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Job Title:  RN: Inpatient Pyschiatric Unit (IPU)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  UT-DF4111-2013-925753

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,752.00 to $92,193.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 12, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Salt Lake City, UT United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 925753

OUR MISSION: 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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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The Registered Nurse on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit manages and directs nursing care activities of male and female Veterans with a variety of mental health disorders, including, but not limited to:   mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and detoxification, psychotic disorders, cognitive disorders, brain injury, mild dementia, personality disorders and suicidal/homicidal ideation, along with any co-existing medical disorders. The nurse collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team and coordinates/facilitates care to achieve optimal patient outcomes within the therapeutic environment. The nurse will also be oriented to provide cross-coverage on the Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program.

The staff nurse on inpatient psychiatry is responsible for maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, and is directly accountable to the Nurse Manager.  

Roles and Responsibilities:

·          Good documentation and organizational skills to enable completion of work.

·          The ability to work effectively as a team member and to establish   effective communication with patients, families, visitor and               members of the interdisciplinary team.

·          The ability to lead psycho-educational and other therapeutic groups.

·          The ability to identify needs for special precautions and to manage disruptive behavior.

·          Delivers direct patient care: assesses patients physical, psychosocial and/or emotional needs (including addressing age, developmental and cultural needs), and communicates the information to the multidisciplinary team, provides assistance with activities of daily living as needed, provides patient and family teaching/education.

·          Uses CPRS/VISTA to document the nursing process including Admission, Discharge and Transfer notes, ongoing patient re-assessments, seclusion and restraint notes, suicide precaution notes, special incident reporting, vital sign reporting, etc.   Transcribes/verifies provider orders according to policy. Uses CPRS/VISTA and Outlook for timekeeping and communication.

·          Maintains compliance with information security policies and procedures.

·          Administers medications as assigned; serves as a resource person for knowledge of medication uses, side effects, and dosage; checks for proper medication order; documents medications according to policy.

·          Performs procedures within his/her scope of practice and unit-based competencies (Procedure Grid in Procedure Manual).

·          Conducts Health Education Classes, Community Meetings, and Focus Group Therapy.

·          Is proactive in identifying potential crisis situations and responds appropriately in emergency situations.

·          Acts as a preceptor/mentor to newer staff and/or students.

 Work Schedule: Full time, rotating shifts.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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).  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.   
               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)
  • 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.  
  • 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. 

Preferred Experience:

A BSN with one year of recent experience as a psychiatric RN.
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.     
Reference:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard


PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: This position involves sitting, standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, and lifting.  It requires assisting patients with activities of daily living, ambulating patients, turning or repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs/stretchers, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult-to-lift patients.  The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds, going up and down flights of stairs and walking long distances.  The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care.  The position requires the nurse to be able to perform Basic Life Support skills, skills required in the Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior to protect him/herself from physically abusive patients, and the ability to restrain and/or seclude confused or agitated patients.

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible Member 4 copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application 
checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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


PERFORMANCE BASED INTERVIEWING (PBI) may be conducted as part of the selection process. Applicants may visit in preparation for an interview.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  ·VA Form 10-2850a- Available at

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214 (Member 4 copy - required if claiming veterans preference)
   ·OF-306 (Recommended) Available at
   ·SF-50  (For current and former federal employees)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 925753.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Daniel T. Fale
Phone: (801)582-1565x1128
Agency Information:
VHA Salt Lake City HCS
Human Resources 05
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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