Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric) in Leavenworth, Kansas
Summary This positions functions as a Licensed Independent Practitioner within the Mental Health Department at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Responsibilities Major duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Perform initial psychiatric comprehensive evaluations on new patients, access walk in patients or triaged patients, collecting information of the chief complaint, as well as applicable additional information such as past psychiatric history, past substance abuse history, medical and family histories, psychosocial histories, treatment histories and any other relevant information. Develop treatment plans incorporating the appropriate level of expertise regarding psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Manages ongoing treatment of follow-up patients with different level of psychological functioning and levels of severity and acuity related to their psychiatric condition. Coordinates care for psychiatric patients, ordering diagnostic tests and consults, performing patient education regarding the ongoing care of the Veteran's mental health needs, prescribing medications as appropriate. Analyzes and interprets data, formulates problem lists, and establishes plans for solution of clinical problems. Places orders for diagnostic tests and evaluates the test results or reports. Coordinates clinic and providers schedules to maximize clinic efficiency and Veteran access to care. Participates in the evaluation, treatment and management of walk-in/access in clinic or ER or add-on outpatients when this is needed and manages their care as appropriate. Coordinates patient care with other members of health care team. If needed, initiate consultation request to other health care professionals to provide specialty patient management. Manages inpatient care as requested, making rounds, recording psychiatric progress, updating and the medical records, changing patient orders as indicated and appropriate. Providing consultation in the same manner in the inpatient unit as well. Provides education and counseling to patients and families regarding preventative care, psychiatric conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments/medications. Develops new and ongoing treatment plans based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient. Participates in Mental Health after-hours call as delegated by the Chief of Psychiatry or service line manager. Work Schedule: Primary Monday-Friday day shift, however incumbent may be responsible for providing on-call coverage and coverage on off-tours (including nights, weekends and holidays) based on the needs of the organization. The incumbent may be asked to assist in other sub-specialty areas within the department. Telework: Adhoc Telework Only as Needed Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized for high qualified applicants Requirements Conditions of Employment All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. All 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. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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: Candidates appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Education: Graduate of a Master's Degree School of Nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). License and Registration: A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, Territory, Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. License must be current, full, active and unrestricted. Certification: Nurse Practitioners must maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. The certification must be a Psychiatric certification. Preferred Experience: Clinical experience in the ongoing evaluation, assessment, and treatment of inpatients, outpatients, and ER patients seen within the specialty clinic setting, in the hospital, and on the inpatient units or in the ER. Nurse Practitioner Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: 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. Scope of Practice: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Behavioral Health - Psychiatry Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy Carrying (45 pounds and over); Straight pulling and/or Pushing (up to 6-8 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (up to 6-8 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Sitting (up to 1 hour); Kneeling; Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Both legs required. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to hear whispered voice. Emotional stability. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.