Registered Nurse - Mental Health - #197763

Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 04/08/2021 23:33 PM

City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

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The Registered Nurse working in Inpatient Mental Health will provide a full range of nursing care inclusive of administering medications, providing health education, completing assessments of patients' conditions, and documenting patients' response to treatment and education.

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The Inpatient Mental Health Unit is an 6-bed entity that provides Holistic care to the veteran population. VA utilizes the Recovery Model and provides recovery oriented care that encompasses staff and patient engagement in treatment planning. Patients experiencing an acute episode of mental health illness, PTSD, and/or substance-use disorder are admitted for treatment. This unit utilizes 24-hour camera surveillance promoting a safe environment.

Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.

As an RN assigned to the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, the nurse is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of veteran patients admitted to the VA. This includes, but is not limited to; assuring that appropriate documentation reflects assessment of patient needs, interdisciplinary treatment plans, clinical interventions, and evaluation of patients' responses to treatments. In addition, the nurse delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to adult and geriatric patients while developing technical competence. The incumbent provides direct nursing care to individual and groups of patients under the guidance and direction of the Unit/ Nurse Manager.

The RN will provide care coordination to an assigned population, in collaboration with and as a member of the Mental Health Interdisciplinary team as well as provide coverage to the other mental health areas as needed. Cross coverage to all inpatient units is expected.

The RN will demonstrate a therapeutic relationship with the acute and chronic mentally ill patient by focusing attention on the emotional and behavioral concerns through a mutually defined professional relationship.

Performs structured clinical assessments and complex, systematic psychiatric assessments, which includes the total health status of the patient. This requires knowledge of medical terminology, diagnostic categories, and ability to perform chart reviews.

The incumbent begins the coordination process at the time the patient is identified and works collaboratively with staff within the Mental Health Clinics, as well as staff throughout the VA facility that may also be involved in his/her care.

The RN reviews assessments completed by others, and obtains missing information from providers, patients and medical records. The RN will demonstrate leadership in utilizing verbal and behavioral treatment modalities.

Will initiate patient and family education to include information about mental illness, medication, benefits and consequences of behaviors, coping strategies, evaluations and assessments and legal treatment modalities. This includes the development of an appropriate treatment plan and/or safety plan for patients, and the ability to communicate that plan to the patient's provider.

The RN will provide for self-expression and processing of feelings in a group setting. The RN will demonstrates extensive oral and written communication skills: contacts patients through written correspondence and telephone calls, and conducts follow-up interviews and creates and maintains forms, surveys, instruments, and materials for proper coordination of the different treatment modules available.

Work Schedule: Primarily Day Shift. 80 hours per pay period. Alternative tours of duty may be required to support operational needs on an infrequent basis.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the time of hire.

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)

  • · 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.
  • · RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Note: New graduates will be considered for the position if education and licensure are obtained prior to the hire date

Preferred Experience, Skills, and Education:

  • Mental Health Experience 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 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: The work requires some standing, walking, bending, lifting, and carrying of light items. The work requires agility and dexterity and may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients. In many situations, the duration of the activity (such as most of a workday) contributes to the arduous nature of the job. Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and similar activities.


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:

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