Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Addiction and General Mental Health Programs)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Internal Number: 617377300
The incumbent practices as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) within the Mental Health service primarily located within the Social and Behavioral Health Service and, occasionally the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program, Tele-mental Health services, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics within the state of Alaska. As a member of an assigned interdisciplinary team or Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), the incumbent will be responsible for providing psychiatric-mental health care to outpatient and inpatient Veterans with chronic or acute mental illness including addictions, changes in mental status, and/or functional decline within the Alaska VA Healthcare System. Duties include but are not limited: Utilizing interpersonal and clinical skills to provide direct mental health services to Veterans for 80% of total available clinic time or 32 hours per week. Conducting history and mental health status exams on assigned patients with physical exams being completed when clinically indicated. Completing intake assessments and formulating diagnoses. Developing, documenting, and updating treatment plans with VHA guidelines and accreditation standards. Presenting treatment plans to interdisciplinary treatment teams. Ordering all necessary diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, including laboratory and radiological assessments. Prescribing medications and supplies in accordance with VHA policy, VA formulary guidelines, state regulations, and scope of practice. Initiating and processing consults. Making appropriate referrals for continuation of care and treatment. Providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan. Accurate, effective, and timely documentation of patient encounters within VHA guidelines. Completing due clinical reminders with Veterans during scheduled appointments. Seeking consultation with physician for out of scope of practice cases. Formulating, initiating, and evaluating health care teaching related to patients and their families. Acting as a consultant for nursing, medical, and other clinical staff. Placing return to clinic orders for patients for follow-up care. Completing and closing patient encounters within VHA guidelines. Preparing for scheduled patient encounters. Participating within the MH and S&BHS services to include attending S&BHS staff trainings, Monday Huddles, and MH/S&BHS Monthly Meetings. Participating in assigned VISN and National level calls or trainings. Participating in developing and implementing service level improvement plans and projects such as completing tracers, performing Environment of Care (EOC) rounds, and accreditation readiness. Participating in professional and administrative activities as assigned. Remaining current on service Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Medical Center Policies (MCPs), VHA directives, VHA handbooks, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), and accreditation standards. This vacancy may be filled by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner and is subject to close when a selection has been made from any of these vacancy announcements. Interested Physicians, please apply to Job Announcement Number: CBSV-11256065-22-GM. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized 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
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.