Registered Nurse (MH - South County Clinic)
VA San Diego Healthcare System is currently recruiting for a full time Outpatient Mental Health Care RN to work in their Mental Health Outpatient South County Clinics. This position will be primarily assigned to Mission Valley with staffing coverage in Chula Vista Clinic (as needed). The Outpatient Mental Health Care Coordinator is a professional registered nurse who functions both in a clinical and coordinator role for the MH Outpatient Clinics. The incumbent combines direct clinic nursing and case management skills, to support unmet, high priority needs for patients with mental health (MH) disease followed by the Impact Unit (IU) section. The Care Coordinator 1) provides continuity of care for MH patients followed by the IU section; 2) provides a safe and supportive environment for patients and their families; 3) incorporates the age, gender, culture and learning needs of patients requiring planning, coordination and evaluation of care; 4) applies infection control measures appropriately in delivering care; 5) adheres to ethical principles and nursing standards in delivering care; 6) uses skills for effective communication and patient education with individuals and groups to achieve desired patient outcomes; 7) possesses BLS certification; Psychiatric Mental Health Board Certification preferred; 8) Perform other duties as assigned by the IU Directors or Nurse Manager ; 9) Will adhere to guidelines established in MCM -04-54, notify the IU Directors or designee, if overtime will be incurred in his/her area after the designated clinic closure, to care for patients.
Other duties include but not limited to:
-Demonstrates sound clinical judgment and leadership in improving patient care through the use of the nursing process for patients requiring specialized or complex care.
-Addresses problem-solving at the unit/team level, effectiveness in unit leadership role and as a consultant in the application of critical-thinking skills in documentation.
-Provides age-specific care for adult, older adult (65-74), and geriatric care (over 75) patient/groups, including the following elements related to the aging process: promotes independence, encourages self-care, involves family or caregiver with care, provides necessary safety measures, assists patients to cope with and/or compensate for changes affecting mobility, balance, cognition, vision, hearing, bones, skin, and thermoregulation. Assess age-specific care requirements and develops an appropriate plan of care.
-Utilizes interventions, which maximize health capabilities (i.e., safely administers medications, assists with coordination of consults, utilizes interdisciplinary team to achieve treatment goals).
-Develops and involves patient/family in planning care and documenting interventions in the medical record.
-Identifies the need for new or revised policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines.
-Implements and documents nursing interventions/orders and treatments in a timely and accurate manner.
-Initiates and documents teaching based on patient/family's identified needs and the patient's identified learning style, seeking assistance as needed.
-Appropriately documents patient encounters.
-Takes a leadership role in initiating effective action in emergencies. Directs others as indicated to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. Examples may include: life-threatening emergencies, disturbed behavior management, internal or external disaster.
-Follows established safety and infection control standards, policies and procedures. Monitors staff compliance with same.
Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hrs a week. OT/Shift/Weekends/Holidays may be required.
Functional Statement Title/#: South County & North County Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Registered Nurse
Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.
This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
Travel 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. 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.
- (NOTE: Applicant's education program must be listed on one of the above websites showing accreditation at the time the program was completed. If the school is not currently listed, applicants must provide evidence of past accreditation durung the time they completed their program in the application materials).
- 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.
- At least 2-5 years current experience in outpatient mental health and/or mental health care coordination/management.
- Certification in Psychiatric Nursing and/or Case Management.
- Demonstrates stron g communication and customer service skills.
- BSN 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 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.
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may be occasionally exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.
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:
The following documents are required. You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below documents 1-4. *IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE.*
1. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire: If applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting via fax, you must complete the 1203FX form.
2. CV or Resume - It must include sufficient experience and/or education. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week (whether Full Time or Part Time - must include number of hours if Part Time). If these information is not included in your resume, your application might be rated ineligible.
3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Nurses And Nurse Anesthetists (required) can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
(Required at the time you submitted your application).
4. Unofficial or offical transcript(s)- showing degree and confer date (if you submit a transcript with no degree and the conferred date, you will be rated ineligible). We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. NOTE: Applicant's education program must be listed on one of the above websites (CCNE or ACEN) showing accreditation at the time the program was completed (and you will be rated ineligible if your school is not accredited by CCNE or ACEN during the time you complete your degree). If the school is not currently listed, applicants must provide evidence of past accreditation by CCNE or ACEN in the application materials.
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which is highly recommended but may not be required for all applicants:
.Copy of State Board License (showing expiration date)
*SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" (If current of prior federal employee)
*DD-214 (Member 4 copy showing type of discharge)
*Other Veterans Document
**If currently employed in the government system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel action.
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.