RN - Chief, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
Department of Veterans Affairs - Bonham, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 636379

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

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U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Domiciliary Chief position in the Mental Health Service working in Bonham’s Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP). The DRRTP is a 224-bed biopsychosocial, residential program for homeless Veterans with the potential for rehabilitation. Veterans served typically have multiple areas of need (medical, psychiatric, vocational, and educational, etc.). Emphasis of the program is on the acquisition of skills, knowledge, attitudes, and habits that will foster successful community re-entry.

The Chief of the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), assigned in Bonham has sole administrative responsibility for the clinical and rehabilitation treatment program for a specialized population of homeless veterans with mental illness and addictions. The Chief manages the daily operation of the program: planning, implementing, evaluating and supervising a dynamic program of treatment and rehabilitation. The successful candidate (or designee) must be on call by telephone or pager at all times. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating the 24 hour-7 day per week care provided, and the professional services with the objective of delivering comprehensive and consistent treatment to all residents requiring widely varying degrees of rehabilitation and/or restorative services. The Chief develops policies and procedures, treatment program manuals, and ensures full compliance with VA, CARF and JC standards required to maintain full accreditation. The Chief manages the program budget for program needs as well as the Incentive Therapy work program for the rehabilitation residents. The Chief has direct supervisory responsibility for all staff assigned to the program.

The position primarily serves on the day shift. The work week is Monday through Friday. There is an expectation that the Chief will be available during the off tours as urgent or emergent needs call for their involvement (on-call).


The following is a list of skills and characteristics that will be required and / or expected if assigned to this role:

Following is a list of required skills and knowledge:
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is preferred.

A minimum of three years experience working in a community and/or mental health setting is required. Experience working with homeless veterans and substance abuse is desired. Consideration will be given to community health and/or residential rehabilitation nursing experience.

Applicants must have effective communication skills and tact in dealing with

patients, staff and family members.

Demonstrated dependability, motivation and commitment to the elimination of homelessness for Veterans is required.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to provide educational instructions to patients, families and other nursing staff.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work with a multidisciplinary team.

Applicants must demonstrate excellent assessment skills, the ability to formulate a plan of care based on the nursing process and adhere to recovery-oriented boundaries.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to manage patients in a group setting and multitask.

Applicants must be proficient in the use of the computer and a computerized patient record system (CPRS).

Applicants must complete 8-12 hours (minimum) of Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior training annually and employ learned skills in crisis.

The applicant must have the physical capabilities to initiate and carry out crisis intervention measures along with the ability and willingness to accomplish satisfactory training and performance in nursing care emergencies.

A BSN with a Master's degree in Nursing or a related field is preferred.

Three to five years of succcessful nursing practice is preferred with 3-5 years experience of increasingly complex nursing practice. Self-direction and interest in Quality, Risk and Utilization Management activities is required. Must have knowledge of computers, software, hardware and related systems/databases. Requires a strong analytical ability, customer service and conflict resolution skills.

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). 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 . 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. 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. Education/Experience Requirements:

Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.


Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO (VA credentials databank) if selected.


Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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, thrift savings plan, 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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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