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Job Title:Nurse Manager - Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-12-EGB-654688

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 30, 2012 to Monday, May 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Dallas, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 654688

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 North Texas Health Care System is the third busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 500,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 7th largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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 Applications are being accepted for a full-time Nurse Manager in the Mental Health Service on our Inpatient Mental Health Unit in Dallas. The Nurse Manager assumes twenty-four hour accountability for the administration and evaluation of patient care delivery in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit with emphasis on program operation and management of human resources within the service unit. Generally, the tour of duty is Monday through Friday on the day shift.

 

 

***RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED***

 

The applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Applicant must meet established criteria to receive award.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 Master’s degree in Nursing or a Master’s 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.

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.

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 .



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf 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 and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: T654688.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 14, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at   http://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Copy of transcripts required.
  7. Copy of licensure required.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Email: NTXHRMSEMPLOYMENTOFFICE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Human Resources Mgmt
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX
75216

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

AH-12-EGB-654688

Control Number:

315536100