Registered Nurse (Inpatient Psych)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description The Registered Nurse who fills this position will work under the direct supervision of the unit Nurse Manager on an inpatient psychiatric unit within Patient Care Services. There are three units and each specializes in a particular area: Long-term care, Drug/Alcohol and Bipolar/Mood disorder, and Acute/Schizophrenia.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to utilize bar code medication administration (BCMA) for medication administration and computerized patient record system (CPRS)
- Document observations, assessments, and changes in patients' condition.
- Effectively utilize all aspects of the nursing process to provide optimal nursing care to Veterans with both chronic and acute mental health illnesses.
- Facilitate therapeutic psycho-educational groups.
- Conduct therapeutic groups.
- Collaborate with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes.
- Practice within the guidelines of the policies, procedures and standards of care/practice relative to Psychiatric Care and the Patient Care Service Line.
- Demonstrate competence in the completion of core and practice specific procedures.
- Participate in unit and hospital based quality improvement activities.
- Consistently maintain confidentiality and provides patient privacy.
- Effectively communicate with health care providers, patients and families.
- Uses sound judgment and take accountability for decisions that impact patient care and unit operations
- Utilize safe patient handling processes to ensure patient and staff safety.

Work Schedule: Rotating, including nights, weekends and holidays. 12 hour and 8 hour shifts.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
This is a bargaining unit position.
Position is not eligible for telework.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/26/2019.

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:
  • 2-3 years of RN experience
  • Mental Health experience highly preferred.
  • Strong organizational and independent judgment skills.
  • Excellent leadership and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff, patients, families, and interdisciplinary groups.

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: Heavy lifting (35 pounds and over); heavy carrying (35 pounds and over); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

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