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Advanced Practice Nurse-Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Recovery Program Manager

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Waco
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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The Central Texas Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified Recovery Program Manager. This position may be filled from multiple occupations and is being advertised, concurrently, under vacancy announcement specific to each occupation. Please see the "Additional Information" section of this announcement for further details.

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Responsibilities

This Advanced Practice Nurse position serves as the Program Manager for four (4) recovery-based outpatient programs in Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. In this capacity, the incumbent functions as the Recovery Program Manager of the following programs: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), and PTSD Clinical Team (PCT). In addition, the incumbent serves as Team Lead for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program.

The Recovery Program Manager is responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of the various recovery-based outpatient programs within the Outpatient Mental Health Service at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. These critical programs provide a wide array of services to veterans in need of specialty care in a less restrictive setting.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center: The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) is an outpatient transitional learning center designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self-determined community roles for Veterans challenged with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. Programming is curriculum-based and is specifically designed to teach the requisite skills that are necessary for defining and realizing Veteran's self-chosen roles and goals in all domains of health and life.

Mental Health Intensive Case Management: The Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM) is a community-based case management program designed to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations and improve quality of life with a focus on rehabilitation. The services are offered to veterans who meet the following criteria: diagnosis of serious and persistent mental illness, severe functional impairment, inadequately served by traditional outpatient treatment, have high psychiatric hospitalization utilization, and are appropriate for outpatient status (i.e., not in need of inpatient treatment presently).

Substance Abuse Treatment Program: The outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) assist Veterans in recovery from addictions to alcohol and drugs. Many Veterans enrolled in SATP also struggle with homelessness, unemployment, other mental illnesses, medical, and legal problems. The primary treatment modalities of SATP are evidence-based group treatment and education focusing on early recovery and relapse prevention skills.

PTSD Clinical Team: The PCT is an outpatient clinic that provides treatment to Veterans who have been diagnosed with combat-related PTSD and evidence significant impairment in functional areas. Psychotherapy services are evidenced-based and delivered in both individual and group format.

Taken together, these programs include an interdisciplinary staff of 11 individuals who report to and are overseen by the Recovery Program Manager, including 4.0 psychologists, 2.0 peer support specialists, 2.0 social science specialists, 1.0 licensed professional counselor, 1.0 social worker, 1.0 registered nurse.

Program Managers have broad program management responsibilities which include the operation and management of key clinical, training, and/or administrative programs. Responsibilities include the development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. Decisions made affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. Such programs deliver specialized, complex, and highly professional services that are important program components of the medical center and significantly impact the health care provided to veterans.

Program Managers have supervisory responsibility for subordinates, as well as line and staff authority for resource allocations within the area of responsibility and ensure the efficient operation of the organizational unit. Responsibilities include the supervision of staff, professional management, and administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope and that constitute a significant component of the medical center.

Other duties and functions as assigned.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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Yes

Promotion Potential

None

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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

Qualifications

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.
  • A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
  • The certification must be in the Mental Health Specialty.

Preferred Experience: Five years clinical experience working with one year in a Mental Health Leadership role preferred; Knowledge and experience with performance measure and accreditation standards such as CARF, Joint Commission, APA; Experience in delegating work, managing multiple deadlines with organization and accountability standards; Experience in managing workload, interdisciplinary teams and diverse staff members to accomplish program goals and objectives.

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: heavy lifting, 45 lbs. and over; heavy carrying, 45 lbs. and over; moderate carrying 15-44 lbs; pushing 1 hour; use of both fingers; walking 3 hours; standing 3 hours; repeated bending 1-2 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required; no skin allergies. See VA Handbook and Directive 5019.

Education

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 appropriate State agency and accredited by either: a) The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); or b) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Note: If your school was accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time of graduation but is no longer listed on the ACEN or CCNE website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

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