Following is a list of required skills and knowledge:
a. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is required. Masters degree is preferred.
b. Applicant must demonstrate practice skills in managing complex emergencies with a strong background in managing patients with cardiac, endocrine and respiratory problems.
c. Applicant must demonstrate nursing practice characterized by interventions that promote mental health, assess dysfunction, assist patients to regain or improve their coping abilities, maximize strengths, and prevent further deterioration.
d. Applicant must have the demonstrated ability to utilize the nursing process in managing acute patient care.
e. Applicant must have the demonstrated skill in collaborating with other team members to include technical and professional staff across the care continuum.
f. Skills must include the ability to conduct a nursing assessment for medical-surgical and psychiatric triage and performing psychiatric nursing intake assessments and evaluations, monitoring patients and assisting them with acute care activities, administering and monitoring biopsychosocial treatment regimens, health teaching, counseling and crisis care.
g. Applicant must be highly effective in providing educational instruction to patients and their family members.
h. Applicant must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, dependability, motivation and commitment to the mission of the VA and Mental Health.
i. Applicant must be proficient in the use of a computerized patient record system.
j. Applicant must have the physical capabilities to initiate crisis intervention measures along with the ability and willingness to accomplish satisfactory training and performance in nursing care emergencies.
k. Applicant must complete 12 hours (minimum) of Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior training with recertification and have the ability to execute the skills learned.
l. Applicant must assist with maintaining a therapeutic environment.
m. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to manage program resources to facilitate safe, effective and efficient care.
n. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to develop unit-based standards of practice, track individual quality-of-care issues, and conduct regular patient care reviews to identify problems, implement corrective action, and maintain compliance with requirements of the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies.
The Nurse Manager will participate on various mental health service committees/councils to support shared governance and the Magnet process for nursing excellence.
Current BCLS is required. Certification in the specialty is preferred. Applicant must be willing to become certified within the first two years of employment.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
This position requires a BSN with a Masters degree in Nursing or a Masters degree in a related field preferred.
Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO (VA credentials databank) if selected.
FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL, SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE CREDENTIALING PROCESS AND RECEIPTOF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITITES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATABANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.