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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Durham, NC

Nurse Practitioner-Mental Health - Work From Home

Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-11-20
Direct Apply
Yes
TelecommuteYes
Valid Through2023-09-07

Job Description:

Summary The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be located at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System and will be assigned to the acute inpatient psychiatry unit and a BHIP team. This Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Responsibilities VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The NP demonstrates: Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning; Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes, Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities, Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise, Guiding, developing, and supporting staff from a leadership perspective, and using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. Clinical duties for Acute Care mental health: - The primary focus of practice is the clinical management of in-patients assigned to the acute psychiatric inpatient care teams in terms of weekend coverage, as well as working as part of a multidisciplinary team dealing with psychiatric walk-in's and emergency care patients.- Involvement with both psychiatric and medical treatment in regard to inpatient work activities.- Utilizes and promotes approved standards of care, procedures, methods, techniques, safety precautions, and protocols in their application to in-patients.- Performs inpatient H&P's, covering both psychiatric and medical elements of history and physical exam.- Collaborates with other medical center health care resources to ensure continuity of care.- Keeps abreast of the latest trends, skills, procedures, equipment and protocols relevant to the care of in-patients.- Facilitates the care of patients as well as their entry and exit from various health care systems by establishing and maintaining liaison with a variety of medical specialists and associated staff.- Writes daily progress notes on inpatients and intake notes on new outpatients.- Recording pertinent findings, impressions and plan of care in the patient's medical record for all patient encounters. This will generally be in the form of diagnostic interviews for new patients and progress notes for existing patients. Other clinical duties as assigned by the supervisor, including coverage for other psychiatric advanced practice provider clinical staff who are on leave. Administrative/Education/Research:- Promotes and participates in the delivery of patient and family health care education.- Attends conferences and committee meetings as assigned by the supervising physician.- Participates, directs, and provides opportunities for staff development through in-service education.- Facilitates responses/actions to patient inquiries regarding care and treatment received.- Assures self-development responsibilities and maintains current knowledge of trends in the management of in-patients.- Participates in clinical research programs when appropriate.- Other administrative &/or educational/research duties as assigned by the supervising physician. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts. This position is part of a team covering a 24hr/7day per week Operation. Cycle durations are subject to change with a two-week notice, due to the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the needs of the hospital. When a Federal Holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday. Staff may be required to work overtime on weekends, after hours on a duty day when necessary. Details of the shifts will be discussed at the interview. (2 weekend days per pay period is a requirement for this position) Telework: Ad-hoc may be available at the discretion of the Service Chief or equivalent Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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. Additional Requirement: Mental Health NP Training at an accredited institution Preferred Experience: At least two years of mental health care experience in an inpatient as well as outpatient setting. 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: Per VA Directive and Handbook 5019 - a physical examination will be conducted based on the physical requirements of the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. Regarding this specific RN position, the population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The 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 admissions for medical co­morbidities. 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 materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. 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. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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