The Acute Recovery Center (ARC) inpatient psychiatric unit is a 40 bed unit divided into ARC I and ARC II. The ARC treats veterans with a wide assortment of acute psychiatric illnesses. These may include dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, suicide ideation and/or attempt, alcohol and substance abuse/detoxification among others. The RN is also responsible for overseeing both LPNs and CNAs in the care of our veterans. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of critical hiring shortages, anticipating the receipt of a wider applicant pool. Applicants whom meet basic qualifications, grade requirements and submit a complete application will be sent to hiring manager every 15 days until a selection are made. NOTE: Announcement will remain open until no longer needed but no later than November 8, 2021. As a Staff Nurse, primary duties include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. The duties of the Mental Health Nurse consist of but is not limited to the following: Responsible for the delivery of quality nursing care including: documenting observations, patient assessments, nursing care for the veterans with acute and chronic mental illnesses. Must fully participate in all 3 Parts of Preventive Management of Disruptive Behavior requirements (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) and respond to other areas of the hospital that require PMDB-related intervention, including therapeutic. Possess the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary mental health team setting. Identify, assess need for care; plan appropriate interventions; provide supportive therapy for identified case load; educate and counsel patients and families about diagnoses, treatment plans, and preventive measures. Utilized the substance abuse detox protocol as needed. Responsibility to oversee psychiatric nursing assistants (PNA). Maintain responsibility for quality patient care; demonstrate willingness to support change for improvement of patient care and unit operation. Assess client's health status by gathering information and identify client's actual and potential problems; maintain ongoing assessment of client's status based on information gathered by interviewing and observation. Develop a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients to coordinate psychosocial treatment with standardized physical nursing care and guidance. Develop care plans using assessment data that integrates medical and nursing therapies including input from client's family and other health care team members. Collaborate with other health care team members in delivery of health care services according to established standards and patient care principles. Involve client's family and other health care team members in discharge planning. Monitor client behavior to intervene when appropriate; monitor clients for critical changes and initiates appropriate emergency procedures. Maintain a safe environment for clients and strive to meet their maximum security and comfort needs. Provide effective management of crisis in disturbed clients in emergency situations. Promote, participate and evaluate patient/family health education. Contribute to the learning experiences of students. Participate in education and direction of nursing personnel. Educate clients in a variety of prevention, health promotion and maintenance interventions. Assist medical providers and pharmacist with evaluating medication compliance and knowledge of the clients' prescribed medications. Conduct other group therapy and/or education sessions as assigned. Visual rounding on patients every 15 minutes for all patients. Effectively functions independently as the Charge Nurse in an assignment managing the care of a group of patients and caregivers. Display strong interpersonal skills when interacting with all members of the Mental Health interdisciplinary team, including fellow nurses, Psychiatric Nursing Assistants, clerical staff, nurse managers and chief nurse, and providers. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual influenza vaccination documentation, annual tuberculosis screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Work Schedule: Variable -tours of duty includes weekend rotations, day, evening and/or night tour depending on organizational needs (position requires flexibility in schedule) 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.