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. 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: BSN 1-2 years in adult inpatient psychiatric setting MANDT, TMAB, PMDB trained CPI certified Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. Must be able to work closely with others, as well a protracted or irregular hours of work. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards ***This is an open continuous announcement until September 30, 2023. Qualified Applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. All applicants may receive consideration for 3 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest. ******Recruitment and Relocation Incentives up to $15,000 may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate*** The Mental Health RN provides safe, skilled nursing care to patients in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit. He/she serves as an integral member of the treatment team and is responsible for helping to produce a therapeutic environment and plan of care to promote optimal health status. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. (ANA code of Ethics for Nurses). - Performs psychosocial and health assessment, planning, and evaluation of health care needs and care of specific patients and their significant others/families. - Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary treatment team and ancillary services to plan and implement the veterans plan of care. - Maintains therapeutic Nurse-Patient relationships and practice in a recovery oriented model. - Participates in and conducts patient community groups and provides patient education as needed. - Identifies and reports all unsafe conditions to appropriate personnel to ensure a safe environment for all patients, medical center personnel, and visitors. - Provides direct patient care through individual, group, and family therapies as well as crisis intervention. - Supervises direct patient care performed by other RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Nursing Assistants (NAs). - Determines the need for restraint or seclusion treatment modalities if patient is in danger to self or others as well as completes continuous assessment, intervention, and follow-up of patient status. - Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with all internal and external customers. - Demonstrates working practices that include adherence to Infection Control standards and the safe use and operation of equipment. - Participates in and leads performance improvement activities at the unit, service line and Medical Center level. - Increasingly advances in the Charge Nurse role as well as serves as a precept to other RNs. Communicates with other nursing units and hospital departments as necessary in lending knowledge and care for the patients involved. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards 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: During Interview you will be given 3 choices of work schedule. 1).Rotating 7:30am-4:00pm; 3:30pm-12:00 midnight. 2). Non-rotating 3:30pm-12:00 midnight 3). Non-rotating 11:30pm-8:00 am Applicants may be required to work all days of week including weekends, holidays as required by needs of department. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program: Contact Olympia Smith, Olympia.Smith@va.gov the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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