Registered Nurse - Primary Care Mental Health Initiative
Department of Veteran Affairs - Lakewood, WA

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The nursepractices as the Intake and Triage Nurse in the Primary Care Mental Health Initiative (PCMHI)clinic. The nurse will provide assessment and intervention services for patients enrolled in the PCMHI program. Patient populations include Veterans who present with the full range of DSM-IV mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. Patients are likely to present with co-morbid medical conditions, functional decline and unstable living conditions. The RN functions as part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

He/she performs the following primary duties:
(1) conducts mental health screening evaluations by telephone for newly referred patients,
(2) contacts patients who miss scheduled visits to assess mental health status and risk for sucidality,
(3) runs medication clinics collaboratively with psychiatrists,
(4) assists the medical team (psychiatrists and pharmacist) in assessing and managing medication side effects, medication non-compliance, and responding to requests for medication refills, and
(5) conducts screening and triage of patients who walk in to the PCMHI clinic. The nurse is also accountable for specific nursing duties such as vital signs and participating in groups as assigned.
Based on education/experience, the nurse may be assigned responsibility as a preceptor to staff/trainee or charge nurse. BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. 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)
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.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 2 yearssuccessful nursing practice in a Mental Health setting
Preferred Experience:
  • Masters degree in Nursing or Masters in related field
  • Experience with acute mentally ill patients
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

The criteria are as follows:
Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Physical Requirements: This position involves considerable amount of standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 6 hours), stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheelchairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 45 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual (corrected to 20/30 or better with color discrimination) and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position. The nurse may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders. The nurse many 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 must possess sound and logical clinical judgment. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Other(VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists)
  • ResumeApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other Veterans Document
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf ) (required) . This form must be signed on pages 3 & 4. If you are unable to upload the documents, please follow the directions below for faxing supporting documents.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1055643.
Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 06, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144 . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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