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Job Title: Staff Nurse (Mental Health- Outpatient)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Long Beach, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/10/2017
Expire Date: 01/09/2018
Job Categories: Education and Library, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Staff Nurse (Mental Health- Outpatient)

This position is located at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. The incumbent serves as a Registered Nurse (Psychiatric/Mental Health)in the Outpatient Mental Health(MH) Clinic/ MH Integrated Care Clinics will provide comprehensive coordination of care to Veterans see utilizing specialized nursing skills and knowledge in a relatively independent fashion in providing collaborative and consultative care, patient and family education, outreach, follow-up, intake, program coordination and evaluation, and other activities appropriate to care coordination for their patient population.

RNs in Outpatient Mental Health Nursing provide comprehensive mental health assessment and treatment to veterans who have psychiatric, behavioral and/or substance use disorders. The RN assessment includes immediate safety issues, referral to appropriate programs and veteran response to previously provided care. Assessment includes suicide risk, along with development of suicide safety plans. Outpatient Mental Health RNs are instrumental in care planning, care delivery and discharge planning and ensuring the 7 day post hospital follow up visit. Outpatient Mental Health RNs recognize the signs of potential or active disruptive behavior and apply a high level of skill in containing this behavior. Outpatient Mental Health RNs apply their knowledge of medical illness and its potential impact on mental status when conducting their assessments. Treatment modalities include individual sessions, medication administration and psycho-educational group sessions with patients.

RN Care Managers in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) program are Mental Health Care Managers in an emerging role that is a co-located, collaborative care manager which works at the interface between primary care and mental health care in a blended, integrated care model. The PCMHI Care Manager functions as a case manager, consultant, therapist and educator while providing integrated Mental Health care to outpatients in Primary Care. Care management assures adequate identification and treatment of many mental illnesses. The Care Manager provides education and brief interventions to patients, assures longitudinal follow-up, and assesses response to and side-effects from treatment. The assessment and collaborative care provided by this professional nurse is performed primarily to improve the recognition, treatment and management of psychosocial/behavioral problems and deliver brief, consultative based services.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

We are a 24/7 medical center with various tours of duty and incumbent may be required to work off tours, nights, holidays and/or weekends to meet the mission of caring for the Veterans

Basic Requirements:

    • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
                  • English language proficiency
                  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
                  • Registration - Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
                  • Educational requirements can be met as follows:
                      • (1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR

                        (2) 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. OR

                        (3) 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.

                        The following requirements are preferred for this position:

                        • At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment - Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).
                        • One year (or more) working experience as a mental health registered nurse.
                        • Nationally recognized certification.
                        • Applicants who are new graduates may apply to the new graduate program, when available on www.USAjobs.gov.

                        References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

                        Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by aProfessional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

                        BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

                        • U.S. citizenship
                        • English language proficiency
                        • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
                        • Registration - Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
                        • Educational requirements can be met as follows:

                        (1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR

                        (2) 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. OR

                        (3) 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.

                        The following requirements are preferred for this position:

                        • At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment - Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).
                        • One year (or more) working experience as a mental health registered nurse.
                        • Nationally recognized certification.
                        • Applicants who are new graduates may apply to the new graduate program, when available on www.USAjobs.gov.

                        References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

                        Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by aProfessional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

                        PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light Lifting, under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, pulling hand over hand 1.5 hours (varies), pushing, 1 hour (varies), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (12 hours-varies), Standing (12 hours-varies), repeated bending (4 hours varies), climbing, legs only (.2 hours-varies), both legs required (prosthetics OK), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 12" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, must have good vision in one eye. Hearing (aid permitted).

                        Reference: This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

        PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light Lifting, under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, pulling hand over hand 1.5 hours (varies), pushing, 1 hour (varies), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (12 hours-varies), Standing (12 hours-varies), repeated bending (4 hours varies), climbing, legs only (.2 hours-varies), both legs required (prosthetics OK), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 12" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, must have good vision in one eye. Hearing (aid permitted).


        All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
        *OF-306
        *Resume

        Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


        *Cover Letter
        *DD-214
        *Other(10-2850a)
        *Other Veterans Document
        *SF-15
        *SF-50
        *Transcript

        Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

        Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

        Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2022745.

        NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
        Qualifications & Requirements

        Basic Requirements:

          • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
                        • English language proficiency
                        • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
                        • Registration ? Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
                        • Educational requirements can be met as follows:
                            • (1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR

                              (2) 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. OR

                              (3) 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.

                              The following requirements are preferred for this position:

                              • At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment ? Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).
                              • One year (or more) working experience as a mental health registered nurse.
                              • Nationally recognized certification.
                              • Applicants who are new graduates may apply to the new graduate program, when available on www.USAjobs.gov.

                              References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

                              Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by aProfessional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

                              BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

                              • U.S. citizenship
                              • English language proficiency
                              • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
                              • Registration ? Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The RN must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
                              • Educational requirements can be met as follows:

                              (1) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed: a) The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR

                              (2) 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. OR

                              (3) 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.

                              The following requirements are preferred for this position:

                              • At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment ? Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).
                              • One year (or more) working experience as a mental health registered nurse.
                              • Nationally recognized certification.
                              • Applicants who are new graduates may apply to the new graduate program, when available on www.USAjobs.gov.

                              References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2009.

                              Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by aProfessional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

                              PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light Lifting, under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, pulling hand over hand 1.5 hours (varies), pushing, 1 hour (varies), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (12 hours-varies), Standing (12 hours-varies), repeated bending (4 hours varies), climbing, legs only (.2 hours-varies), both legs required (prosthetics OK), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 12" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, must have good vision in one eye. Hearing (aid permitted).

                              Reference: This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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