This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: Mental Health Experience 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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: Position requires heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), heavy carrying (45 pounds and over), straight pulling (4 hours), pushing (4 hours), use of fingers and both hands, walking and standing 8-12 hours, repeated bending 8 hours, both 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 to 20/40 in other eye, depth perception, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hear (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and will 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 and departmental needs. This is an Open Continuous Announcement. Resumes/Questionnaires received in USA Staffing in response to this announcement will be maintained in the USA Staffing job file. Qualification determinations will be done based on the applicant's resume/questionnaire/documents submitted for the position and a list of qualified candidates will be referred to Service as vacancies arise. **The initial cut off of eligible applicants will be July 6, 2022. Subsequent cut-off dates will be the 20th of each month or as needed. The vacancy announcement will remain open until closed, canceled or filled.* ["The incumbent exhibits leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for Outpatient Mental Health veteran population groups served through BHIP that cross service and discipline lines and influence organizational mission and vision of VISN and organization standards. The incumbent is responsible for planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, and administering the enterprise risk management and quality management BHIP program with the focus on evaluating and continuously improving services provided for BHIP veteran population. Duties included but not limited to:\n1. Provides program quality improvement efforts with operational practices, advanced assessment, judgment, collaborative efforts of disciplines, navigation of new referrals, decision-making and diagnostic reasoning skills, advanced clinical competencies, provider education, health literacy, community engagement, access failures/social fragility, social support and treatment planning\n2. Responsible for collaborative efforts with suicide prevention team to provide outpatient resources and education for VISN and organization suicide prevention innovations\n3. Improves organization system processes with high- utilization of outpatient mental health services\n4. Improves care delivery practices and system processes between leadership and BHIP disciplines\n5. Provides outpatient communication, resources, networking and education to improve care delivery between emergency room, inpatient and outpatient clinics\n6. Assists with performance measures of monitoring, evaluation and action plans for program improvement/enhancement as well as accreditation reviews and pertinent site visits with emphasis of CARF and JACHO regulations\n7. Coordinates and monitors clinical training/development of BHIP staff\n8. Provides clinical expertise with conflict resolution and daily BHIP clinic operations\n9. Coordinates system approaches and strategic planning with daily BHIP team huddles and operations\n10. Provides oversight of administrative and programmatic resources for BHIP, delivering specialized, complex, and highly professional mental health services that are integrated within the primary care setting\n11. Provides administrative support to BHIP Nurses and clinic disciplines\n13. Responsible for assisting Chief of Mental Health Service and Chief Nurse of Mental Health with planning, organizing, and coordinating BHIP program objectives, mission and vision\n14. Provides support and assisting with BHIP documentation regulations\n15. Responsible for aligning work of BHIP veteran population with National Strategic Goals/objectives, best practice, clinical practice guidelines, standards of care, and policy guidance, clinical tools for discipline support, research agenda for clinical inquiries.\n16. Direct and support health care system staff to carry out the functions and activities required of the position\n17. Contributes ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives as related to BHIP, as well as across the health care system\n18. Assist in policy making activities as related to BHIP mission, as well as organization standards of care\n19. Collaborate with all organization disciplines to establish and maintain programs that cross services and influence the mission of the organization.\n20. Responsible for identifying BHIP program gaps/needs and provides interventions to support quality improvement\n21. Must maintain BLS certification. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm, occasional weekends and after hours as needed\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact: VISN10hrEDRPSLRP@VA.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.