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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse- Mental Health Chief Nurse in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Summary Provides primary assistance to the Director of the Mental Health (MH) Integrated Clinical Community (ICC), and Associate Director of Patient Care Services (ADPCS) in overall administration of Patient Care Services/Nursing Services and in guiding the overall management of the practice of nursing and the profession of nursing within the VA Minneapolis Health Care System. Responsibilities The Registered Nurse Mental Health Chief provides leadership for the programs within the MH ICC including the secured inpatient psychiatric nursing unit (1K), outpatient MH services/programs, Homeless Program, Suicide Prevention, and MH Intensive Case Management (MHICM). Major Duties include but are not limited to: · 24-hour responsibility for management of nursing service for a group of clinical services, planning and supervision of patient care, management of nursing and support personnel. · Coaches, mentors, and develops nursing staff, Assistant Nurse Managers (ANM's), and new NM's. Role-models professional behavior and demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills. · Contributing to annual budget and monitoring budget within prescribed parameters. · Work is accomplished personally and/or through subordinates and is evaluated only for its overall effectiveness and responsiveness to organizational requirements. · Knowledge of VHA Directives, Handbooks, Memos, Business Rules and Performance Measures, MVAHCS Policies and Standard Operating Procedures and departmental Standard Operating procedures and policies. VHA Support Service Center (VSSC) and MVAHCS Data Cell Reports, Clinic Profile Management, DSS Identifiers, Consult Business Rules, and familiarity with Joint Commission Standards, Allocation Resource Center (ARC), VERA, Managerial Cost Accounting & Analytics (MCAA); Ensure that all programs are operated according to such policies, procedures and standards of performance. · Has substantial and continuing responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling service-wide infrastructure issues which include overall operation of the service, responding to internal and external communications, maintaining knowledge of and communicating standards of nursing practice and patient care, and developing systems to enhance overall clinical operations and communications within the service. ·Reviews Performance Measures, and other quality data for trends and early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with Nurse Executive leadership team, Nurse Managers, the service, and the health care system. · In collaboration with MH ICC leaders plans and evaluates the clinical and administrative functions of the MH ICC and implements improvements in all matters affecting operational, educational, quality improvement, and organizational policy related to the clinical operations; Possess specialized knowledge of theories, principles, and practices common to the management of a healthcare system such as Systems Redesign, Lean Six Sigma, Risk Management. · Develop and implement long and short range policy and strategic plans in conjunction with executive leadership, ICC and Services; Forecast future needs and identify areas for further development and/or improvement of services; Identify trends and make recommendations regarding processes, policies, work flow, accessibility, quality/continuous improvement. · Ensures processes are in place for continued accreditation readiness and participates in rounds to survey nursing units. · Maintains content of professional documents such as scopes for advance practice nurses, scopes for registered nurses for procedures beyond basic education, and scopes of care and practice for each nursing unit. · Ensures ongoing competency assessment is completed on each nursing employee annually, and ongoing requirements are met for BLS/ACLS certification of required staff. · Manages relationship with the local Union(s), Employee Labor and Relations (ELR) and management. Has knowledge of the labor contract, management rights and follows processes for union notification and proposal when impact and implementation issues may arise. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: May be authorized on an Ad Hoc basis Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment 1 Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the time of application. 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. ·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 by the time of employment. Preferred Experience and Skills: Mental Health Nursing Experience. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: · Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years 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: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and mental health inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 12 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 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 shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. Education Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information As a VA employee, you will enjoy a truly rewarding career, comprehensive benefits, competitive pay and other generous perks to help build a fuller, more balanced life for you and your family. Strong starting salary, career growth, and recognition VA Nurse Locality Pay System (LPS) - ensuring our nurses are paid competitive rates within each local labor market VA Special Rates - providing regular performance-based increases and potential accelerated increases for outstanding performance Premium Pay - including overtime, Saturday, Sunday, holiday, on-call and night work Incentive Awards - including Superior Performance Awards, Special Contribution Awards, VA Honor Awards, and Non-Monetary Recognition. 8 hours of annual leave (Vacation Time) accrual for full-time Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists for each full biweekly pay period. (The highest leave accrual of any VA employee!) 4 hours of Sick leave accrual per full biweekly pay period. 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave Organ Donor Leave Military Leave Disabled Veteran Leave Health Insurance - pre-taxed premiums and a variety of plans to choose from, ranging from traditional HMO/PPO plans with low co-pays, to High- Deductible plans. Single, spouse and family plans available. Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) -Tax deferred retirement savings account that is similar to private sector 401(k). You may be eligible for an automatic 1% agency contribution, plus a 4% matching agency contribution. Flexible Spending Accounts - medical & dependent care Life Insurance - with available additions for family coverage Long Term Care Insurance Leave Sharing Program Holidays - 11 paid Federal holidays each year Child Care Subsidies Employee Assistance Program Wellness and Physical Fitness Programs Transit Subsidies Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.