The Inpatient Mental Health Nurse Manager (IMHNM) supports the mission, vision, and objectives of VA Portland Healthcare system and leads and oversees the day-to-day delivery of professional nursing services on the acute psychiatry unit (Ward 5C). The IMHNM provides clinical and administrative leadership in partnership with the IMH Program Manager and the IMH Medical Director. 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. Preferred Experience: BSN required, MSN and/or specialty certification in mental health or leadership preferred. 3-5 years of mental health, substance abuse, or acute care experience. Previous nurse leadership or management experience strongly preferred. 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 - Bachelor's degree in nursing and two years of professional nursing experience, one of which is a year of specialized nursing experience equivalent to Nurse I, Level 3 OR Master's degree in nursing with one year of specialized nursing experience equivalent to Nurse I, Level 3 OR Master's degree in a related field with a bachelor's degree in nursing with one year of specialized nursing experience equivalent to Nurse I, Level 3 OR Doctorate degree in nursing with no professional nursing experience OR Doctorate degree in a related field with a master's or bachelor's degree in nursing with no professional nursing experience. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing with two years of specialized nursing experience, one of which is equivalent to Nurse II and meets all dimension requirements for Nurse III OR Master's degree in a related field with a bachelor's degree in nursing with two years of specialized nursing experience, one of which is equivalent to Nurse II and meets all dimension requirements for Nurse III OR Doctorate degree in nursing with one year of specialized nursing experience which is equivalent to Nurse II and meets all dimension requirements for Nurse III OR Doctorate degree in a related field with a master's or bachelor's degree in nursing with one year of specialized nursing experience equivalent to Nurse II and meets all dimension requirements for Nurse III. 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling (.5 hours); Pulling hand over hand (.25 hours); Pushing (.5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking (6 hours); Standing (2 hours); Kneeling (.5 hours); Repeated bending (.5 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Ability to maintain 12 hour work shifts; Mental/emotional stability required. Environmental Factors: Excessive noise, intermittent; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work. ["The Inpatient Mental Health Nurse Managers duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Working to ensure the development and functioning of an effective therapeutic milieu. Collaborate with Mental Health and Executive Leadership Team, Patient Safety, Facilities Management, and other stakeholders to maintain a safe physical environment in accordance with the Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist. Promote a culture of innovation while assuring that standards of care are met or exceeded through the application of evidenced-based practice. Assess, maintain and improve competence and professional role of staff members which includes providing staff development opportunities and facilitating evidence-based and recovery-oriented practice. Participate as a member of VAPORHCS, VISN 20, and Mental Health Division (MHD) committees as designated. Set IMH goals and measures outcomes related to Veteran and staff safety and the quality of patient care services utilizing nursing-related outcomes and high reliability principles. Promote an environment conducive to cooperation and integration of clinical and administrative roles leading to high productivity, customer and staff satisfaction; developing strong communication channels within programs and across internal and external programs and product lines. The incumbent is also knowledgeable and skillful in current labor relation practices, labor contract, and the concepts of AFGE partnership. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm Compressed Tours: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified individuals. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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