Registered Nurse - Mental Health

Location
Bay Pines, FL
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 11, 2018
Closes
Feb 11, 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Staff Nurse provides direct and indirect nursing care to residents and families in the acute mental health unit. Incumbent is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. The staff nurse demonstrates leadership when providing and improving resident care. The incumbent reports directly to the Nurse Manager of the ward. The staff nurse serves as a role model when functioning as team leader or charge nurse under the supervision of the Nurse Manager or designee.

Work Schedule: 11:30 pm - 8:00 am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for 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.
Preferred Experience: All applicants must have previous inpatient psychiatric/mental health experience and should be knowledgeable in the assessment of common psychiatric/mental health and addictive disorders including management of behavioral emergencies. Routine admissions may be voluntary or in-voluntary and cover a wide range of psychiatric illnesses. Applicants must have the ability to recognize physiological and psychological behavioral symptoms. Applicants must be able to implement daily multidisciplinary treatment plans. The successful candidate will have previous experience in implementing emergency psychiatric/mental health crisis intervention. The applicant must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the therapeutic implications for patients on psychotropic medications. Must have excellent patient assessment skills, triage and knowledge of co-morbidity. Must have the ability to collaborate with all members of the interdisciplinary team in the provision of patient restriction and interventions to address related health problems. This position may require standing and walking for extended periods of time as well as hearing and vision corrected to the near normal range. RN will perform other duties under the direction of the nurse manager or designee as assigned. This position is not open to novice nurses.

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.
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: The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u):

Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over
Straight pulling 8 hrs
Pushing 8 hrs
Reaching above shoulder
Use of fingers
Both Hands required
Walking 8 hrs
Standing 8 hrs
Kneeling
Repeated bending 8 hrs
Both legs required
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"
Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20
Hearing (aid permitted)

Environmental Factors
Constant noise
Solvents (degreasing agents)
Working with hands in water
Working closely with other
Protracted or irregular hours of work

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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