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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (External)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Houston, TX
Date:
03/30/2018
2018-03-302018-05-06
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Job Details


Summary

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?




Duties

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides direct clinical services at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center for the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL). The psychiatric NP works within the Mental Health Care Line primarily in the General Mental Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic, providing specialty mental health services to the Veterans in the Houston and surrounding areas. The psychiatric NP will adhere to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice and demonstrate leadership when providing nursing care. The psychiatric NP's duties include the following but are not limited to:

  • Provide mental health specialty care to adults in the General Mental Health Clinic which includes psychiatric screening /evaluation, completing a full psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, psychiatric medication management, counseling/education and coordination of the veteran's overall mental health care and treatment for a diagnostically diverse population.
  • Management of patient care with and prescription of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
  • Routinely collaborates with supervising physician and members of the inter-professional care team to assure patient data is shared with appropriate staff.
  • Order, interpreting and performing interventions based on diagnostic studies including certain radiology and laboratory studies.
  • Collaborate with members on the multidisciplinary team related to coordinating the patient's mental health care and treatment planning.
  • Collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; and providing a full range of care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.
  • Communicate with patients, families, caregivers, and other disciplines to identify, analyze, and resolve problems affecting patient care.
  • Perform ongoing review and data collection from the electronic medical record to assess compliance with quality care performance measures.
  • Possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.


Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm or Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 5:30 pm (may be required to work weekends, evenings, or irregular tours of duty).






graph of estimated pay ranges
$81,536

$148,936





Job Details



Application Open Date

3/30/2018



Application Close Date

4/12/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

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  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

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

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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.
      • 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: 2 years of experience practicing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, license with prescriptive privileges. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

      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.

      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:

      This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>50 pounds), carrying (>50 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/12/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 4


      Job Position: CBCR-10105035-18-CML




      The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides direct clinical services at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center for the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL). The psychiatric NP works within the Mental Health Care Line primarily in the General Mental Health Clinic, an outpatient clinic, providing specialty mental health services to the Veterans in the Houston and surrounding areas. The psychiatric NP will adhere to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice and demonstrate leadership when providing nursing care. The psychiatric NP's duties include the following but are not limited to:

      • Provide mental health specialty care to adults in the General Mental Health Clinic which includes psychiatric screening /evaluation, completing a full psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, psychiatric medication management, counseling/education and coordination of the veteran's overall mental health care and treatment for a diagnostically diverse population.
      • Management of patient care with and prescription of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
      • Routinely collaborates with supervising physician and members of the inter-professional care team to assure patient data is shared with appropriate staff.
      • Order, interpreting and performing interventions based on diagnostic studies including certain radiology and laboratory studies.
      • Collaborate with members on the multidisciplinary team related to coordinating the patient's mental health care and treatment planning.
      • Collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; and providing a full range of care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.
      • Communicate with patients, families, caregivers, and other disciplines to identify, analyze, and resolve problems affecting patient care.
      • Perform ongoing review and data collection from the electronic medical record to assess compliance with quality care performance measures.
      • Possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.


      Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm or Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 5:30 pm (may be required to work weekends, evenings, or irregular tours of duty).





Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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