Registered Nurse (Mental Health Care Manager for Ketamine and ECT Clinic)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Internal Number: 668499700
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: Education/Experience: A minimum of an Associate Degree in Nursing. Eligible candidate must possess current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a US State, Commonwealth, Territory or the District of Columbia. A minimum of two (2) years of successful Registered Nurse (RN) Nursing Experience/Clinical Practice required. A minimum of two (2) years of successful Mental Health RN Nursing Experience. Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. Demonstrates sound judgment, nursing process and critical thinking skills. Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Knowledge of computer systems and standard software programs. Demonstrates skills in managing complex systems, with advanced organizational skills. Knowledge and understanding of Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) regulations/policies/procedures, current Joint Commission (JC) Standards, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and other current internal and external accrediting body standards. Demonstrates a pleasant and respectful disposition. Demonstrates the ability to respond in a positive manner with Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) Employees and Stakeholders. 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 pounds and over; Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over; Straight pulling (1-2 hrs); Pushing (1-2 hrs); Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs); Kneeling; Repeated bending (1-2 hrs); Walking (2-4 hrs); Standing (2-6 hrs); Use of fingers; Use of both hands; Near vision correctable; Far vision correctable; Depth perception; Hearing (aide permitted); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Mental Health Service (MHS) Registered Nurse (RN) Care Manager will assist with various activities related to the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Ketamine Treatment Programs as well as the Mental Health Clinic (MHC). The MHS RN Care Manger is responsible for ECT Procedures; assisting with scheduling appointments for the patient for the initial evaluation and treatment sessions, complete RN Assessments, Clinical Reminders, perform various depression and cognitive rating scales (e.g., a PHQ-9 for depression symptomatology and a Montréal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, for cognitive evaluation) and assist with patient preparation for the ECT procedures. The MHS RN Care Manger is responsible for Ketamine Treatments; assisting with scheduling appointments for the patient for the initial evaluation and treatment sessions, complete RN Assessments, Clinical Reminders, perform various depression and cognitive rating scales (e.g., a PHQ-9 for depression symptomatology and a Montréal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, for cognitive evaluation) and assist with patient preparation for the Ketamine treatments. Additionally, the RN Care Manager will be available to help monitor the patient during the 40-minute Ketamine infusion session as well as post treatment to include monitoring patient for 2 hours using depression, cognitive and dissociative rating scales as well as psychiatric nursing assessment skills. The MHS RN Care Manager is responsible for services and support to Veterans through the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Teams model of care. BHIP provides a foundation for collaborative teams of Mental Health professionals who work together to provide Veteran centered care, care coordination, and access to mental health care. The practice of the RN Care Manager in the clinical setting encompasses a broad array of clinical activities including but not limited to, health promotion and health maintenance; intake screening, evaluation and triage; care management; suicide assessment and safety planning; treatment planning; psychoeducation; psychoeducation health groups; clinical reminders; provision of therapeutic and safe environments; promotion of self-care activities; administration of psycho-biological treatment regimens and monitoring response and effects; crisis intervention and stabilization; and psychiatric rehabilitation. The MHS RN Care Manager is responsible for the coordination and clinical care of Veterans served in the Outpatient Mental Health Setting. The RN Care Manager is responsible for providing a wide range of patient care, treatments and charting activities required in the MHC. The RN Care Manager must possess knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated efforts and self-direction in carrying out complex assignments. The RN Care Manager is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing direct Veteran care. The RN Care Manager uses the nursing process and Evidence-Based practices to perform nursing functions related to coordination of patient care utilizing patient centered practices, and a focus on excellence in nursing care and customer service. The MHS RN Care Manager performs duties in such a way as to encourage Veteran efforts towards goals for recovery and maintains a safe and therapeutic environment while promoting a sense of worth and dignity for the Veteran. Quality of Care is measured by Evidence-Based Clinical Reminders, Measurement Based Care (MBC) and local Performance Measures. The RN Care Manager assesses Veterans and prioritizes urgency of needs based on condition and information obtained from the Veteran. The RN Care Manager independently initiates emergency action in life threatening situations such as cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, disruptive behaviors, etc. and alerts others. The MHS RN Care Manager is proficient to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care based on comprehensive holistic components. 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: 7:30am-4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday Rotation Required\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Non Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Aaron Fernau firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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