Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse Practitioner in Paragould, Arkansas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Paragould, AR
  • Salem, AR
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Poplar Bluff, MO
  • West Plains, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 2/12/2016 (257 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Previously advertised vacancies for Paragould, West Plains and Poplar Bluff have been filled. One vacancy exists at Cape Girardeau, MO Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

This announcement is posted to accept applications at all times for full-time Registered Nurse Practitioner positions throughout the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, Missouri and our CBOCs (Cape Girardeau (MO), Sikeston (MO), Farmington (MO), West Plains (MO) and Paragould (AR). Posting of this announcement does not imply there is a vacancy at the time of application. As a vacancy is identified, applications will be certified to the selecting official for consideration. As future vacancies are identified, applications will be certified to the selecting official for consideration. Applications received will remain active for vacancies through December 30, 2016, at which time they will become inactive.

Announcement amended to add Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be paid to highly qualified candidates.

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?

Newly added position is in our Cape CBOC and will float to outlining CBOCs as needed. The RNP will also perform Women's Health and telemedicine.

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.


Nurse Practitioners are accountable for providing effective primary or specialty health care and/or follow-up care for a specific group of patients with emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and promotion or optimal wellness. Patient information is obtained through the performance of a health status assessment that may include history and physical examination, and diagnostic studies. Particular medical functions may be incorporated into practice. Using this information, a treatment plan is formulated, implemented, evaluated, and communicated to other providers. Care is provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Nurse Practitioners work collaboratively with other members of the health care team and provide additional activities in the area of education and quality improvement. Nurse Practitioners guide, document, and appraise the performance of others, as well as, identify, analyze and resolve problems that impede the delivery of nursing care. NOTE: This RNP will be providing Women's Health Services.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm *Note: Off hour tours to include weekends, evenings and holidays may be required. Functional Statement Title/#:RNP 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. 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. Education/Experience Requirements:

Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

*A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, and 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 or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.]. *

Preferred Experience: Providing primary care treatment within an interdisciplinary team. As this position will be providing Women's Health services, experience providing services for female patients of varying ages is preferred.

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:This position will require the following physical requirements: Heavy lifting (45lbs or above) NOTE: lifting will typically be assisted, Moderate carrying, walking (5-7 hours daily), standing (5-7 hours daily), repeated bending (1 hour) and climbing (stairs).

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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: $61,739.00 to $107,038.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 429311500

Job Announcement Number: LL-16-CDB-1622082-BU-OCA