Advanced Practice Nurse (Psychiatry)
The ARPN is academically and clinically prepared to perform a board spectrum of patient care services at the expert level. The primary responsibilities of the APRN is to provide primary psychiatric care, via medication management, to Veteran adults on the BHIP team. Care includes assessment, diagnosis, treatment and outcome measures of healthcare problems. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Initiating and adjusting therapeutic regimens
2. Performing histories and evaluations
3. Ordering diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies
4. Initiating consults and referrals
5. Prescribing medications/supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA Formulary, State regulations and scope of practice.
In addition to providing psychiatric/substance abuse treatment, the APRN serves as a consultant to both nursing, as well as
medical staff for patients with complex treatment or care needs. They work collaboratively with other interdisciplinary team
members in providing quality care, and patient education, participating in research activities, and assist patients in acute and
chronic rehabilitation techniques. The APRN services on medical center, VISN, and/or national committees and assists in the
development, evaluation and communication of policies and standards of advanced nursing practice.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday. Tour of duty is generally 8:00 am - 4:30 pm within the regular work
week with the exception of holidays. The hours may be extended to meet patient needs/service goals to include hours prior to
8:00 am and after 4:30 pm and to staffing clinics on Saturdays.
NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours, and extended hours. The candidate must be willing
to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- 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.
- 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.
* Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over
* Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over
* Straight pulling (2-6 hours)
* Pushing (2-6 hours)
* Reaching above shoulder
* Use of fingers
* Both hands required
* Walking (5-9 hours)
* Standing (4-8 hours)
* Kneeling (1-2 hours
* Repeated bending (2-4 hours)
* Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours)
* Twisting (2-4 hours)
* Excessive noise, intermittent
* Constant noise
* Radiant energy
* Electrical energy
* Slippery or uneven surfaces
* Working around moving objects and vehicles
* Unusual fatigue factors
* Working with hands in water
* Working closely with others
* Working alone
* Heavy patient care
* Rotating/Multiple shifts
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- VA Form 10-2850a
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), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- VA Form 10-2850a
- Other Veterans Document