Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) @ Effingham, IL in Effingham, Illinois

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

Opened Wednesday 7/6/2016 (112 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Announcement amended to extend closing date.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1736754

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?

Be a member of a team providing compassionate health care to our veterans. The Marion VA is a proud service provider to 43,722 veterans annually in 27 counties in Southern Illinois, 8 counties in Southwestern Indiana, and 17 counties in Northwest Kentucky. We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity available for a Psychiatrist to join the Behavioral Medicine Service team at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.

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.

As a VA physician, 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 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. EDRP Contact: Carol Stewart, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Management (05), Marion, IL, 618-97-5311, extension 54924.


The Marion VA Medical Center is recruiting for a full-time Nurse Practitioner (NP) to join our Behavioral Medicine Service. This position is located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Effingham, IL. The incumbent will function as an integral member of the Behavioral Medicine Service and have both clinical and administrative duties. The incumbent will provide care within a defined scope of practice and will work with a collaborating/supervising psychiatrist and may provide tele-medicine services to other location. Other duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will perform initial screenings for clinical assessment and evaluation, order and interpret lab and other diagnostic tests.
  • Conduct patient follow-up as appropriate, and provide patient, family, and staff education and counseling.
  • The incumbent will coordinate/arrange for consultations and other needed services, and serve as a liaison to other services including general medicine, when necessary.
  • Incumbent must be able to work responsibly with physicians and other members of a multidisciplinary team, and to relate effectively with patients.
  • Administrative activitiesinclude performance improvement activities, committee and task force assignments, administrative research, and non-clinical tasks as assigned.
  • The candidate should be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Incumbent meets the needs of customers while supporting VA mission.
  • Communicates and treats customers in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.
  • Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.
  • The incumbent provides or supports patient care that is appropriate to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the young adult (18-44 years old), middle adult (45-64 years old), and older adult (65 years and older) patients.
  • The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care/support appropriate to the age of the patients served.
  • The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possess the ability to provide care/support based upon age related factors.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Functional Statement Title/#:Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment Incentives may be offered to a highly qualified candidate.
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.
  • 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.

*Preferred Experience: *Certification in Mental Health

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: 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: *Requires lifting 45 pounds and over; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and repeated bending (approx. 2 hours). Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Far visions correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 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: $69,960.00 to $116,623.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to Citizens of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.

Control Number: 442787500

Job Announcement Number: MRN-T38-16-1736754-BU