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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Nurse Practitioner in the Mental Health Service Line (Temporary) in Des Moines, Iowa


The Nurse Practitioner functions as a Licensed Independent Practitioner within the Mental Health Department at VA Central Iowa Health Care System.


The Nurse Practitioner duties include ongoing evaluation and assessment of inpatients and outpatients seen within a specialty clinic setting, the inpatient setting, or the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (MHRRTP) and includes management of required labs, medications, consultation and/or follow-up planning on known or suspected Mental Health pathology. Progress notes and orders are required on all patients, as well as, histories and physicals when indicated such as on admission when not completed by the MCP or MOD. Care planning with collaborating physicians/providers, peers, patients, families and allied services is expected. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Perform initial medical comprehensive evaluations on new patients, collecting information on the chief complaint, as well as applicable additional information such as past medical and family histories, psychosocial histories, and medical treatment histories for any medical problems they may have. When appropriate, a limited or complete physical examination should be completed as needed to complete the Nurse Practitioner's understanding of the patient's situation and needs. Develop an initial treatment plan incorporating the appropriate level of expertise regarding medical evaluation and treatment. Manages ongoing treatment of follow-up patients, consulting with other psychiatric and medical consulting providers as appropriate. Coordinates care for the medical needs of psychiatric patients, ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, performing patient education regarding the ongoing care of the Veteran's medical health needs, prescribing medications as appropriate. Places orders for diagnostic tests and evaluates the test results or reports. Coordinates clinic and providers schedules to maximize clinic efficiency and Veteran access to care. Participates in the evaluation and treatment, as well as triaging of walk-in or add-on outpatients when this is needed. For inpatient medical nurse practitioners, this includes adjusting schedules to participate in the evaluation and treatment of new admissions regardless of previously planned duties that day. An appropriate equivalent evaluation will be completed on patients who are starting in the MHRRTP for medical nurse practitioners working in that setting. Manages inpatient care as requested, making rounds, recording medical progress, updating and summarizing the medical records, changing patient orders as appropriate. Provides education and counseling to patients and families regarding preventative care, newly diagnosed medical conditions or management of long-standing medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments/medications. Completes administrative duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The temporary position is not to exceed 12/21/2021, but could be ended earlier, or extended, as needed.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Incentives are not authorized for this position.


Conditions of Employment


Basic Requirements for the Nurse Practitioner: Education - Possess a master's degree from a program approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by 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 ( Licensure - Current, full, active, and unrestricted license, or otherwise recognized, as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in any State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. 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 Grade Determinations: The actual grade at which the Nurse Practitioner may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of grades VN-610-2 through VN-610-03. The qualification standards for a Nurse Practitioner can be found in VA Handbook 5005/27,PART II, APPENDIX G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, [VN/AD]-0610 Physical Demands: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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:

Additional Information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.