The Mental Health Nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including gender and role identification, age, life stage, state of health, race, culture, socio-economic status, values and beliefs in order to assist each patient with the improvement of his/her health status to the maximum potential. He/she utilizes core elements of performance including knowledge and active participation in program level quality improvement processes, such as the customer service program. The Mental Health Nurse demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. He/she is responsible for the documented outcomes at the program or service level. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within the facility, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), or Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO). Program is defined as a sustainable coordinated group of activities impacting patients and/or employees. He/she demonstrates (a) Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning; (b) Using advanced clinical knowledge judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes, (c) Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities, (d) Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of practices and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise, (e) Guiding, developing, and supporting staff from a leadership perspective, and (f) Using professional standards of care scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. The primary purpose of the Mental Health Nurse RN position is to demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaboration strategies with others to provide comprehensive nursing care to the patients in his/her assigned area. The Mental Health RN functions independently and manages the care of a group of patients and caregivers, and collaborates with the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) in contributing to a holistic care plan. He/she tracks and communicates regularly with patients designated to be high-risk regarding their psychiatric or mental health disease management. This patient population is defined as those which certain chronic psychiatric or mental health diseases, those patients who frequently come to the clinic without making appointments, those patients who routinely seek non-urgent care in the Emergency Department, and those patients who are frequently admitted to the hospital. The Mental Health RN communicates with patients after discharge from the Emergency Department, the acute care units of the medical center, or any private sector facility to ensure prompt and effective follow-up of care in coordination with the patient's Primary Care Physician (PCP). He/she helps coordinate VA sub-specialty clinic appointments and assists patients in navigating the healthcare system. He/she communicates results or laboratory studies, radiological results, and any new plan of care under the guidance of the PCP as well as the rest of the PACT members. The Mental Health RN provides patient and family education that focuses on self-management, prevention and wellness based patient goals. He/she is self-directed in goal setting, and in the management of complex patient condition and response to treatment. The Mental Health RN initiates follow-up as needed. He/she provides care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner that is sensitive to the adult or elderly patient and family's diversity, preserving their autonomy, dignity and rights. The Mental Health Nurse RN focuses on problems, initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services as appropriate. He/she accurately documents in the medical record patient findings, assessments, and care provided. He/she assigns staff to provide care based on staff competencies and identifies priorities to ensure safe and effective patients care. He/she demonstrates and/or verbalizes correct responses to emergencies as well as initiates effective action in emergencies. The Mental Health RN demonstrates understanding of infection control precautions appropriate for the patient population. He/she participates/ leads unit-based shared governance, performance improvement and safety initiatives. He/she serves as a resource nurse for the Nurse I Level 1, Nurse I Level 2, and Nurse I Level 3 nurses. He/she pursues an education plan to maintain/improve knowledge in his/her clinical specialty in nursing. He/she participates in educational activities to improve and maintain clinical knowledge and skills and enhance role performance. The Mental Health RN leads others in the application of knowledge/skills in caring for patients. He/she assumes responsibility/accountability for evaluation of all delegated tasks and is self-directed in the identification of learning needs and development of individual performance plans. He/she initiates and utilizes positive, effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation, teamwork, and effective interaction with internal and external customers. Work Schedule: 8am-4:30am; weekend shifts may be available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599611300
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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.