Nurse Manager Mental Health

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
This position will remain open until filled. Applications/CVs will be forwarded for consideration, as received. Permanent Full Time
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
NOTE: Applicant''s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
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.
Current vacancy for Nurse Manger
The incumbent assigned to the Office of Patient Care Service. The department description and patient/resident population served is as defined in applicable Scope of Service. Mental Health provides a wide array of services, including acute inpatient, residential, ambulatory care programs, addictions treatment, emergency/urgent care, and vocational rehabilitation services. These services are organized in a continuum from inpatient to outpatient care with the mission of providing an appropriate level of support and treatment to assist Veterans in recovery from mental health and addictive disorders and to maximize their overall level of function and satisfaction with life. Mental Health provides care that is patient-focused, culturally sensitive to promote recovery, services are provided in collaboration with other Service Lines and with the desires of Veterans and their families. The most common diagnoses encountered in Mental Health range from multitude of psychological illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression and other depressive disorders, substance abuse and addiction.
This position will remain open until filled. Applications/CVs will be forwarded for consideration, as received.
Must pass pre-employment examination. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Must be proficient in written and spoken English
The duties minimally include:
Having direct line authority over nursing personnel who function as primary nurses for a defined group of Veterans
Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient/resident care
Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates care based on age- and culture-specific components
Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient/resident transition through the continuum of care, patient/resident, and family education, patient/resident self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction
provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider
Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences
Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team
Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs
The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient/resident, whether an individual, family, group, or community
The RN is responsible for practicing in accordance with and adhering to the Nurse practice Act, VHA policies and procedures, and the standards of outside accrediting bodies
Overseeing elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct care
Ensuring the nursing process is applied, including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care based on age- and cultural-specific components with documentation of care completed in a timely and accurate manner
Ensuring nursing personnel are competent and trained and consider all characteristics of the Veteran, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous life and healthcare experiences
Overseeing the technical and professional components of care delivery, including administration of medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines
Planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, setting priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work Assigning work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of subordinates
Evaluating the performance of subordinates
Making recommendations for appointments, advancements, or reassignments of subordinates
Giving advice, counsel, or instruction to subordinate personnel on work and administrative matters
Hearing and resolving complaints of subordinates and referring more serious complaints not resolved to higher level supervisors Recommending and/or taking disciplinary action where appropriate Identifying developmental and training needs of subordinates and providing or making provision for such development and training
Work Schedule: Regular work schedule is M-F 8-4:30.
This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital.The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds.Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments.
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. 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)
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
Supervisory: Nurse Manager will have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in nursing or in a related field with a Master's Degree preferred. Board certification from a VA-approved certifying body preferred.Designated first-line supervisory authority, responsibility, and accountability for the 24/7 operations of his/her units, ensuring that subordinate personnel provide timely nursing care that complies with generally accepted standards of clinical practice.This includes the authority to accept, amend, or reject the work of subordinates.
Preferred Experience:
Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field.
Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
The criteria are as follows:
Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Physical Requirements:
This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring residents and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected residents and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to residents who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs. The work may be more physically demanding when providing direct resident care coverage, requiring up to 12 hours of direct resident care activities. Position may require walking upto 1 hour a day standing up to 2 hours a day, frequent moderate lifting over 45 lbs. reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distingiush shades of colors. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Veterans'' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled Veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Other (10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations REQUIRED)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required).
Please use this _checklist_to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1167782.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at . This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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