Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Burlington Clinic) in Burlington, Iowa
Summary RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY APPLY FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is assigned to the Burlington Community Based Outpatient Clinic, in the Mental Health Service Line. This is an open and continuous announcement. Applications will be referred every 2 weeks until position is filled or announcement closes, whichever occurs first. Responsibilities Ancillary professional collaboration is mediated by VA staff physicians as delegated by the Mental Health Service Line Director. Clinical assignment, review, and monitoring of activities will be supervised by the Psychiatry Clinical Director. Common duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following: Obtain a comprehensive (or otherwise appropriate) general and mental health history on patients seen in assigned clinical areas. Performs problem focused physical examination on patients seen in assigned areas as clinically indicated. Order lab work, x-rays, diagnostic studies and make referrals as indicated for further assessment. Interpret the clinical history, physical and mental symptoms and test results, employing a comprehensive clinical assessment to formalize a diagnosis. Make sound clinical judgments based on this evaluation and formulates an individual treatment plan based on patient needs. Evaluate health outcomes and implement a revised assessment and plan if indicated. Collaborate with staff physician for confirmation of diagnosis and treatment plan in complex or unstable patient care situations. Refer medical problems beyond the scope of the nurse practitioner to the physician for evaluation. Disagreements between nurse practitioner and physician will be resolved by the Director for the Mental Health Service Line. Documents all notes for permanent chart record on all patients seen. Assess and manage minor or stable chronic physical and/or psychiatric problems. Prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner falls within the nurse practitioner's scope of practice. Confer with a collaborating physician prior to obtaining consultation with other subspecialty services in medical, surgical or primary care services. Accept phone calls from patients, family members, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) staff, and other outside professionals regarding patient status and/or questions regarding their care. Confer with physician when necessary. Patient care functions may include dispensing medications and administering IM medications. Carry out activities as part of a preventive health care program; utilize screening methods to determine the need for further health care. Provide health care education and counseling for the patient and patient's family regarding medical conditions, health status, and the use of prescribed treatment and drugs. Recommend therapy measures regarding physical, social and environmental factors. Performs health promotion and illness prevention counseling utilizing patient education, self-care and risk reduction strategies. Demonstrates compliance with policies and procedures related to blood born pathogens. Utilizes precautions. Self-evaluation of practice every twelve months. Periodic review of the medical record by the Chief, Outpatient Psychiatry or designee. Peer review may be utilized as an evaluation component. Sensitive information (electronic, written or oral) obtained in connection with employment whether involving patients, employees, medical center or VA information will not be discussed with anyone (unless a patient release is signed or at the direction of the medical center director.) and only with VA employees on a "need to know" basis. This includes protection of information from loss, alteration, unauthorized deletion, and unauthorized access. Additional Clinical duties as delegated. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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 practitioner in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Nurse Practitioners: A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected]. Preferred Experience: Experience with Veteran care. Suboxone prescribing preferred, but not required. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse II for NP - Master's degree in nursing or related field with approximately 1-2 year's 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 for NP - Master's degree in nursing and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. 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. Physical Requirements: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of the position. This includes: Walking (up to 2 hours); standing (up to 2 hours); Light and moderate lifting (up to 44 lbs.) light to moderate carrying (up to 44 lbs); straight pulling and pushing, reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted). Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. All providers must maintain current BLS certification, and ACLS certification if indicated per medical center policies. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.