Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Psychiatric/Mental Health) in Anchorage, Alaska

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 3/28/2016 (212 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1662231

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free) is currently 5.31% and is subject to change in the future.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

Position is Open Until Filled, applications will be referred as they are received. Position may be filled before the closing date.


The Registered Nurse (Psychiatric/Mental Health) at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) is located at the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) residential facility and will provide comprehensive residential care to homeless Veterans utilizing specialized nursing skills and knowledge in a relatively independent fashion in areas of nursing research, consultation, patient and family education, outreach, follow-up, intake, program coordination and evaluation, and other activities appropriate to case management of a complex program. Responsible for insuring the highest quality of nursing care for Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program (MHRRTP) clients. Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assume delegated responsibility for the care of a particular group of clients at the Domiciliary or other program to which assigned.
  • Assume delegated responsibility to oversee health technicians and/or licensed practical nurses.
  • Support policies and procedures of the MHRRTP, Mental Health Services (MHS), and the AVAHS.
  • Maintain responsibility for quality patient care; demonstrate willingness to support change for improvement of patient care and unit operation.
  • Provide skilled nursing care and give guidance to clients in the management of their physical and psychosocial needs.
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic environment that protects patient rights.
  • Perform clinical assessment and treatment procedures identified in the Annual Health Maintenance Review and clinical reminders posted in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), and other assessment and treatment procedures (e.g. immunizations, injections, PPDs).
  • Assess client's health status by gathering information and identify client's actual and potential problems; maintain ongoing assessment of client's status based on information gathered by interviewing and observation.
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients to coordinate psychosocial treatment with standardized physical nursing care and guidance.
  • Develop care plans using assessment data that integrates medical and nursing therapies including input from client's family and other health care team members.
  • Collaborate with other health care team members in delivery of health care services according to established standards and patient care principles.
  • Involve client's family and other health care team members in discharge planning.
  • Organize and conduct, as appropriate, various treatment modalities such as individual and group counseling, milieu therapy, etc.
  • Evaluate response of client to plan of care and nursing interventions and revise patient care to meet changing needs.
  • Monitor client behavior to intervene when appropriate; monitor clients for critical changes and initiates appropriate emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performance of technical skills.
  • Maintain a safe environment for clients and strive to meet their maximum security and comfort needs.
  • Provide effective management of crisis in disturbed clients in emergency situations.
  • Monitor client behavior to intervene when appropriate.
  • Incorporate results on quality assurance programs in daily patient care activities.
  • Promote, participate and evaluate patient/family health education.
  • Contribute to the learning experiences of students.
  • Participate in education and direction of nursing personnel.
  • Educate clients in a variety of prevention, health promotion and maintenance interventions.
  • Assist medical providers and pharmacist with evaluating medication compliance and knowledge of the clients' prescribed medications.
  • Conduct other group therapy and/or education sessions as assigned.
  • Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team in assessment, planning, providing, and evaluating care for MHRRTP clients.
  • Establish the clinical record and overall treatment plan and for case management of assigned residents in the program.

Work Schedule: Compressed Tour, Twelve (12) hour shifts days or nights Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse (Psychiatric/Mental Health)/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be a US citizen.


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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. 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.
  • Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in

Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with

approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no

experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a

related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and

approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and

has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

  • Preferred Experience: BSN; 2 - 3 years of nursing experience or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma with 4-6 years experience as a RN in a Mental Health Setting; Evidence Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing interventions and psychiatric nursing experience.
  • Grade Determinations: Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:

  • *Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

  • *Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

  • *Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;

  • *Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: May require occasional lifting (45 lbs and over); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); standing, walking, and kneeling; pushing/pulling; the use of fingers on both hands; ability to reach above shoulders; repeated bending; climbing using legs and arms; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable to 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 color and shades of colors; and hearing (hearing aid permitted). Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

PLEASE 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.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement (Friday, December 30, 2016). If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $65,643.00 to $102,767.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Federal Employees

Control Number: 434184000

Job Announcement Number: VT-16-MMC-1662231-BU-OCA