Nurse Practitioner (Outpatient Mental Health Walk-in Prescriber)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Leeds, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 657250600
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 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Nurse Practitioners A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.] Preferred Experience: None above the standard qualifications. 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. 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 Nurse Practitioner position is located in the Mental Health Service at the Leeds, MA location. This position is full time at 40 per week. This job is also being posted as a Physician (Psychiatrist) (Outpatient Mental Health Walk-in Prescriber): CBTD-11515687-22-MK Duties include but are not limited to: Providing mental health evaluation, psychopharmacology and brief motivational treatments to Veterans served in Outpatient and Consultation settings Providing curbside consultation to non-mental health clinicians; providing medical and diagnostic expertise and support as needed Implementing and improving Emergency procedures (i.e. suicidal patients) Providing group and individual supervision to support and educate staff and assigned trainees Collaborating in performing program evaluations and analysis for quality management Bearing overall responsibility for the MH treatment of the patient: evaluating and providing optimal treatment, referring to other providers, coordinating with other providers seeing the same patient, seeking consultation when necessary, and approaching treatment within the entire context of available services at this VAMC and other facilities. Working effectively with colleagues within our interdisciplinary care system (both within and outside of the MHSL) Involving supervisors, Quality Management, VA Police, and Hospital Administration when appropriate, using appropriate protection of patient information. Contributing to an effective quality management system which includes process improvement, innovative system redesign, self-assessment and peer review As an expert in communication, arranging to be as available as possible to patients, colleagues, and other staff by keeping contact and schedule information of all kinds updated and fully available. Contributing consistently to evidence-based public health interventions such as screening and follow-up of medical and mental health conditions Participating in our academic mission, including participation in Grand Rounds, teaching of medical students and psychiatry residents. Being familiar with Medical Staff Rules & Regulations, Hospital Bylaws, Medical Center, MH, and Psychiatry memos, and state law applicable to MH duties. Nurse Practitioners practice autonomously with opportunity for consultation whenever needed. The department promotes opportunities for teaching and supervision. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.\nCompressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized\nTelework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized\nRelocation or Travel Incentives: Authorized\nRecruitment Incentives: Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required\nPromotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the next level or grade level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the higher level. Notifications: This position is a Bargaining Unit position. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments based on the candidate's education and experience. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy."]
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