Registered Nurse (Mental Health Triage)

Hillsboro, OR
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Registered Nurse provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling, provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. The Registered Nurse, as a licensed professional, is responsible and accountable for his/her practice.

VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Level 1A major interdisciplinary teaching and tertiary facility with service-lines serving primary care, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery, specialty, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care inpatients and outpatients throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. In addition to two main divisions located in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA, VAPORHCS operates nine community based outpatient/outreach clinics (CBOCs) and is a consulting and referral center for many patient care specialties not offered at other VHA medical centers within VISN 20. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. VAPORHCS operates a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) which serves homeless Veterans in downtown Portland. The CRRC has a Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) co-located and offers primary care medical services to homeless and formerly homeless Veterans. Home-Based Primary Care nursing care is also provided through the VAPORHCS catchment area.

VAPORHCS received its initial Magnet designation in May 2006, re-designation in December 2010, and again in October 2015.

The incumbent practices in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic as a Mental Health Specialist (MHS) Triage Nurse assigned to Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) which is co-located with the Primary Care outpatient clinics. The incumbent is responsible for triaging new patient referrals, facilitating follow up care for established patients, collaborating with treatment providers and managing VAPORHCS Mental Health consults. The Triage RN serves as a mental health resource consultant for VAPORHCS staff, Veterans and the community at large. The incumbent provides evidenced-based mental health nursing care to Veterans treated in both the Mental Health and Neurosciences Division and Primary Care Division. The Triage RN will possess experience in mental health nursing as well as knowledge of VAPORHCS resources and community resources. The RN will be involved in outpatient care management of Veterans seen throughout VHAPORHCS who have significant mental health issues. The incumbent will provide nursing clinical leadership and consultation with tools to improve and sustain the quality and effectiveness of care for Veterans with depression, anxiety, PTSD, smoking cessation, substance abuse, and other mental health disorders in conjunction with providers, across the organization. Case management and consultation may take place individually, in groups and by telephone.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#:Registered Nurse#000000


  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 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 (CGFNS must be provided). The completion of course work 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 evidence of ability to sit for the NCLEX along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • 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.

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

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum Education: Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing
  • Minimum Experience: None Required

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Education: BSN
  • Experience: Approximately 2-3 years

Grade Determinations: 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.

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: Moderate Carrying (15-44lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Repeated bending (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Emotional and Mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted).

The following documents are required by all applicants:

1. Resume (required)

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

3. Responses to the questionnaire (required)
4. Copy of your transcript (required)

5. RN license (required)

6. SF-50- (Required) If you are a current or former federal employee this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF

If you are a preference eligible Veteran you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents:

7. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at, if applicable

8. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable.

9. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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 2005565.

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.

The Vacancy ID is 2005565
2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 13, 2017to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire
View Occupational Questionnaire
2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

More searches like this