RN - Nurse Manager Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU)
- Clinical documentation as outlined in the staff nurse job description.
- Staff Evaluations/Interviewing/Hiring documents
- Staff schedule
- Quality Improvement activities
- Reports as indicated for specific units
- Timecards/leave requests
- Documents as required by regulatory bodies
- Staff education records
- Policies/Procedures/Standards of care as required for specific units
- Provides twenty-four hour accountability for quality of care provided in IPU
- Delivers patient care as outlined by the staff nurse job description
- Identifies and addresses potential crisis situations and
- Responds effectively in medical or psychiatric emergency situations on unit
- Facilitates referrals and/or consultations to comply with multidisciplinary plan of care
- Collaborates with physicians, social worker, psychologistsand other personnel in treatment of veterans with complex mental health disorders.
- Works with Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) NM to assist in coordination of SARRTP treatment issues and to assist in staffing and cross covering of units.
- Monitors staffing needs and maintains adequate coverage for providing safe patient care in coordination with the ACNS and the nurse recruiter.
- Maintains unit safety by routinely inspecting the environment and requesting assistance from other services like engineering and housekeeping as needed.
- Provides timely follow-up on all patient complaints or concerns.
- Communicates effectively with staff and support personnel to resolve patient care and staff issues.
- Monitors use of controlled substances and completes reports as needed
- Requests supplies and equipment as needed
- Evaluates the provision of care on the IPU
- Orientation based on individual needs to ensure competency (usually 6 weeks)
- Mandatory TMS education
- Mandatory Skills Training
- Obtain National Certification in Mental Health
Work Schedule: Work Schedule: Day Shift with 24 hour unit accountability
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
- 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: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) AND Three (3) years inpatient psychiatric unit experience.
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 involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs/stretchers, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position may require the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position. Nurse Manager must be able to physically control or protect self from bodily harm by threatening or abusive patients.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Only selected applicant is required to complete this form. 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
- Other Veterans Document