Veteran Health Administration Nurse Practitioner/PA (HBPC) Odessa/Big Spring, Tx in Big Spring, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-519-NR-16-1714245BU-hhl

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Big Spring, TX

Open Period: 2016-05-25 to 2016-12-30

OverviewWho May Apply

US Citizens and Status Candidates

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1714245

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?

Job Summary

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care Service, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.

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.

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.

DutiesMajor Duties

The West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas is currently recruiting for the position of Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant for the Home Based Primary Care Program. This position may be located based in Big Spring and/or Odessa, Texas.

The Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant will function as a primary care provider at the patients' home setting. He/she will be responsible for the initial evaluation of a broad range of assessments; diagnosis; treatments; ordering diagnostic & therapeutic tests and studies; initiating consults; referrals and member of a interdisciplinary team working collaboratively with other members of the health care team and provide additional activities in the area of education and quality improvement. The Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant will guide, document, and appraise the performance of others, as well as identify, analyze and resolve problems that impede the delivery of patient care.

Incumbent must be able to travel within the catchment area during his/her tour of duty. Incumbent may be required to staff an HBPC clinic. One-two years experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician Assistant in Adult Health or as a Geriatric Practitioner-Prescriptive Authority is highly preferred.

He/she will consult with the supervising physician as needed; communicate relevant patient data in case presentations and medical records; formulate, initiate and evaluate health care teaching related to patients and families; facilitate communication related to patients and consult to nursing and medical staff.


PLEASE NOTE: Salary range will vary for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant determined by the Professional Standards Board.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and may vary by the hiring facility.

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DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications


  • U. S. Citizenship.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

  • Must meet Physical Standards


  • 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.


(1) Bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or

(2) Graduation from a PA training program of a least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or

(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.

Certification - Must possess certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).

Preferred Experience: One-two years experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician Assistant in Adult Health or as Geriatric Practitioner-Prescriptive Authority is highly 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 requires moderate lifting, 15-45 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, straight pulling and pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling; repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, hearing (aid permitted), and clear speech.


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.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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

Experience as an 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.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 30, 2016 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·OF-306 ·Other ·ResumeApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants: ·DD-214 ·Other Veterans Document ·SF-50

  1. CV or Resume

  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: or

  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations for Physician Assistants (required)

  4. Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment

If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

  1. Copy of BLS certification card.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1714245.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

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.