A recruitment/relocation incentive is NOT authorized for this position. The function of the Registered Nurse is to provide, direct, and supervise the delivery of quality nursing care to a culturally diverse Veteran population of varying complexity in the Immediate Mental Health Access Clinic, within the Outpatient Mental Health program. The RN possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting. This broad based clinical knowledge enables the RN to effectively implement health promotion and prevention interventions, manage acute and chronic illness states, assist Veterans in the attainment of optimal levels of functioning through rehabilitation, and provide supportive measures for the dying patient and their significant others. The registered nurse possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to: - Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers, including assisting in referrals and follow-up care of new and engaged Veterans in Outpatient Mental Health, as seen in the IMHAC clinic. - Triage acute mental health patients in the Immediate Mental Health Access Clinic to determine appropriate next level of care. This includes monitoring vital signs as well as determining need for additional medical care, and seeing patient with mental health concerns in the Emergency Department - Provide cross coverage as needed in other areas of Outpatient MH, including as charge RN if necessary. - Provide training to other designated nurses in Outpatient MH so that cross coverage is available. - Maintain expertise and knowledge of a wide variety of mental health disorders, including but not limited to: depressive disorder, anxiety, substance use disorders and PTSD. - Possess knowledge of validated symptom measures to assist in initial assessment and outcome evaluation, including but not limited to the PHQ-9, C-SSRS and AUDIT-C. - Implement the plan of care, which best meets the needs of patients including carryout of standing policies. - Maintain confidentiality of patient/employee information electronically, verbally, and written. - Work and function within a safe manner including infection control and operation of equipment. - Facilitate or Co-facilitate patient education classes on pertinent subjects such as: substance abuse. - Integrate and apply pertinent aspects of the Medical Center performance improvement program into his/her professional practice. - Utilize nursing research, evidence based practice and literature in daily practice, including utilizing evidence based modalities of care when providing education to Veterans. - Provide care appropriate to the biopsychosocial needs of the population served. This knowledge includes an understanding of the changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population. He/she must be able to assess and interpret data relating to the patient's current health status, which will facilitate the delivery of care appropriate to the age specific needs of the adult and geriatric patient. - Provide culturally competent care to a diverse patient population. - Practice requirements include BLS and/or ACLS where appropriate. Work Schedule: Full time Days, Monday through Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. 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.