RN-Nursing Director Mental Health

West Haven, CT
Jun 16, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The incumbent will execute leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care and is responsible for outcomes. The Nursing Director of Mental Health is responsible for administrative and operational functions of his/her assigned nursing units/programs. The incumbent functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Nursing and Patient Care, mental health, administrative staff and other services. The incumbent must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers, families and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local and network levels.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provides leadership to facilitate delivery for quality nursing care within the mental health service line;
  • Provides direct supervision, orientation and development of supervised staff;
  • Sets clear and measurable goals for direct reporting staff;
  • Provides leadership to staff for Joint Commission readiness including journey towards high reliability organizational goals;
  • Direct involvement and participation in strategic planning and operational responsibilities for Nursing and Mental Health;
  • Provide leadership/participation on nursing, medical center committees and Mental Health Council and/or Mental Health Firm Director meetings;
  • Contribute to the professional growth and development of colleagues, direct report staff, and other health care providers;
  • Provide leadership in addressing ethical issues;
  • Facilitates and monitors compliance with Mental Health performance measures, accreditation standards and administrative responsibilities in Nursing Administration and Mental Health;
  • Works collaboratively with Human Resources on managing labor relation and disciplinary issues and working to assure adherence to the master Agreements;
  • Reviews and signs all APRN Scope and formulary requests for those supervised and provide guidance on acceptable standards of practice related to the position;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, but must be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience in direct supervisory role such as Nurse Manager or Nursing Director;
  • 4-5 years of experience in Mental Health preferably in Supervisory Role;
  • Demonstrate skill in critical thinking, strategic planning, group process, leadership and performance improvement;
  • Experience implementing change utilizing evidence based data/theory;
  • Knowledge of lean six sigma a plus.

Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
  • Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience.

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: Registered Nurses should be physically and mentally capable to perform duties of the position. The position requires walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to 8 hours.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. Please submit with current and updated information. Must be dated within the last 3 months.
  • Copy of your Registered Nurse license which shows current expiration date.
  • Copy of your unofficial transcripts with degree earned and date conferred.
  • Please provide your last two performance evaluations.
  • Other-please see checklist.
  • 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
    • VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

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