Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Behavioral Health, Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric) in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816766

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?


An exciting job opportunity awaits you in a new, state-of-the-art VA facility in the entertainment capital of the world – Fabulous Las Vegas! Since 1972, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. Be part of an innovative team serving our nation's heroes. Las Vegas offers no state income tax, affordable housing, an international airport, world class dining, plenty of outdoor recreation, and 300 sunny days a year!

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) is comprised of a newly constructed 80+ bed medical center, a 120 bed nursing home care unit, (4) primary care clinics throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Pahrump and Laughlin, Nevada.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates

This is an interdisciplinary position that can be filled with a Physician (VIN 1816683), Nurse Practitioner (VIN 1816766), Psychologist (VIN 1817008 All US Citizens or VIN 1817240 Current, Permanent VA and Federal Employees Nationwide) or Social Worker (VIN 1816820 All US Citizens or VIN 1816969 Current, Permanent VA and Federal Employees Nationwide).

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 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is recruiting for a full-time Chief of Behavioral Health Service.

The candidate for this position is charged with overseeing the delivery of the best possible Behavioral Health Care services to our Veteran patients. As a Service Chief your duties may include administrative skills as well as the ability to provide patient care and supervise trainees in all healthcare settings. Responsibilities of the position include patient care; supervising providers and staff in the service; assigning work responsibilities; determining direction of service; development and implementation of policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; oversight of clinical competencies; leading efforts with Joint Commission accreditation; and strong interpersonal skills and expertise.

Work Schedule: Flexible tours with on call which can include early morning, evening and weekend hours as the need arises.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 CCNE or AACN and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurse Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. *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 - a Master's degree in nursing with 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:

  • 3-5 years in Behavioral Health Clinic
  • 1-2 years Supervising in Behavioral Health Clinic 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: *Moderate Lifting (15-44 pounds); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hour); Standing (1 hour); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Hearing (Aid Permitted); Working Indoors; Primarily sedentary; Working closely with others.

Security Clearance


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: $82,256.00 to $127,522.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452325400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-593-17-AJ1816766MD