Registered Nurse (Mental Health - Outpatient)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration San Diego , CA 92101

Posted 2 months ago



VA San Diego Healthcare System is currently recruiting for a full time Outpatient Mental Health Care RN to work in their Mental Health Outpatient La Jolla MH Clinics

  • Impact Unit#5. The Outpatient Mental Health Care Coordinator is a professional registered nurse who functions both in a clinical and coordinator role for the la Jolla MH Outpatient Clinics

  • IU#5.

The incumbent combines direct clinic nursing and case management skills, to support unmet, high priority needs for patients with mental health (MH) disease followed by the Impact Unit (IU) section. The Care Coordinator 1) provides continuity of care for MH patients followed by the IU section; 2) provides a safe and supportive environment for patients and their families; 3) incorporates the age, gender, culture and learning needs of patients requiring planning, coordination and evaluation of care; 4) applies infection control measures appropriately in delivering care; 5) adheres to ethical principles and nursing standards in delivering care; 6) uses skills for effective communication and patient education with individuals and groups to achieve desired patient outcomes; 7) possesses BLS certification; Psychiatric Mental Health Board Certification preferred; 8) Perform other duties as assigned by the IU Directors or Nurse Manager.
Other duties include but not limited to:
-Demonstrates sound clinical judgment and leadership in improving patient care through the use of the nursing process for patients.

  • Addresses problem-solving at the unit/team level, effectiveness in unit leadership role and as a consultant in the application of critical-thinking skills in documentation.

  • Provides age-specific care for adult, older adult (65-74), and geriatric care (over 75) patient/groups, including the following elements related to the aging process: promotes independence, encourages self-care, involves family or caregiver with care, provides necessary safety measures, assists patients to cope with and/or compensate for changes affecting mobility, balance, cognition, vision, hearing, bones, skin, and thermoregulation.

  • Utilizes interventions, which maximize health capabilities (i.e., safely administers medications, assists with coordination of consults, utilizes interdisciplinary team to achieve treatment goals).
    Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hrs a week. OT/Shift/Weekends/Holidays may be required.
    Functional Statement Title/#: Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Registered Nurse
    Relocation/Recruitment incentives: Not authorized for this position.
    This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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


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 or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education . 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. (NOTE: Applicant's education program must be listed on one of the above websites (CCNE or ACEN) showing accreditation at the time the degree was completed. If the school is not currently listed, applicants must provide in the application materials a written statement/evidence of past accreditation from ACEN or CCNE during the time they completed their program ) 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: BSN preferred. Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and/or Case Management. Minimum of 2 years recent (within the last 3 years) RN experience that includes psychiatric experience. Demonstrates strong communication and customer service skills. This position will be located in the Mental Health Clinic in the La Jolla location.

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:
Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability.
Other Physical Demands: 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. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.


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: . 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: .

Additional information

Note: This position is eligible to apply for an educational loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Educational Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Eligibility requirements must be met and funds must be available.

Applications for the program must be completed and submitted within four months of being permanently appointed. To initiate the process and avoid delay, please contact the EDRP Coordinator within two weeks of coming onboard. The EDRP Coordinator can be reached at or ext. 7664.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA Form 10-2850a

VA Form 10-2850a

  • Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: .
    This form must be completed/signed and submitted with your application.

NOTE: 1. Resume must include the following: the month and year (MM/YY format) for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week (whether Full Time or Part Time - must include number of hours if Part Time). If these information is not included in your resume, your application might be rated ineligible.
2.Transcript must show degree and confer date (if you submit a transcript with no degree and the conferred date, you will be rated ineligible). We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. NOTE: Applicant's education program must be listed on one of the above websites (CCNE or ACEN) showing accreditation at the time the program was completed (and you will be rated ineligible because your school is not accredited by CCNE or ACEN). If the school is not currently listed, applicants must provide evidence of past accreditation by CCNE or ACEN in the application materials.
3.If you are a current or prior federal employees, must submit a copy of their latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application:
Cover Page
Copy of RN License
DD-214 Military Discharge
VA disability letter

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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