Registered Nurse (Nursing Service Behavioral Health)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Leavenworth, Kansas
Internal Number: 618143800
Leavenworth: First Area of Consideration (AOC) will be given to NFEE bargaining unit employees at Leavenworth VAMC. Second AOC will be given to EKHCS permanent employees. Third AOC will be given to the public (US citizens and nationals). Topeka: First Area of Consideration (AOC) will be given to AFGE bargaining unit employees, Topeka VAMC. Second AOC will be given to permanent employees of EKHCS. Third AOC will be given to the public (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals). This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be November 4th, 2021, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 15th of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. VA Eastern Kansas HCS is a dual campus with a VA Medical Center in Topeka and Leavenworth, KS. Positions may be filled for either campus. This announcement covers multiple units/clinics within VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System, to include: Nursing Service Behavioral Health Division: Stress Disorder Treatment Program (SDTP), Acute Psychiatry (Inpatient Mental Health), Psychiatric Recovery & Wellness Program (PRWP), Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM). Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required. The staff nurse is responsible to the Nurse Manager both clinically and administratively. The primary responsibilities of this Registered Nurse may vary by assignment. Those duties may include but not limited to: Provide population specific and age specific care for patients from young adulthood to older Veterans/groups in the senior years of life. Manage a defined but dynamic caseload of patients in collaboration with an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade. Function as team members and coordinate and provide care for a select group of patients. The requirements entail but are not limited to crisis intervention, teaching, medication management, administering medications, assessments, admissions, discharges, and follow-up care. Also collaborates with patients to assess and identify needs, issues, care goals, and resources in critical factors for achieving desired outcomes for discharge from either Mental Health (MH) or Primary Care (PC) setting, post hospital recovery and health maintenance/wellness. Additional duties include, but are not limited to: Supporting mental health Veterans for telemental health or on ground providers, using phone, face to face, and virtual contacts. Providing backup coverage for walk in behavioral health clients needing urgent assessment and working with access providers to provide disposition of urgent or emergent mental health needs. Maintains current knowledge of multidisciplinary resources, programs and services, referring patients for community resources as appropriate. Assists with the navigation of health care systems and intervenes or refers as needed to facilitate the achievement of patient outcomes. Enhances patient self-management by providing information regarding all options, choices, and resources. Supports patient-driven care in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner, using evidence-based principles. Serves as a resource and advocate in the protection of patient and family rights. · Guides others in the recognition of and participates in the resolution of ethical issues. Provides for safety of at-risk patients awaiting evaluation or admission to acute psychiatry, by ensuring 1:1 observation is maintained at all times. Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary depending on the unit and patient care needs. Work schedule will be determined upon selection. NOTE: Some units/clinics require working rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is the base-line salary for a full-time work schedule. Starting salary will be set based on locality. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required. Paid Time Off: Receive 13 to 26 days paid paid annual (vacation/personal) leave per year, 13 sick days annual with no limitation on accumulation, and 11 paid federal holidays. 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). For More Information on Benefits: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits/
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.