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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program) in Walla Walla, Washington

Summary

The Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA is currently recruiting for two intermittent Registered Nurses (RN) to serve in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP). The RN provides direct care to residents, and assists in development, implementation and evaluation of policies, procedures, and guidelines of the MHRRTP.

Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Promotes excellence in customer service and attempts to resolve issue at the unit level Receives and communicates change of shift report Delegates nursing an other duties appropriate to licensure, performance standards, grade level, and experience Completes the appropriate nursing process, following nursing standards of care for every resident in the Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program (PRRTP) Ensures documentation is accurate, complete, and timely Completes nursing admission assessments Assesses residents' ability to manage their medications and determines levels of medication management Safely inventories and administers medications using Omnicell, BCMA and CPRS according to VHA directives and local policies Administers and tracks immunizations Sets measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes with residents utilizing the Mental Health Suite Creates individualized treatment plans for SARRTP and PRRTP residents, coordinating nursing care, and identifying barriers to education Provides evidence-based practice in identifying and prioritizing residents' problems and needs, completing re-assessments, and responding to any changes Documents pertinent information including care provided, changes in condition, and response to interventions and treatments Provides resident/family education based on the identified needs Completes transfer and discharge summaries Provides education to residents regarding advance directives Monitors the therapeutic milieu, maintaining a safe respectful environment of interaction between residents of various programs Communicates and collaborates with mental health providers, medical staff, addiction therapists, social workers, other behavioral health staff members, facility personnel, VA police, and family or significant others for care coordination and safety Serves as the resident's advocate, solving problems at the lowest level, in collaboration with supervisors and other personnel Participates in process improvement Provides education on wellness, disease prevention and treatment, chronic care management, and self-management skills Provides psycho-education and direct advice regarding addiction, symptoms of depression and anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other diagnoses and problems Work Schedule: Intermittent Schedule. Shifts will vary

Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Education: Applicants must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in an MSN Bridge Program.] The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; OR The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and master's degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site. EXCEPTION (b): The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in an MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN but receive an MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a bachelor's degree is not awarded. EXCEPTION (c): 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. Registration: Must possess a 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. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the Basic Requirements, 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 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking, standing, repeated bending, hearing (aid permitted).

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

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

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