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RN (Inpatient Mental Health 3L)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Jackson
Posted on: April 17, 2019

Job Description:

The Registered Nurse will provide safe, basic care at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical, including but not limited to the following duties:



  • Adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice
  • Demonstrates leadership when providing nursing care
  • Serves as a role model when assigned as team leader or charge nurse under the supervision of the Head Nurse or designee.
  • Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care.
  • Demonstrates leadership by involving other in improving care.
  • Supports and enhances client self-determination.
  • Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.
  • Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action.
  • Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice.
  • Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.
  • Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes.
  • Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice


    Work Schedule: 3:30 pm to 12:00 midnight to include weekends and holidays. This may change at the discretion of the agency.

    Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse/000000

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized--This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/22/2019.

    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 in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


      Preferred Experience:



      • 1-2 years Mental/Behavioral Health Nursing experience
      • Strong customer service and communication skills
      • BLS Certification


        Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:



        • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
        • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
        • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
        • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and 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 - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN 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: 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. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated material and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. 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.

          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.

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