This Nurse Practitioner for Mental Health Intensive Care Management position is located in the Mental Health Service at the Springfield location. This position is a Full-Time at 40 hours per week. Incumbent will be expected to travel at least 76% of the time. The Nurse Practitioner assesses, diagnoses, plans, prescribes, intervenes, evaluates and delivers or participates in the delivery of health care to Veterans. This scope includes mechanisms of collaboration including record reviews, referrals, consultations and patient coverage. The Nurse Practitioner holds a current license to practice, is prepared for advanced nursing practice by virtue of knowledge and skills obtained through a post-basic or advanced education program of study acceptable to the State Board of Nurse Examiners. The Nurse Practitioners prepared to practice in an expanded role to provide health care to individuals, families, and or groups in a variety of settings. The Nurse Practitioners acts in collaboration with other health care professionals to deliver health care services. The Nurse Practitioners are uniquely qualified to resolve unmet needs in primary health care by serving as an individual's point of first contact with the health care system. This contact provides a personalized, Patient- Centered comprehensive continuum of care and integrates all other aspects of health care over a period of time. The focus of care is on health surveillance (promotion and maintenance of wellness), but also provides for management of acute and chronic illness in order to maintain continuity. Duties include, but are not limited to: Acts as the primary clinician for patient in the Mental Health clinic settings; entering orders and other documentation for Veterans; entering orders for specialized diagnostic studies; evaluating results of diagnostic studies and consultations; and initiating appropriate follow up. Obtain a relevant health and medical history, completes documentation in the Veteran's record. Performs comprehensive physical examination, based on age and history. Performs psychiatric evaluation with assessment of potential for suicidal or homicidal ideation as needed. Acting as the primary clinician for on-going treatment of Veterans. Conducts preventative screening procedures based on age and history (including all mandated screening); educating Veterans regarding preventative health care. Identifies medical and health risks and needs assessment; screening Veterans to determine their need for further care. Initiates medical/surgical or appropriate referrals and consultations in accordance with specified protocols. Formulates appropriate differential diagnosis based on history, physical examination and clinical findings. Identifies needs of the individual, family or community, based on evaluation of the data collected. Identifies, implements and evaluates appropriate plan of care, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Conducts medical history to facilitate prescription of psychotropic medications. Provides relevant Veteran and family education. Refers to other health professionals and community agencies. Enters orders for Veterans including but not limited to: diagnostic studies, consultations, medications and supplies. When indicated obtains informed consent for procedures, transfers or opioid contracts. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PDF2361 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients 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 patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. 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
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.