Psychiatric Practical Nurse
The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.
About the Position:
This Psychiatric Licensed Practical Nurse is located at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the Director for Behavioral Health, Addictions Treatment. This position works with an out-patient population dealing with substance abuse. This position will also support other clinics within the Directorate of Behavioral Health.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
- Not Required
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Basic Requirement for Psychiatric Practical Nurse:
Licensure: A current license to practice as a practical or vocational nurse in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia; OR must have applied for a license to practice. Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photostatic copy of the license, a notarized statement attesting to the fact, or a citation of the license number and State issuing it. Non-licensed candidates who have completed their training may be appointed subject to obtaining the required license during the probationary period. Those not licensed must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained.(NOTE: Copy of transcripts must be submitted with application package)
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirement listed below:
Experience: One year of nursing experience in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures, performing such duties as: provide patient care for behavioral health patients such as crisis intervention, psycho-education; participation in the development, implementation, evaluation of patient treatment plan; using a variety of nursing equipment; administer and monitor patient medications; document patient responses to various nursing procedures in medical records. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone -- no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
- This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
- This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
- This position is covered by the Department of Defense Civilian Employee Drug-Free Workplace Program as a testing designated position (TDP).
- This position requires the incumbent to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.
- This position has been designated as Mission Essential and the incumbent must assume essential personnel status during inclement weather/emergencies
- This position requires that you obtain and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
- This position requires the incumbent to work Monday through Thursday 11AM-7PM and Friday 7:30AM-4:30PM.
You will function as a licensed practical nurse in an inpatient clinic, or ward, responsible for direct and indirect nursing care to psychiatric and addiction medicine inpatients. Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team in motivating patients and redirecting their behavior toward treatment plan goals. Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan. Administers and monitors medications and provides medication reconciliation for addiction medicine patients, frequently diagnosed with a wide range of psychiatric illnesses, often accompanied by medical complications.