RRTP Nurse Practitioner

Vancouver, WA
Jan 24, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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 the two main divisions located in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, VAPORHCS operates nine community-based outpatient/outreach clinics (CBOC) and is a consulting and referral center for many patient care specialties not offered at other VHA medical centers within VISN20. 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 throughout the VAPORHCS catchment area.

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

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP/MHC)/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) practices in the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Mental Health and Neurosciences Division RRTP. S/He will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing inpatient services to veterans with a variety of substance use disorders and comorbid medical and mental health conditions. The primary duty station is located in the RRTP program at the Vancouver Division site.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP/MHC)/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) will provide history and physical examinations and screenings for Veterans being admitted for the treatment of substance use disorders. S/He provides comprehensive primary, urgent, preventive and wellness care to Veterans admitted to RRTP. This includes performing histories and physicals, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and therapeutic test/studies, initiating consults and referrals, prescribing medications and supplies in accordance with VA Policy, VA formulary and State regulations. S/He will take an active role in formulating, initiating and evaluating health care teaching for RRTP patients and staff members. S/He will enter appropriate orders and follow through with referral to primary care, emergency services and specialty care as needed. The incumbent will screen for medical management of withdrawal and will be conversant with ambulatory detox protocols for alcohol and, when medically appropriate, will facilitate detox referral to either an inpatient admission within the VA or to one of VAPORHCS detox contract agencies. S/He will be conversant with VA/Department of Defense best practice guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders and will take referrals from the RRTP team members for pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders. S/He will consult with and support the physicians providing psychiatric and medical services external to RRTP and will provide general consultation regarding pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders to primary care physicians whose patients are being treated in this program.

The RRTP Nurse Practitioner guides, develops, and supports RRTP staff from a leadership perspective. S/He does this using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and /or service activities, including development and review of RRTP policies and standard operating procedures.

Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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.
    • ** NOTE** Selectee will need NP License in state of Oregon; can obtain during pre-employment/onboarding process.
  • Nurse Practitioners must maintain full and current certification as a family 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.
Preferred Experience: Mental Health experience; Nurse II or III preferred.

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's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
  • Nurse II - 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: Moderate lifting and carrying (up to 44 lbs); straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hrs) and standing (up to 2 hrs), repeated bending (up to 1 hr), climbing (up to half hour), both legs required, ability to distinguish depth perception, basic colors, shades of colors; emotional and mental stability required.

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:

  • 10-2850a, License, NP Certification
  • 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. (REQUIRED)

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
  • 10-2850a, License, NP Certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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