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ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: HO-2012-SK-648583
VACANCY ID: 648583
POSITION TITLE: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health APRN-RX) AD-0610-00/00
SALARY: Currently eligible for 13.84% Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) in addition to the stated salary. COLA is subject to change without notice.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
GRADE/STEP DETERMINATION: For new appointees to the VHA, grade/step recommendation will be made by the Nurse Professional Standards Board.
NO RECRUITMENT / RELOCATION INCENTIVES AUTHORIZED.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again why applying for future vacancies.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package as explained in the required documents section on the "How to Apply" tab. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.
Possess a Masters degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE
Full-current certification as a Adult Mental Health CNS or NP
Must pass pre-employment examination
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
Background and/or Security Investigation required
Uses expert clinical judgment in the management of care to complex and specialized patient populations, resulting in a positive impact/improvement across the organization. Guides staff in the implementation of the nursing process and evaluation of patient care outcomes. Organizes care delivery in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a manner that promotes continuity and accountability for patient care. Is innovative and self-directed in developing and implementing complex and sophisticated programs for optimizing patient care and enhanced management of resources. Elicits staff and Interdisciplinary Team participation. Actively participates in the development of Service Line/Service philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures. Is responsible for assuring that unit philosophy, objectives and necessary policies and procedures are developed. Is proactive in implementing policies and procedures, including medication Administration at the unit level and monitors compliance by staff members. Initiates and implements corrective actions as indicated at the work area and service/organizational level. Initiates and leads program planning and problem identification/resolution resulting in an improvement of care at the service or organizational level. Reviews medical history, laboratory/radiological findings, medication history, and health screening. Assesses health status, illness condition, and response to illness and health risks. In psychiatry, performs crisis evaluation. Performs examinations as indicated: physical and/or psychiatric to include ordering diagnostic studies such as laboratory and radiologic tests. Diagnoses medical and/or psychiatric conditions and prescribes medications appropriate to the condition(s). Writes for consultations as indicated. .In psychiatry, provides individual and group therapy/counseling, marital therapy.
Graduation from School of Nursing
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
1 . The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33 rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153 . The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site ; or
2 . The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530 , Washington , DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site .
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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a masters degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelors Degree is not awarded.
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.
NOTE: Most individuals admitted as permanent residents or adjusting to permanent resident status as registered nurses on or after December 14, 1998 , for the purpose of working as a registered nurse, must meet the certification requirements in Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (Pub. L. 104-208, September 30, 1996 ). This certification involves a review of the aliens education, training, license(s), and experience, verification that the alien possess an acceptable level of competence in written and oral English, and a requirement that the individual has passed either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination or the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. examination, the NCLEX-RN. For additional information see Pub. L. 104-208, 63 Federal Register 55007-55012, dated October 14, 1998 , and the CGFNS web site .
Condition of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia . The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.
Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists . On and after March 17, 2009, registered nurses appointed or otherwise moving into these assignments must meet and maintain the following additional qualifications. This includes employees appointed before March 17, 2009, who obtain such qualifications on or after March 17, 2009.
Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a masters 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 specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.
Clinical Nurse Specialists. A clinical nurse specialist must possess a Masters degree from an academic program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE and maintain full and current certification as a clinical nurse specialist from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.
MUST POSSESS AND MAINTAIN BLS CERTIFICATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
Applicants must be citizens of the United States .
Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
Management retains the right to fill positions from any appropriate recruitment source such as reassignment, competitive appointment, internal promotion, transfer, reemployment, reinstatement, or demotion. The decision as to which source(s) to use concurrently, the sequence, or to change from one method to another to fill position will be made by management for each vacancy. If the vacancy is filled by promotion, processing will be accomplished in accordance with existing VA and OPM policy and procedures.
You must submit a SEPARATE application packet for each individual vacancy announcement.
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/
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