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2018-08-102018-09-20

REGISTERED NURSE- MENTAL HEALTH

Pineville, LA
Summary

The Alexandria VA Medical Center is seeking a Registered Nurse(s) to provide care to ill and injured Veterans in our Inpatient Mental Health setting. As a Staff Nurse, primary duties include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Work Schedule: Rotating 12 hour shifts to include one 8 hour shift per pay period. Tours of duty include days, nights, weekends and holidays

Duties

- Assume delegated responsibility to oversee health technicians and/or licensed practical nurses.
- 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 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 according to established standards and patient care principles.
- Involve client's family and other health care team members in discharge planning.
- 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.
- 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.

graph of estimated pay ranges
$47,854
$83,929
Job Details
Application Open Date
3/9/2018

Application Close Date
9/30/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
15514-United States Citizens

Status
Full-Time


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

      Seasonal Influenza Program:
      Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
      • Required Experience - Two (2) years Mental Health experience
      • Certifications - Basic Life Support (BLS)
      • 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.
      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: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. 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 up to 50 pounds. 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 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. In addition, the incumbent must be emotionally stable and adjust to different types of personalities, demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy and concern. He/she must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action as directed and use initiative in preventing accidents.
  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section
  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section
    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/30/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0610-Nurse
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings: 3
      Job Position: CAYJ-10139843-18-DT

      - Assume delegated responsibility to oversee health technicians and/or licensed practical nurses.
      - 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 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 according to established standards and patient care principles.
      - Involve client's family and other health care team members in discharge planning.
      - 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.
      - 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.

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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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