Nurse Practitioner - General Mental Health

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/31/2020
Description OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

A Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification is required.

This Nurse Practitioner is responsible and accountable for the management of population groups or programs with the Mental Health Service or Medical Center to optimize patient care, patient safety and operational efficiency, He/she possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting to facilitate the effective care of patients. He/she is responsible for collaboration with administrative and clinical staff in actively managing and planning for actual and potential needs of patient population groups.

He/she is responsible for the development of strategies to actively manage patient care and follow up if necessary. This Case Manager will lead and organize delivery of care to assure continuity and peer accountability for practice and access to care. He/she will effectively communicate to their assigned supervising and alternate supervising physicians regarding any situation requiring implementation of service action plans for patient and program needs. He/she will collect and analyze data related to the patient population, report findings and make recommendations for improvement.

This Nurse Practitioner is responsible for direct patient care and the facilitation of the care plan within the Mental Health outpatient setting. He/she is expected to manage patient care in an astute manner which promotes positive patient outcomes. This Nurse is expected to manage patient care by promoting positive patient outcomes including the areas of ordering and interpreting tests, including diagnostic studies and procedures normally performed as part of general medical care. This Case Manager will use advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making and evaluating outcomes. He/she will function as an expert in clinical practice, systematically evaluating current practice and formulating appropriate outcomes for patient groups and/or organization processes in the outpatient mental health setting. He/she guides, develops and support staff from a leadership perspective and collaborates with other clinicians to plan, provide and evaluate care that promotes wellness and prevents disease/injury and disability. This Case Manager may be required to perform duties with a broad scope of practice and leadership responsibility.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pmA nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be in the MENTAL HEALTH specialty.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/14/2020.

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.
  • 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.
  • A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
Preferred Experience: Community experience in a recovery oriented practice serving people diagnosed with severe mental health illness.

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 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.
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: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly, age 65 and over. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population with admission for medical co-morbidities. 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. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated material and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent will 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 situation, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
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