Registered Nurse-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center

Buffalo, NY
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Case Management
Contract Type
Full Time

This is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) position located at the PRRC Center. This RN is aligned within the Nursing Service assigned to Mental Health, and is a member of the PRRC Management Program

as a nurse case manager.

The RN PRRC Case Manager working in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center is a professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge enabling him/her to effectively implement holistic care that includes health promotion, prevention and recovery based programming for adult Veterans with SMI throughout the continuum of care. The RN PRRC Case Manager works in partnership with the Mental Health Treatment Team, Veterans, and families promoting wellness via recovery-oriented treatment, and the management of mental health disorders including substance abuse, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and serious mental illness. The RN PRRC Case Manager will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating, development of recovery

plans and programing and documenting care. He/she works collaboratively with all other members of the interdisciplinary team care to include Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Peer Support Technicians, Mental Health technicians and other staff as assigned to the program. The PRRC Case Manager Nurse performs face-to-face or telephone evaluations/comprehensive holistic health assessments, conducts psycho-education at the Veteran's level of understanding, and focuses on recovery principles, relapse prevention, illness management, medication management, skill development and empowerment to promote independent functioning. The PRRC RN Case Manager is responsible for crisis prevention and management. He/she initiates and participates in quality improvement activities, under the direction of the Program Manager, at the unit, service or Medical Center level with the objective of improving nursing and patient care outcomes. The incumbent participates in Behavioral Health Service and Medical Center Committees representing nursing as assigned by Program Manager. He/she takes an active role in identifying his/her own education needs, updating clinical skills, as well as being receptive to the education needs identified by peers and Program Manager.

High level of skill and expertise is needed to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Program, their families, and staff who may be experiencing a wide range of complicated

medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems.

He/she will independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their families to develop individualized therapeutic treatment plans.

He/she will have working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

He/she will document according to Medical Center and Program Policies using Mental Health Suite (MHS)He/she will possess skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care to cope with the loss and grief experiences from disability and terminal illness.

He/she will facilitate continuity of care by collaborating and providing consultation with the referring interdisciplinary treatment team to promote appropriate treatment and rehabilitation in discharge planning and developing liaisons within the community

He/she will support/facilitate patient group outings and activities.

Work Schedule:

Full time variable days Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional Saturday coverage. Subject to change at the discretion of the department.

One (1) position at 2963 Main St Buffalo NY, 14214 may be required to cross-train and work at the Homeless Clinic and MHICM Programs as needed.

Functional Statement Title: Registered Nurse - Med/Surg

Basic Requirements:
  • 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 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.
    • 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)
  • 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.
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 I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; 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.
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Special Qualifications: Special Qualifications for this position are as follows and must be met by the date of this posting:

1. Totally satisfactory performance and attendance required.

2. Five (5) years Nursing experience with two (2) years outpatientmental health experience treating seriously and/or mentally ill patients required.

3. Demonstrates ability to case manage patient mental and physicalhealth and has critical thinking ability to function independently is required.

4. Ability to respond appropriately to psychiatric and medicalemergencies is required.

5. Effective interdisciplinary teamwork, interpersonalrelationships, good clinical assessment and communication is required.

6. Ability to adapt to rapidly changing clinical arenas is required.

7. Driver's license is required with satisfactory driving record.Willingness and ability to drive a VA vehicle isrequired.

8. A minimum of two (2) years of successful RN medical/ surgicalnursing experience is preferred.

9. Experience leading psychosocial/wellness related patient centeredgroups preferred.

10. Trained in the provision of evidence based treatment modalitiesi.e. CBT, DBT etc. preferred.

11. BSN 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.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling; Pushing (4 hours); Reaching above shoulder;?,Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Kneeling (1+ hours); Repeat bending (4 hours); Climbing, legs only (4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jeager 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Specific hearing requirements - Ability to hear whisper voice with or without hearing aid; Other - emotional and mental stability, must be able to lift 35 pounds, far vision correctable 20/50 in one eye and 20/100 in other.

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

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

*Other Veterans Document

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

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 2005604.

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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