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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nurse (Nurse Manager, Psychiatric Inpatient Unit) in Aurora, Colorado


The Nurse Manager-Mental Health Inpatient Unit is responsible for a locked 30 bed acute psychiatric unit encompassing three wings. The primary focus of the IPU is the evaluation and treatment of the veteran with a primary psychiatric diagnosis.


The patient population includes adult female, male and geriatric veterans, Treatment modalities include medication, sub-acute medical care, withdrawal support from substances in individuals having co-morbid conditions, inpatient group therapy, individual therapy, occupational therapy and functional assessments, recreation therapy, dietary consultation, family evaluation and intervention, ECT and psycho educational groups. The Nurse Manager is responsible and accountable for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating patient care programs and staff activities for the IPU. The Nurse Manager has direct supervisory responsibility for nursing personnel. The Nurse Manager demonstrates professional nursing practice characterized by leadership and accomplishment in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of patient care, establishes relationships with professional and/ or health related groups in the community, works effectively with other disciplines and departments, and makes significant contributions to the nursing profession. S/he promotes effectiveness through an understanding of and application of organizational relationship models, principles, and strategies. The Nurse Manager implements standards of professional practice and accrediting bodies and applicable regulations, and exercises the skills, knowledge, ability and motivation to foster decision making, participation, flexibility, accountability, and responsibility in staff managed. S/he exercises the skills and knowledge to implement and evaluate standards of care and practice; assures that staff competencies are communicated and assessed; assures that patient health education is provided throughout the patient care experience, and provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff. The Nurse Manager implements healthcare evaluation and outcome measures; applies fiscal principles; develops effective business plans, develops and maintains accurate and comparable data to enable data-based decisions for quality patient care. S/he creates and maintains a safe workplace for patients and staff and promotes timely and accurate completion of performance appraisals and proficiencies. The Nurse Manager contributes to the professional growth and development of staff; develops staff for career progression; and collaborates with other departments and disciplines to ensure the identification, measurement, and evaluation of performance improvement initiatives specific to patient care services provided. The Nurse Manager demonstrates competency in organizational management, written and verbal communication, data/operations analysis and strategic planning, and creative/visionary skills. The Nurse 1) applies the nursing process to systems or processes to improve care; 2) demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care; 3) supports and enhances client self-determination; 4) serves as a resource for clients and staff in resolving ethical issues; 5) identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues taking appropriate action; 6) acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in areas of practice; 7) participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance; 8) evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations, and takes action to improve performance; 9) uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems; 10) educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor; 11) initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes; 12) uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice; 13) demonstrates competency in performing all unit specific nursing procedures; 14) ability to function as staff/charge nurse as needed; 15) recruitment, hiring, orientation, and ongoing competency assessment of staff; 16) providing timely semi-annual and annual performance evaluations; 17) ensuring staff compliance with all mandatory education and training requirements: 18) approval of requests for leave; development and posting of staff work schedules ; and certification of timecards: 19) maintaining an effective labor /management partnership; 20) ensuring that quality control mechanisms are in place, reporting adverse events, making recommendations for peer review, and preparing issue briefs as requested; 21) conducting recurring, routine staff meetings; 23) performance improvement and documentation audits; 24) develops time schedules; Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends.

NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Preferred Experience: Experience working in a mental health setting; Previous nurse manager or assistant nurse manager experience; Experience managing and scheduling for a 24/7 unit. 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: 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. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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

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. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.