The Chief Nurse in Mental Health Service is an executive level registered nurse who reports directly to the Chief of Staff. The incumbent has direct responsibility and accountability for Veterans receiving mental health services at the Overton Brooks VAMC. The incumbent collaborates with professional clinical program leadership for social work, psychiatry, psychology and nursing programs in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for Mental Health services at the OBVAMC. 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: Mental Health experience Program management 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 IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience. Nurse V - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN (or a Bachelor's degree in a related field) and approximately 5-6 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience. 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, 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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. 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 occasionally 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The incumbent has the supervisory responsibilities noted above, with additional responsibilities that include: Assumes accountability for administrative and clinical management, supervision, evaluation of care delivery, and education of nursing staff. Responsible for contributing to the establishment and implementation of evidenced-based treatment and standards of practice. Coordinates and collaborates with leadership and peers to ensure safe and effective coordination and transitions of care. Serves as a consultant to facility leadership and Service Chiefs on matters of inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health nursing policies, procedures, and protocols, as well as the interpretation of Service-specific VHA Directives and Handbooks. The Chief Nurse of Mental Health creates a positive work environment which enhances care delivery and professional development of clinically competent staff. Promotes, creates, demonstrates and ensures a culturally diverse workforce in which the values and needs of all individuals are respected. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: oversight of professional practice competency and standards of professionalism for all non-NP nursing staff within the Mental Health Service Line. Implements systems to ensure the competency of professional practice for all non-NP nursing staff within the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL). Provides leadership and works collaboratively with the Chief of Mental Health for recruitment of nursing staff within MHSL. The incumbent also coordinates policy implementation with other Overton Brooks VAMC program officials. S/he coordinates and reviews VA and Overton Brooks VAMC policies pertaining to the provision of Mental Health program assessment and support. Incumbent provides guidance, information and consultation in the implementation of new policies, guidelines and informational materials relating to the Mental Health Clinical programs and assures dissemination to VISN and Overton Brooks VAMC program offices. The incumbent provides oversight of mental health services to veterans and their families within the incumbent's scope of practice. This may include psychological testing, assessment, psychotherapy (individual and group), family therapy and other interventions, consultation, police evaluations (if properly trained) and other clinical interventions which are clinically privileged. The incumbent will develop, review and analyze data from both Clinical and management information systems. S/he provides the other Overton Brooks VAMC officials, and VISN leadership with information and recommendations on key issues affecting the provision of Mental Health services 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: Monday - Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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