Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Clinic, Lufkin Outpatient Clinic

Location
Lufkin, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Aug 12, 2017
Closes
Sep 12, 2017
Specialty
Nurse Practitioner
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Health Care System is seeking outstanding Nurse Practitioners to join our Mental Health Community Clinic Care teams. He/she will provide comprehensive mental health care and crisis management to patients under the Mental Health Care Line model. The type of care is served to the Veteran population with diseases consistent to those seen in the general population including but not limited to: acute and chronic mental health illness, gender specific health care, military sexual trauma, and combat trauma. The incumbent will work closely with a mental health care team model with a major focus on coordination of care, crisis management, and optimum mental well-being.

Duties include but are not limited to:

* Assess the needs and plan intervention for individuals/families

* Facilitate the delivery of acute and chronic mental health care

* Assist individuals/families to achieve optimal levels of mental health well-being through collaboration with healthcare professionals in both the medical and therapeutic care lines.

* Exercise medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for veterans with mental health needs

* Exhibit leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies

* Involvement in direct patient care, patient and family teaching, staff education, and multidisciplinary consultations and collaborations.

* Consistent demonstration of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with serious mental illness

* Maintain NP Standards of Practice and follow approved scopes of practice

* Serve as a resource person for standards development in mental health care in the area of quality improvement concerns

* Perform other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m

Functional Statement Title/#: Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Clinic, Lufkin Outpatient Clinic

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE: 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 nurse practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
    • 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.]
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
  • Nurse I Level III - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner

    Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

    No NP experience required

  • Nurse II - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner; OR a 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.Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected. 2-3 years NP experience required
  • Nurse III - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a major as a NP practitioner; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

    Full and current board certification as a NP practitioner from a VA-approved certifying body. Certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.

    > 3 years experience required

Preferred Experience: The Preferred Nurse Practitioner for the Mental Health Clinic in Beaumont, Texas, would be one with outpatient and crisis Mental Health experience and would be able to cover a wide range of Mental Health needs.

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.

Physical Requirements: Registered Nurse Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting 50 lbs and over (intermittently); Carrying up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Repeated bending; Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs (intermittently); Stooping (intermittently); Squatting (intermittently); Kneeling (occasionally); Use of both arms; Use of both hands; Use of fingers; Overhead work, both arms (intermittently); Prolonged walking (up to 4 hours/day); Prolonged standing (up to 4 hours/day); Sitting (up to 2 hours/day); Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13-16 inches; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; 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; Emotional and mental stability ?,- ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850a)
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search

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 1982334.

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.

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