Registered Nurse-Mental Health Clinic
Responsible for triage, preventive health screening, immunizations, medical/physical and psychosocial assessments and medication clinic support. Management of multiple types of psychiatric/behavioral and medical/physical presentations in the mental health outpatient setting. Collaborates with the members of the interdisciplinary team in the coordinating,organizing, planning and delivery of clinical care to veterans. Provide patient and family education, including medical diagnosis, health promotion, disease prevention. Participates in quality improvement activities, utilization review and performance measures.
Administer medication and document appropriately. Monitor lab data, diagnostic testing and report findings to MD.
Functions as a patient educator with emphasis on preventative health and wellness topics, disease specific initiatives.
Interviews patients, obtains vital signs, and prepares patient for visit with provider.
Assess and evaluate the patient's needs, latent abilities, and social networks; screens and identifies patients for appropriate case management, provides health assessments and facilitates access to health care based on patient's need.
Conducts telephone triage and provides the necessary patient direction and education.
Completes clinical reminders, assists with appointment scheduling, patient follow-up, discharge follow-up, as necessary on patients.
Provides immediate nursing intervention in all emergency situations.
Able to respond to emergent situations involving the suicidal or violent patient.
Capable of making emergent decisions regarding the safety of the patient, staff, and others.
Serves as liaison for medical/psychiatric concerns and initiates referrals.
Effectively communicates and interacts with patients and their significant others to help them with problem solving and developing coping skills.
Participate with interdisciplinary treatment planning process; Responsible for ordering/maintaining supplies in the clinical area.
Conducts Nursing clinics and group processes. Documents group process and Patient response.
Maintains and monitors expiration dates of supplies in clinical area, crash cart, and informs ordering personnel if supplies need to be reordered.
Assists with the operation of specialty clinics as appropriate.
Exhibits leadership skills through charge nurse duties by directing patient care, patient flow, and staff assignments.
Maintains current/active BCLS Certification.
Travels to conferences/training off station.
Work Schedule:Day Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#: RN-Outpatient Mental Hygiene Clinic/000000
One Year of Specialized RNExperience in a Mental Health Setting
- 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.
- 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.
Preferred Experience: Certification in Psychiatric Nursing and/or Case Management. Minimum of 1 year recent (within the last 3 years) RNexperience that includes psychiatric experience. Demonstrates strong communication and customer serviceskills.
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.
Education/Experience Requirements: Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing with approximately 2-3 years of experience (OR) Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelors Degree in a related field with approximately 1-2 years of experience (OR) BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience (OR) Master's Degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or Bachelor's Degree in a related field with no experience. BSN with Approximately 2-3 years (OR) Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and Bachelor's Degree in a related field, with Approximately 2-3 years (OR) Master's Degree in nursing or related field with BSN or Bachelor's Degree in a related field, with Approximately 1-2 years. [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.] (OR) Doctoral Degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has Doctoral Degree in related field.
Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 ?,- 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted
- 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
**FAILURE TO SUBMIT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION**
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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.
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