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Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Lowell , MA 01850

Posted 2 months ago

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Mental Health Service is seeking to hire an advanced practice nurse (APN) for our Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Depending on patient care needs, the incumbent may also provide care via telemental health services to other locations.

The location of this position is subject to change, based on clinical care needs. VA Boston has 3 main campuses in Boston, Brockton, and West Roxbury; as well as additional CBOCs in Boston and Framingham, Massachusetts.

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The APN is an integral member of a highly cohesive, interdisciplinary mental health clinical team (including 2 APNs, 1 mental health social worker, and 1 clinical psychologist), providing high quality, Veteran-centered mental health care for patients with a wide range of mental health difficulties. The APN routinely communicates and collaborates with Mental Health and Primary Care colleagues at the CBOC and throughout the larger system. S/he provides direct clinical care (including assessment/history taking; ordering/interpreting appropriate lab and diagnostic tests; initiating/changing treatment regimen as indicated; consulting with collaborating physicians, when indicated). The APN must be willing to learn all accreditation and regulatory requirements for the Mental Health Service, maintain annual Medical Center continuing education, and adhere to the best clinical practices.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday day shift

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


  • This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.

  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

  • Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Nurse Professional Standards Board.

  • The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

  • Veterans Preference does not apply to current Federal employees.

  • All applicants must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to other campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Drug testing required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • Education: 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

  • Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

  • A nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist must be licensed or otherwise recognized as an advanced practice nurse 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 or clinical nurse specialist 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.

  • Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists are Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) who are masters degree-prepared registered nurses who also possess advanced clinical certification. They function within a scope of practice (SOP), rather than a position description, commensurate with their training, experience, and licensure. An APN functions autonomously within her or his own defined SOP in a variety of settings, such as hospital inpatient, outpatient clinics, nursing home, domiciliary, or patient's home.

Preferred Experience:

  • At least 2 years of experience in outpatient mental healthcare?

  • Experience that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of DSM-5 criteria, and the application of these criteria to diagnostic and treatment practices.

  • Experience that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of psychopharmacology, and an ability to apply that knowledge to utilize best practices related to choice and monitoring of medications, including physiological monitoring of medication (e.g., blood levels).

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:
1.Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
2.Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently
3.Repeated bending
4.Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)
5.Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
6.Stooping (intermittently)
7.Squatting (intermittently)
8.Kneeling (occasionally)
9.Use of both arms
10. Use of both hands
11. Use of fingers
12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)
13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)
14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)
15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)
16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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. For further information, visit:

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Department Of Veterans Affairs