The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is located in the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) as part of the Mental Health Care Line at the Nashville Campus. The BHIP team is an interdisciplinary team of social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and RNs. 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. Graduation from School of Nursing: (a) 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. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.]1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd 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; or2. 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.(b) [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 master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.(c)] In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) 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 alien's 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. NOTE: The NP must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification to continue employment with VA. A certificate of fitness for prescribing medications is required. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's 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.] PMHNP-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Certification required Required: Nurse Practitioner License and RN license is required. English Language Proficiency: Nurses 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). Preferred Experience: 1. 5 years of experience in Mental Health. 2. Experience with PTSD and Substance Abuse. 3. American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certificate (AHA-BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Grade Determinations: 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; ORa 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; ORADN 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 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. References: 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: Physical Requirements: All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing. 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. The incumbent must complete all annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB Screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting, examination, and training rooms, or libraries. The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. ["Veterans seen in BHIP have access to medication management, as well as individual and group psychotherapy. BHIP NPs can also make referrals to higher levels of care (e.g., PTSD clinic). The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner provides intensive clinical case management services to Veterans who have chronic, severe, and persistent psychiatric illnesses. The incumbent uses sound judgment in assessing patients and evaluating their care needs, forms a plan of care including prescribing and administering appropriate medications, providing individual and family counseling, providing referrals to other disciplines as needed, and acting as a liaison for patients with their other health care providers, guardians, and their families. The Psychiatric/Mental Health NP performs diagnostic examinations, and treats patients in a recovery focused interdisciplinary environment. The NP utilizes evidence based therapeutic practices and clinical practice guidelines. Tele-Mental Health will be used as appropriate based on patient needs..\nDuties include: Providing outpatient psychiatric services within the individual's scope of practice.\nAssessing patients and evaluating their care needs\n.Forming a plan of care including prescribing and administering appropriate medications, providing individual and family counseling, providing referrals to other disciplines, and acting as liaison for patients with other health care providers, guardians, and their families.\nCollaborating with the managing physician in the evaluation of patients.\nDocumenting and maintaining patient's clinical records.\nProviding direct psychiatric care to Veterans.\nProviding psychiatric consultation services, both within and external to MHCL.\nProviding psychiatric care that is consistent with all VA policies including recovery and suicide prevention.\nProviding timely treatment planning and consultation with interdisciplinary teams.\nEducating staff by direct supervision, didactic, or other teaching methods.\nParticipating in peer review, committees, and other quality management duties.\nParticipating and keeping up to date on assigned VA education programs. (NG61 pay scale)\nPMHNP-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Certification Required Work Schedule: Monday -Friday day hours, Based on needs of the service. A few weekends required per year.\nTelework: Available, must be approved by supervisor (1-2 days per week)\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nWork Schedule: Monday -Friday day hours, Based on needs of the service. A few weekends required per year.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Not required"]
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