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 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
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.