Registered Nurse Outpatient Mental Health

Department Of Veterans Affairs Bakersfield , CA 93301

Posted 4 weeks ago

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Summary

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking a highly skilled Registered Nurse to serve in our Outpatient Mental Health Clinics. The Staff Nurse utilizes the nursing process to assess, coordinate, facilitate and deliver nursing care for patients utilizing the nursing process. Provides direct and indirect nursing care to patients and families. Accountable for adhering lo established polices for standards of care and standards of practice.

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Responsibilities

Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.

  • Makes curing for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work.

  • Expected to accomplish all mandated annual training programs and following orientation to this position, rotate to other clinical areas.

  • Evaluates and documents patient response to interventions and progress towards attainment of goals and expected outcomes.

  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions

  • Acts as a patient advocate when patient self-determination is questioned.

  • Recognizes ethical problems and serves as a resource and/or consultant to patients, families, or staff and other health care providers on ethical issues.

  • Must maintain access to Accucheck and use keycards and Omni cell access appropriately.

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with non-VA providers and vendors.

  • Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.

  • Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively und appropriately.

  • Responsible for implementing Patient-Centered Care principles in his/her work area.

  • Collaborates in a team-oriented, customer-driven, professional environment to promote access and coordination of care; educate and empower patients and their families;

  • Enhance the customer experience with positive interactions; and promote the coordination, continuity and integration of care.

  • Demonstrates flexibility, integrity and accountability that emphasizes excellence and quality.

  • Uses equipment correctly and accurately interprets data.

  • Recognizes subtle changes in patient's condition and responds timely, choosing the correct interventions.

  • Demonstrates evidence of critical thinking skills in identifying. analyzing and resolving patient care problems on the unit.

  • Initiates and implements an interdisciplinary plan of care based on assessments.

  • Performs ongoing assessment of patient condition and response to treatment.

  • Provides leadership in establishing goals, evaluating the plan of care, and in discharge planning.

  • Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8-hour Day Shift with work days/hours flexibility required as patient care needs require. This position has 24-hour accountability.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a Virtual Position

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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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

Qualifications

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.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/10/2020.

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 (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.

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:Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.

All registered nurses with less than 12-months of RN experience upon entry on duty (EOD) date, will complete a 12-month nurse residency program. The RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) Residency Program complies with VHA Directive 1077. See https://www.va.gov/NURSING/workforce/RNTTP.asp for details.

Preferred Experience:

  • Master's in nursing (MSN) preferred

  • College Degree from an accredited school of nursing, BSN degree in Nursing field is preferred

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, APIC certification is desired

  • Possess a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from one of the following providers: American Heart Association-Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, American Red Cross CPR/ AED for the Professional rescuer. By AHA

  • At least 3 years of continuous, Successful Acute Care or related experience

  • At least 3 years of successful nursing practice as a nurse leader (Nurse Manager, Acting Nurse Manager, Charge Nurse or Team Leader) preferred

  • Evidence of self-direction or organizational skills. Supervisory experience in covering several nursing units independently is preferred

  • Evidence of effectively educating patients and patient families

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable to word processing, spreadsheet, and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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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Registered Nurse Outpatient Mental Health

Department Of Veterans Affairs