Outpatient Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) - Fairfield
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fairfield, California
Internal Number: 613616800
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 The Outpatient Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides recovery oriented, Veteran centered clinical care for Veterans with a variety of medical, surgical, and psychiatric diagnoses in the outpatient clinic setting. The NP is responsible to the Medical Director and Program Manager of General Mental Health and the designated Associated Chief of Nursing Service for Mental Health. Travel: May travel to Mare Island as need per Manager Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; to meets the needs of patient and program. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact V21 CCOE EDRP , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Independently obtains medical histories and conducts medication evaluations and psychosocial assessments; diagnose and establishes and enacts treatment plans. Make arrangements for further care if appropriate (e.g., by entering consults), ordering and interpreting lab and diagnostic tests, prescribing medication, and serving as a consultant to other providers. Prescribes and provides ongoing medication management of Veterans with different levels of psychological functioning and levels of severity and acuity related to their psychiatric conditions (e.g., PTSD, major depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, etc.) Provide management of Veterans with chronic suicidal and/or homicidally; conduct risk assessment and develop safety plan. Provide services by collecting data required for diagnosis and performing procedures and services. Obtains and evaluates medical histories, performs therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, and orders laboratory studies and other special examinations. Analyzes and interprets data, formulates problem lists, and establishes plans for solution of clinical problems. Coordinates patient care with other members of health care team. Initiate consultation request to other health care professionals to provide specialty patient management. Documents outpatient encounters in VA electronic medical record in a timely basis (per Mental Health Product Line policy). Accomplish other documentation on a timely basis Instruct medical/nursing students, residents, and other learners that rotate through the Behavioral Health Clinic. Provides psycho education, counseling and emotional support for patients and when clinically appropriate, provide psycho education for their family members. Demonstrates clinical competencies in such areas as age-specific care, cultural assessment, and health education. Counsels patients or care givers on medical problems, use of drugs, expected effects of treatment, diet, and other therapeutic health maintenance matters. Effectively functions both autonomously as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Respects patients' cultural and spiritual values. Develops patient treatment plans based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient. Implements the patient's treatment plan. Reviews the patient's progress as a member of the treatment team at regular intervals. Coordinate the process of care with the other team members and other service providers to maximize efficiency. Assesses the patient's continuing need for outpatient behavioral health care, and plan for discharge when clinically indicated. Identifies areas for continuing education and participates in in-service training (including staying current with all required education). Utilizes VHA and community resources as appropriate. Participates in treatment team and staff meetings When on-call, evaluates patient admissions, patients requiring further commitment evaluations, and requested psychiatric consultations on the inpatient medical and surgical services. Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or ACOS/MH.
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.