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 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: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Minimum of 1-2 years RN experience in a Mental Health or addictions treatment setting 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: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Straight pulling (6 hours), Pushing (2 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Walking (6 hours), Standing (2 hours), Repeated bending, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Visual Acuity (20/30 corrected). Environmental Factors: Working with hands in water, working closely with others ["The Addiction Treatment Center (ATC) provides outpatient clinic care for Veterans with addiction disorders with age ranges from young adult to geriatric. The mission is to provide compassionate care and instill hope in recovery. ATC uses the most current and evidence-based approaches, treating the whole individual, including underlying factors that contribute to problems with substance abuse. The RN practice in the Addictions Treatment Clinic. Patient population present with concomitant substance use intoxication who may need detoxification, and they may present with a psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, suicide ideation/homicide ideation with a plan. Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following: Managing care of veterans in Office Based Buprenorphine (OBB) clinic: Triage all veterans and coordinate with referrals to medical providers and other disciplines in clinic. Involved in all levels of care of veterans in OBB medical clinics. Tracking and monitoring, keeping date entry up to date on all levels, making sure they attend clinics. Monitoring labs for compliance and discussing with medical providers. Determine who is appropriate for mail ins and how often they need to be monitored. Telephone and VA Video Connect (VVC) appointments between visits. Follow up on missed appointments- correspondence letters, always continually try to contact veterans that have not shown to clinic. Use motivational interviewing techniques to help veterans reach their level of wellness. Ability to work with harm reduction model. Create a safe therapeutic alliance for veterans to receive care. Collaborates with training of new fellows and residents of all disciplines to the OBB medical clinics. Determine if veteran is interested in more involvement in clinic such as groups or individual therapy and refer to social workers (SW). Treatment planning. OBB weekly meetings Coordinate Detox inpatient admission Must have knowledge and the ability to provide the following: Vivitrol Injection; Knowledge of and able to give shots, charting, and speaking to medical providers Triage and understand when to refer to other disciplines if necessary. Promote veterans to be more involved in the clinic, hopefully more than their monthly injection. Being creative on expansion as veteran care continues to grow. Sublocade Injection: Tracking and monitoring skills to work with veterans on their level. Knowledge of data entry, keeping important information up to date. Collaborate with research study that is currently working on a project to improve care of veteran in clinic on sublocade. Give injection with use of lidocaine with sublocade for better veteran compliance with excellent results. Able to coordinate and work with triage for EtOH dep and detox. Triage in clinic in initial assessments and detox needs. Management of the abstinence monitoring clinic, to include but not limited too: Management of randomization of UDAS for Vets in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Conduct monthly breathalyzer calibrations. Management of initial and annual breathalyzer competencies for ATC staff Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:00pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact the EDRP Coordinator, Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases.\nPaid 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; 11 paid Federal holidays per year.\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).\nLicensure: 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.