RN (Acute Psychiatric)

Location
Salisbury, NC
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 05, 2018
Closes
Mar 05, 2018
Specialty
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Mental Health Inpatient RN is directly responsible to the designated Nurse Manager in the assigned area; the RN is responsible and accountable for the provision of direct patient care and for the delivery of recovery-oriented nursing care to a culturally diverse Veteran patient population.
This RN demonstrates competence, including specialized knowledge, skills and abilities in caring for patients with mental health problems, psychiatric disorders and co-occurring disorders.
The duties include; but are not limited to:
1. Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with all patients.
2. Assesses the physical and mental health needs of assigned patients.
3. Completes Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) when clinically indicated, documents SRA in CPRS SRA template and implements nursing interventions based on SRA.
4. Manages psychiatric emergencies and intervenes with therapeutic principles of PMDB when clinically indicated.
5. Provides structure and maintains a safe therapeutic milieu & recovery-oriented environment.
6. Documents application of the nursing process in a responsible, accountable manner.
7. Engages in teamwork to ensure a fair distribution of work and assignments.
8. Collaborates with treatment team to develop and revise a patient-centered plan of care.
9. Documents nursing plan of care in Mental Health Suite in a timely manner.
10. Implements nursing interventions to assist Veterans in their recovery.
11. Demonstrates knowledge of psychotropic medications and other prescribed medications.
12. Administers and monitors for effectiveness and reactions to psychotropic medications and other prescribed medications.
13. Serves in the role of Admission/Discharge Nurse as assigned by manager and/or designee.
14. Serves as Charge Nurse - assigns, delegates and oversees nursing activities of other licensed and unlicensed personal.
Preferred Experience:
2-3 years of specialized experience working as a Registered Nurse within a Mental Health Inpatient Unit; BSN Degree Preferred
Work Schedule:
Day; Evening or Night shift that includes weekends and holidays. Extended hours, rotations, holidays and weekends may occur.

Financial Disclosure Report: OGE Form 278e Filing: This position is NOT required to file the Public Financial Disclosure Report.

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.
    • 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.
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: Heavy Lifting (maximum 35 lbs.); Heavy Carrying (maximum 35 lbs.); Pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; use of both hands; Walking (frequent); Standing (frequent); Repeated bending; use of both legs; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

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:

  • VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • 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), etc.
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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