The nurse in this role functions as part of the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL). This nurse demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Major Psychiatric Diagnoses and substances dependence/abuse. The NP will provide psychiatric emergency on-call crisis support and other duties as assigned by the supervisor and/or Director of MHSL. The NP will be responsible to the Chief of MH, Service Line designee or other NM with practice accountability to the ADPCS/Nurse Executive.
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The Cheyenne VA Medical Center is a Level 3 facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and inpatients and outpatients, a Standard Complexity Operating Room with a carve out for Total Joint Surgery, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. Home-Based Primary Care and Telehealth nursing care is also provided. Roles may include, but are not limited to clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, nurse coordinator, nurse educator, expert clinician, nurse manager, nurse practitioner, nurse recruiter, or researcher. Executes position responsibilities that demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. Work duties performed include, but are not limited to:
Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning;
Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes,
Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities,
Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise,
Guiding, developing, and supporting staff from a leadership perspective, and
Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8am
NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Functional Statement: Nurse Practitioner (MHSL), 000000
OTHER: There will be biweekly referrals until filled.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Family Practice Nurse Practitioners
Practitioners, Family Practice Nurse
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
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.
Nurse Practitioners. On and after [March 17, 2009], registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications. This includes employees appointed before [March 17, 2009], who obtain such qualifications on or after [March 17, 2009.]
Nurse Practitioners must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. (The certification must be in the adult care/geriatrics, family practice specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected).
Experience working with clients/patients that have health care and complex psychosocial needs that require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving.
Knowledge of or direct experience working with patients with substance use, trauma, and have co-morbidity.
Experience supporting care coordination needs with Mental Health concerns is preferred.
VA experience is preferred but not required.
Successful applicant will be flexible and able to coordinate daily activities dependent on inpatient and various crisis needs.
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 and approximately 2-3 year's 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:This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may been exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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