The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner functions as an independent provider and oversees care provided to patients in the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU), Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP), Mental Health Outpatient Clinic setting at the RVAHCS and may be located at RVAMC, Eugene Health Care Center, Eugene Behavioral Health Recovery and Reintegration Services (BHRRS) or the North Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The duties and responsibilities of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner position includes but are not limited to the following: Completes History and Physical Evaluations on both the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) and the Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Program (RRTP) for all new admissions. Prescribes psychiatric medications on both units. Writes orders for necessary medications, laboratory studies, imaging, and discharge orders. Request consults for medical and psychiatric services as needed for continuity of care. Provides pre-admission mental health screenings of Veterans admitting to the APU programs and consult with admission team. Remains available to address mental health concerns for Veterans on the APU and RRTP units and consult with unit staff. Manages the safe medication management program, collaborating with the pharmacy and nursing. Serves as reference to PACT teams / specialty teams / Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) teams to facilitate timely, appropriate work-up in collaboration with specialist(s) optimizing VA resources and facilitating community care as needed. Serves as the point of contact for any work-up related questions from patient/family, staff (local and/or other VISN20 facility), community providers. Informs patient/family of process, general disease education. Assures proper follow-up of abnormal findings that are not treated during visit/stay. Identifies high risk patients by acuity and/or biopsychosocial issues for intensive case management. Monitors activities to ensure timely multidisciplinary review and coordination of activities necessary for development of a treatment plan and necessary supportive procedures. Assesses and links patient to additional services when needed, i.e. alcohol treatment, nutrition, palliative care, hospice as necessary, Home Telehealth. Communicates/coordinates with PACT and PCMHI teams regarding medications, patient care needs, etc. Supports patient education, treatment education, awareness of steps in care. Assesses and treats patient for symptom management and/or refer to appropriate specialty for higher level care needs . Tracks all treatments according to care plan, communicating with appropriate service provider on any deviations/omissions from plan. Assures treatment summary and recommendations are communicated to involved services. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.