Mental Health Nurse Manager (Domiciliary)

Location
Big Spring, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 16, 2019
Closes
Jul 16, 2019
Specialty
Behavioral Health
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The DNM will be responsible for the day to day operations for all nurses, provides oversight for the administration of leave, counseling and disciplinary actions, and will manage, supervise and evaluate the care delivers by staff and other allied health care staff. This position consists of both clinical and administrative responsibilities with approximately 75% of time being spent in direct clinical care and the remaining 25% of time being spent in administrative activities; however, this is subject to the needs of the facility and can be modified at the direction of the Program Manager of the Domiciliary and/or the Chief, Behavioral Health. The DNM is responsible and accountable for contributing to the establishment and implementation of evidence-based nursing standards of practice. Creates a positive work environment which enhances care delivery and professional development of clinically competent staff. Promotes, creates, demonstrates, and ensures a culturally diverse workforce. The incumbent is responsible and accountable for appropriate orientation, education, continuing professional development of nursing personnel.

Patient care will be provided in person and/or via telehealth modalities. The DNM will assist with admissions/discharges of our Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP) to include completing nursing assessments, clinical reminders, suicide safety screens for all residents. The DNM will also assist in triaging, ensuring completion of orders, etc. for Veterans attending sick call or regular treatment appointments with Nurse Practitioner. Oversight of self-administration and/or administration of medications will also be a function of this candidate, as well, as completion of follow-up calls to Veterans discharged from the program. The DNM will be primarily responsible for scheduling, staffing, evaluation, directing, supervising and ensuring nursing coverage for all shifts in conjunction with Program Manager, and will provide direct supervision to the nursing staff to ensure completion of nursing activities to include off tour hours, weekends and holidays. Collaboration of care is accomplished with other members of the Domiciliary Team and/or other interdisciplinary treatment teams through involvement in daily huddles, weekly or monthly staff meetings, attendance at treatment team meetings.

Work Schedule: 8 Hour rotating monthly shifts (7:30am-4pm, 3:30pm-midnight, midnight-8am)
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.

Preferred Experience: Minimum of 3 years of Mental Health and/or Drug/Alcohol experience. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising mental health patient care. Assesses suicide/homicide risks, evaluates depression, and substance abuse history and onset and any other routine mental health risk factors and advises the physician of these concerns. Have at least one of experience as a program manager, Example: Developing systems for a facility involving patients with mental health issues. Oversees and works closely with facility care management teams to include nurses, social work case managers, etc. Has supervisory experience and is able to serve as a liaison between Mental Health service and Nursing service to ensure nursing competencies, policies and regulations are met for all nursing staff.

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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. 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 occasionally be 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.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • 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), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850a
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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