Staff Nurse (Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Internal Number: 690942200
The New Mexico VA Healthcare System is a highly affiliated, complexity level 1b facility located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with 13 CBOCs throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The facility is known for excellent performance and clinical care, a robust research program and successful clinical training programs. The NMVAHCS is a campus-style facility with historical buildings situated on 100+ acres with mountains to the East and the Rio Grande running through the city to the West. 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. 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: 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: 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. ["The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) is seeking Registered Nurses (RN) for the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) located in Albuquerque NM within the Behavioral Health Care Line (BHCL). The MHRRTP RN is accountable for adhering to established policies and procedures and for demonstrating self-direction, and creative approaches to the management of complex patient care. The RN uses Veteran-centered, evidence-based knowledge, training, and clinical skills to provide high quality, safe patient care. The RN demonstrates effective interpersonal skills when communicating with both residents and staff. The RN actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and shares the new knowledge gained with other staff. The RN demonstrates self-direction in evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses and identifies methods for self-development. The RN directly reports to the Nurse Manager MHRRTP and is indirectly accountable to the Chief Nurse, BHCL. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: Assessment, evaluation, and care planning for Veterans to meet medical and mental health needs, using a recovery-based approach. Direct patient care to include the use of medical equipment as needed, medication education and management, and the provision of medical care for physical co-morbidities. Clinical supervision of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Nursing Assistants (NA) to include delegation of duties within the LPN or NA scope of practice. Participates in ongoing MHRRTP interdisciplinary treatment planning with the clinical staff. Interacts with a variety of patients and families/significant others for the purpose of providing nursing care, education, encouragement, and fostering patient self-reliance and independence. Provides appropriate care for patients generally ranging in age from 18 through the geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis, physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs. Expected to provide direct supervision and precepting of new or less experienced staff or nursing students. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Full-time. Must be able to work day shift, night shift and weekend shifts along with Holidays as scheduled. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial 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.