The incumbent practices as the Registered Nurse (RN) in the BHIP Team, Outpatient Mental Health Programs at American Lake Division, VA Puget Sound HealthCare System (VAPSHCS), located in Tacoma, WA. The nurse will provide assessment and intervention services for patients enrolled in the Mental Health Clinic (MHC). The RN functions as a part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals. The RN executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches to management of complex client care. Patient populations include Veterans who present with the full range of DSM-V mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and substance use disorders. Patients are likely to present with co-morbid medical conditions, functional decline and unstable living conditions. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provide assessment, intervention services for patients enrolled in the Mental Health Clinic. Document needs of outpatient mental health patients for both walk-in patients and phone triage; reassess patient changes Act as consultant in clinical practice. Provide education for MHS (Mental Health Service) patients with interdisciplinary involvement. Collaborate with clinical staff in assessing patients for medication side effects, medication compliance and coordinating requests for medication refills. Manage intake databases, coordinate with other disciplines to correct scheduling issues to provide more efficient access to mental health services Based on education and experience, the nurse may be assigned responsibilities as a preceptor to nursing students and/or new employees. Performs other nursing duties as assigned. Provide coverage at times for Mental Health injection Nurse-administer long acting anti-psychotic medications. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not authorized PCS Relocation: Not authorized 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 Benefits: Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.