U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
The Registered Nurse (Psychiatric/Mental Health) at the Tomah VA Healthcare System is located within three areas: acute psychiatry, mental health residential treatment programs, and long term mental health care. The mental health registered nurse will provide comprehensive care to Veterans utilizing specialized nursing skills and knowledge in a relatively independent fashion in areas of nursing research, consultation, patient and family education, outreach, follow-up, intake, program coordination and evaluation, and other activities appropriate to case management. The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: - Assume delegated responsibility for the care of clients at the Domiciliary or other program to which assigned. - Assume delegated responsibility to oversee health technicians and/or licensed practical nurses. - Support policies and procedures of the MHRRTP, Mental Health Services (MHS), Patient Care Services (PCS), and the Tomah VAMC. - Maintain responsibility for quality patient care; demonstrate willingness to support change for improvement of patient care and unit operation. - Provide skilled nursing care and give guidance to clients in the management of their physical and psychosocial needs. - Provide a safe, therapeutic environment that protects patient rights. - Perform clinical assessment and treatment procedures identified in the Annual Health Maintenance Review and clinical reminders posted in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), and other assessment and treatment procedures (e.g. immunizations, injections, PPDs). - Assess client's health status by gathering information and identify client's actual and potential problems; maintain ongoing assessment of client's status based on information gathered by interviewing and observation. - Develop a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients to coordinate psychosocial treatment with standardized physical nursing care and guidance. - Develop care plans using assessment data that integrates medical and nursing therapies including input from client's family and other health care team members. - Collaborate with other health care team members in delivery of health care services per established standards and patient care principles. - Involve client's family and other health care team members in discharge planning. - Organize and conduct, as appropriate, various treatment modalities such as individual and group counseling, milieu therapy, etc. - Evaluate response of client to plan of care and nursing interventions and revise patient care to meet changing needs. - Monitor client behavior to intervene when appropriate; monitor clients for critical changes and initiates appropriate emergency procedures. - Demonstrate competency in performance of technical skills. - Maintain a safe environment for clients and strive to meet their maximum security and comfort needs. - Provide effective management of crisis in disturbed clients in emergency situations. - Monitor client behavior to intervene when appropriate. - Incorporate results on quality assurance programs in daily patient care activities. - Promote, participate and evaluate patient/family health education. - Contribute to the learning experiences of students. - Participate in education and direction of nursing personnel. - Educate clients in a variety of prevention, health promotion and maintenance interventions. - Assist medical providers and pharmacist with evaluating medication compliance and knowledge of the clients' prescribed medications. - Conduct other group therapy and/or education sessions as assigned. - Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team in assessment, planning, providing, and evaluating care for MHRRTP clients. - Establish the clinical record and overall treatment plan and for case management of assigned residents in the program. Work Schedule: All days and shifts available and will vary to meet the needs of the neighborhood and service. Compressed Tour, Twelve (12) hour shifts days or nights, Eight (8) hour shifts nights, days, or evenings. Please indicate on your application materials the shift(s) you are applying for. 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. 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. Preferred Experience: - BSN - Two (2) recent years of RN experience in mental health care. 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. 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: 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. (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. Resume
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