluations of patients’ psychiatric conditions and behavior including current condition, past history, mental status exam, diagnosis and future plans for patients seen in a routine and crisis care. The incumbent’s duties include tele-health care and discharge planning. S/he identifies underlying medical conditions complicating psychiatric care with referrals to appropriate clinics. S/he has an attitude of striving for continuous growth and improvement; is open to feedback from regular ongoing chart reviews and from other team members and has demonstrated interest and excellence of working in a team setting. Current BLS is required for this position.

Work Schedule:  Full time, 40 hours per week.  Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May require some travel within the state of Montana

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.



·          U.S. citizenship. 

             Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) or Doctorate in Nursing and have graduated from 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) [formerly known as 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 Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  

           Certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Association (ANA- ANCC) or another nationally recognized certifying body.

           Proficient in both written and spoken English.

Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association. 

Must be certified in Psychiatry for Behavioral Health.

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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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. 

Veterans’ Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation