The Registered Nurse (Outpatient Mental Health) provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process. The Registered Nurse (Outpatient Mental Health) utilizes the nursing process for systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems. Provides services for case findings, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA code of Ethics for Nurses). The Outpatient Mental Health Registered Nurse performs the following duties: Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with all patients. Assesses the physical and mental health needs of assigned patients. Completes suicide risk screenings, documents screening in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and implements nursing interventions based on Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA). Promotes mental health by implementing nursing interventions for behavioral problems, psychiatric disorders and co-occurring conditions to promote health and safety, symptom management. Provides age-appropriate care in a culturally and ethically sensitive manner. Responsible for maintaining Preventative and Management Disruptive Behavior (PMDB), Basic Life Support (BLS), and other required trainings. Manages psychiatric emergencies and intervenes with therapeutic principles of PMDB when clinically indicated. Provides structure and maintains a safe therapeutic milieu & recovery-oriented environment. Collaborates with treatment team to develop and revise a patient-centered plan of care. Documents nursing plan of care in Mental health Suite appropriately within required time-frames. Implements nursing interventions to assist Veterans in their recovery Demonstrates knowledge of psychotropic medications and other prescribed medications. Administers and monitors for effectiveness and reactions to psychotropic mediations and other prescribed medications. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tour subject to changes based on the needs of the agency. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Telework: Not Authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.