Registered Nurse

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Butler, PA

Posted Date 2/14/2020
Description The Abie Abraham VA Medical Center in Butler PA is currently recruiting for a Registered Nurse to serve as a Reach Veterans Coordinator, as part of its Suicide Prevention Program within Behavioral Health Services.The Reach Vet Coordinator (RVC) manages the Reach Vet Program in Behavioral Health (BH). This involves working closely with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator. The RVC provides training and support on Suicide Prevention to all mental health and medical staff to ensure understanding of the rationale and utility behind REACH VET. The RVC communicates with other VA and community sites to coordination transition of care. The RVC coordinates care from inpatient to outpatient settings. Responsible for oversight of the REACHVET program by ensuring the providers complete the necessary tasks of: reviewing treatment; considering care enhancement and/or improvement strategies; completion of safety plans; and outreaching to the Veteran. The RVC also spends a percentage of time supporting Center for BH clinic (CBH) by assisting with injections, triaging walk in Veterans, and coordinating inpatient hospitalizations. The RVC is experienced in Crisis Intervention through rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Provides consultation and education to mental and medical health staff on the rationale, utility, and steps associated with REACH VET
  • Demonstrates a close partnership by providing administrative and clinical direction to the REACH VET program in collaboration with the Service Line supervisors, mental health leadership, and/or providers.
  • Participate in the national conference calls.
  • Collaborates and identifies programs and disciplines where there may be the need for outreach and/or education.
  • Organize the implementation and operations of the REACH VET program.
  • Monitors local facility progress of meeting the ≥90% completion of both coordinator and provider tasks, within two weeks of the dashboard update.- Access the REACH VET dashboard monthly to receive names of newly identified Veterans.
  • Ensure ≥90% of notifications are made with-in 7 days of the release of REACH VET update to the dashboard. Alert the appropriate providers subsequent to medical record review and clinical judgement (MH Providers will be prioritized over PC Providers). In the event that no MH Provider exists, if enrolled into PC, Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) providers may be outreached for follow-up.
  • Provides guidance for access and understanding of the REACH VET dashboard, for review of patient risk variables.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00-4:30
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredImportant Notice: In addition to the bulleted items below, all current and prior federal employees (to include current facility employees) must submit their most recent SF-50 clearly displaying the Job Series, Grade and Step. Failure to submit this document will constitute the application being categorized as incomplete and therefore ineligible for referral.

To apply for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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: Community based and/or Mental Health treatment
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: Moderate lifting and carrying 15-44 lbs., hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others.

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted.
Influenza Requirements: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

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