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Registered Nurse (Inpatient Mental Health)

VA Medical Center


Location:
North Chicago, IL
Date:
05/03/2018
2018-05-032018-06-07
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Nurse Manager
  • Infection Control
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health
  • Radiology
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
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Job Details


Summary

The Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mental Health unit carries out his/her responsibilities in a manner that provides specialized, high quality, comprehensive care to all patients. He/she applies the nursing process to individuals and groups of patients with a variety of mental health and co-existing medical/surgical including assessment of health history, review of systems and physical/psychosocial assessments utilizing established tools. The Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mental Health unit integrates biopsychosocial concepts, cognitive skills, and technically competent practice in providing care that fosters mental health rehabilitation and recovery. He/she is actively involved in the admission, treatment planning, and discharge process and is key participant in the maintenance of a safe, stable and therapeutic environment. The goals are to establish and maintain a unit atmosphere where caring for patients with psychiatric and behavioral disorders is the foremost concern. The Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mental Health unit functions in a self-directed manner as a team member, team leader or shift charge nurse as assigned or designated. The Staff Nurse, Inpatient Mental Health unit serves as an important member of the inpatient mental health multidisciplinary team. He/she supports the unit's mission and adheres to operational and organizational systems that support all aspects of patient care.

Work Schedule: Day shift (7:15 am - 3:45 pm) with rotation to include weekends and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required




Duties

Duties also included the following:
  • Systematically collects data through interview, examination, and review of records to complete the assessment forms with the FHCC's required timeframes and develops thorough and comprehensive plans of care.
  • Coordinates with staff of various departments and divisions such as radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy to arrange for patient services.
  • Recognizes escalating crisis behaviors and intervenes using PMDB techniques. Counsel patients in crisis and intervenes.
  • Promotes an environment conducive to excellence in nursing practice and patient satisfaction. Actively contributes to group activities related to patient care and staff projects. Displays a willing and positive outlook towards professional growth.
  • Implements a plan of care, evaluates and revises care plan utilizing the nursing process. Initiates and maintains accurate documentation to describe nursing interventions and patient outcomes. Documentation of nursing and clinical activities is in accordance with FHCC and unit policies and procedures.
  • Identifies and understands the importance of nursing research and its impact upon the patient care improvement process and relates the application of research-based literature to nursing interventions.







graph of estimated pay ranges
$58,975

$115,607





Job Details



Application Open Date

5/2/2018



Application Close Date

5/14/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

None




























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

    • Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

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

      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 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:
      • Have at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Bachelor's Degree in a healthcare related field.
      • Have at least 1-2 years of RN mental health and/or behavioral health nursing practice in a hospital inpatient unit.
      • Have/maintain current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)

      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.
      Reference: 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: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which include: moderate lifting,15-44 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing (1 hour/day); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2-5 hours/day); standing (2-6 hours/day); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); and prolonged siting up to 4 hours. Administrative duties include: computer key board typing, computer screen viewing, answering/placing telephone calls, and note taking. Exposure to the following environment factors can be expected: working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work (may be required to rotate to alternate shift including night tours of duty). A health examination, as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy, must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids.




  • 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 05/14/2018 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: 1


      Job Position: CAYE-10198243-18-KMM




      Duties also included the following:
      • Systematically collects data through interview, examination, and review of records to complete the assessment forms with the FHCC's required timeframes and develops thorough and comprehensive plans of care.
      • Coordinates with staff of various departments and divisions such as radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy to arrange for patient services.
      • Recognizes escalating crisis behaviors and intervenes using PMDB techniques. Counsel patients in crisis and intervenes.
      • Promotes an environment conducive to excellence in nursing practice and patient satisfaction. Actively contributes to group activities related to patient care and staff projects. Displays a willing and positive outlook towards professional growth.
      • Implements a plan of care, evaluates and revises care plan utilizing the nursing process. Initiates and maintains accurate documentation to describe nursing interventions and patient outcomes. Documentation of nursing and clinical activities is in accordance with FHCC and unit policies and procedures.
      • Identifies and understands the importance of nursing research and its impact upon the patient care improvement process and relates the application of research-based literature to nursing interventions.






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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