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Registered Nurse - Primary Care Mental Health Integration
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 701817000
The Primary Care Mental Health Integrated (PCMHI) Registered Nurse assists in the delivery of evidence based care for primary care patients identified with a variety of emotional and psychiatric problems. Incumbent will be responsible for monitoring patients, providing education and support, influencing adherence to guidelines by providing "on-time, on-target" information to primary care physicians, and collaboratively making appropriate care decisions. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. 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 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. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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. Preferred Experience: Mental Health experience is preferred. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds); heavy carrying(up to 50 pounds); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours);reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/workgroup level to improve care. Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care. Demonstrates proficiencies in collecting patient data by interview, examination and review of records systematically; completes the assessment form including bio/psycho/social, physical, learning, and discharge needs within the required time frame and develops a nursing care plan. Integrates biopsychosocial concepts, cognitive skills, cultural, spiritual and age-specific patient characteristics to provide holistic care. Applies advanced knowledge and specialized skills in delivery of care to patients with a variety of simple and complex care needs. Delegates assignments consistent with personnel's abilities and patient needs. Established work priorities to accomplish patient care activities for the whole team. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient population in accordance with the area assignment, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs and to provide the care needed. Verifies and carries out physician's orders correctly. Demonstrates proficiency in advanced and highly technical skills necessary for the care of patients. Uses sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting and evaluating patient care. Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues. Serves as an advocate by assisting patients and families in developing skills for self-advocacy. Facilitates autonomous decision-making by patients. Serves as a resource to patients, families, and other staff on ethical issues arise. Seeks support for resolving ethical issues. Maintains professional boundaries (i.e. staff-patient, staff-family, and/or staff-staff). Demonstrates awareness of professional ethical codes and of policies regarding ethical issues. Reports illegal, incompetent, unethical, or impaired practices May perform other duties as required. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.