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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Description

Responsibilities

The Registered Nurse on the IPU manages and directs nursing care activities of male and female Veterans with a variety of mental health disorders, including, but not limited to: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and detoxification, psychotic disorders, cognitive disorders, brain injury, mild dementia, personality disorders, suicidal/homicidal ideation, along with co-existing medical conditions. The nurse collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team to achieve optimal patient outcome within the therapeutic environment. The nurse will also be oriented to provide cross-coverage on the Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program (SARTP).

The staff nurse on IPU is responsible for maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment on the unit and is directly accountable to the nurse manager. He/she must have the ability to:
- Work effectively as a team member and to establish effective communication with patient, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Lead psycho-educational and other therapeutic groups
- Identify need for special precautions and manage disruptive behaviors
- Document all aspects of care accurately in computerized patient record
- Manage nursing care activities in a timely manner
- Serve in the charge nurse role when fully oriented to unit

Major Duties:
- Delivers direct patient care; assesses patients physical, psychosocial and/or emotional needs (including addressing issues related to age, developmental stage and cultural needs), and communicates the information to the multidisciplinary team
- Provides assistance with activities of daily living when needed
- Provides patient and family teaching/education.
- Uses CPRS/VISTA to document the nursing process including admission, discharge and transfer notes, ongoing patient re-assessments, seclusion and restraint notes, suicide precaution notes, special incident reporting, vital signs reporting, etc. Transcribes/verifies provider orders according to policy. Uses SPRS/VISTA and Outlook for timekeeping and communication.
- Maintains compliance with information security policies and procedures.
- Administers medications as assigned. Serves as a resource for veterans to enhance their knowledge of medication uses, side effects, and dosage; RN will verify medication order and document medications according to policy.
- Performs procedures within his/her scope of practice and unit-based competencies (procedure grid in procedure manual).
- Conducts health education classes, community meetings and focus group therapy.
- Is proactive in identifying potential crisis situations and responds appropriately in emergency situations.
- Acts as a preceptor/mentor to new staff and/or students.
- Functions competently as a team leader or charge nurse, makes staff assignments to ensure nursing care is delivered safely and that all the patients on the unit are receiving appropriate care; ensures adequate staffing for the current shift as well as upcoming shirts; collaborates with providers, the Access Crisis Team (ACT), and with other areas of the hospital to coordinate patient admissions transfers and discharges; completing required documentation and shift reports.

Work Schedule: Shifts are rotating with 8 or 12 hours tours of duty. There will be the possibility of extended hours and weekends. Night and weekend shift differential will apply.
NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

Compressed/Flexible: Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
Preferred Experience:

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: The position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused patients, repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to Wheelchairs/stretchers/cars, and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. This position requires visual acuity, good hearing, distinctive speech and manual dexterity. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or protect his/herself from physically abusive patients.

Education

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.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60015079
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Position Title: Registered Nurse (Inpatient Psychiatric Unit)
  • Company Name: Veterans Health Administration
  • Job Function: RN
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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