Registered Nurse (Mental Health Clinical Resource)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Seattle, Washington
Internal Number: 657477100
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. Preferred Experience: Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2 years experience in a Mental Health setting dealing with full range DSM-IV psychiatric diagnoses National certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse 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 year's 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 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's 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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs),straight pulling (6 hrs), use of fingers, walking (6 hrs), standing (2 hrs), repeated bending (6 hrs), ability to distinguish basic colors, and hearing (aid permitted). ["Resource RN Duties will include, but are not limited to the following: Support the outpatient Mental Health, 7W inpatient acute mental health unit, and mental health residential domiciliary nursing staff in identifying education needs/requirements and providing up to date, evidence based education on medications, managing disruptive behavior, restraint/seclusion, psychiatric treatment modalities, and other topics pertinent to the mental health nursing specialty. Support the Mental Health Nurse Managers and units/clinics in reviewing their SOPs and competencies and update these based on VA, community, and evidence based standard of practices. Facility subject matter expert and resource for 7W and the inpatient units in preventing and responding to behavioral codes. This RN will be responsible for drilling the code green response team and elevate the 7W RN response, as well as collaborate closely with VA Police to ensure a cohesive team response. Consultation and support to the inpatient nursing staff on prevention and management of challenging behaviors, empowering nurses to manage these behaviors in a safe and effective way. Coverage for outpatient clinics, including triage services, covering rTMS, MHC, ATC and providing long acting injectable medications Other duties as assigned Flexible schedule and travel is required, will have to flex schedule to meet 24/7 area needs. *You will be expected to travel 30% to 50% of the time covering (Seattle, American Lake, & CBOCs).\nWork Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Compressed Work Schedule/Flexible Schedule- possible.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Approved\nTelework: Potential\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not approved\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Please contact the EDRP Coordinator, Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov for questions/assistance.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Approved\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases.\nPaid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year.\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.