Registered Nurse (Mental Health Intensive Case Management)
The Registered Nurse is aligned within the Nursing Service assigned to Mental Health, and is a member of the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery (ICMHR) interdisciplinary team. The ICMHR program embraces the Recovery Model and provides community based treatment to veterans with a serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. The mission is to help veterans help themselves and others through empowerment and meaningful community reintegration. This is accomplished through intensive, flexible, community support; education to improve health and wellness; reducing inpatient mental health admissions and dependence on medical center resources; and helping veterans improve their overall quality of life. This position falls under the Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (RANGE). RANGE nurses tend to cover a much larger geographical (rural) area with 80% of visits within an hour drive from the Kerrville VA Hospital.
Demonstrates leadership and mastery of practice in delivering efficient, comprehensive, and continuous patient driven holistic care through mental health recovery based active collaboration, communication and coordination of resources. Serves as a Case Manager for a client caseload of veterans diagnosed with a serious mental illness who live in the community. The Nurse Case Manager must pass all requirements for individuals who transport patients in a government vehicle. The Nurse Case Manager ensures provisions of mental and physical health care services, prescribed medications, funds, entitlements and safe housing for veterans. The Nurse Case Manager serves as a resource to all veterans and staff in the program for medication monitoring and education. The Nurse Case Manager will share his/her expertise with other staff and assist with assessments, orders, consults, etc., as needed.
The Nurse Case Manager assists in improving social and interpersonal functioning by maximizing constructive use of time through vocational, recreational, and social activity. The Registered Nurse has frequent direct contact with their assigned caseload (generally 2-3 contacts per week) to assist in decreasing use of inpatient resources and increase reliance on outpatient, community, and personal resources for crisis resolution.
- 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 1 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 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 i nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has a 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.
Minimum of 2 Years Inpatient Mental Health experience;
3 years with RN experience;
Outpatient Mental Health Experience;
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.
Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 ils); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (4-6 hours);Pulling Hand Over Hand (4-6 hours); Pushing (4-6 hours); Reaching Above Shoulder; Use of Fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (4 Hours); Standing (2 Hours); Kneeling (2 Hours); Repeated Bending (2 Hours); Repeated Bending (2 Hours); Climbing, legs only (2 Hours);Climbing, Use of Legs and Arms; Both Legs Required; Far vision, correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to Distinguish Basic Colors; Hearing (Aid Permitted); Sitting (8 Hours Per Day); Simple Grasping (2-4 Hours Per Day); Fine Manipulation (4-6 Hours, Includes Keyboarding Per Day); Twisting (4-6 Hours Per Day) and Mental and Emotional Stability.
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.
Travel is required: 75% or greater;
Travel Description: Frequent travel may require more than 100 miles per day;
Relocation Authorized: No;
Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed;
An unrestricted driver's license is mandatory;
Must obtain a government driver's license.
Must be able to transport veterans.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.We may not make assumptions regarding you experience.
Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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), etc.