Psychiatric Nurse

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

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.

Parking at WRNMMC is very limited and is primarily first come, first serve. The use of commuting alternatives is highly recommended. The Mass Transit Fringe Benefits (MTFB) are available to Federal Civilian employees. This is in addition to the current salary, up to $ 125 per month (subject to change), for the commuting costs using Mass Transit. MTFB can be applied to rail, bus and/or approved vanpools but not parking costs.

About the Position:
This position is located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, Director for Nursing, Department of Perioperative Nursing, Office of the Chief. Incumbent will be assigned to work on an acute locked 25-bed Inpatient Behavior Health/Psychiatric Ward. Responsible for the direct and indirect nursing care associated with psychiatric, mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse/addiction young adult to geriatric male/female patient population. Active participate in multidisciplinary behavioral health treatment team. Collaborative working relationship and oversight of para-professionals (psychiatric technicians) and LPNs. Must be able to facilitate the safe management of an inpatient behavior health/psychiatric milieu and provide 1:1 therapeutic interventions as well as facilitate or co-facilitate group therapy or psycho-education.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

  • Not Required

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  • This is a Direct Hire Solicitation.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the 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 Nurse:

    Education: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed.

    Registration: An active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    Experience: One year of experience which includes providing psychiatric nursing modalities associated with substance abuse/addiction, psychosis, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorder, adjustment disorder, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), psychiatric physical restraints, individual, family or psycho-education intervention. This definition of experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

    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.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

    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 requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.
    • This position requires the incumbent to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.
    • This position is covered by the Department of Defense Civilian Employee Drug-Free Workplace Program as a testing designated position (TDP). You are required to pass urinalysis testing, as required prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
    • This position requires the incumbent to work on any day or shift, including PMs, nights, weekends, holidays, or on an "on call" basis, necessary to meet mission requirements.
    • 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 has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.

    Not Applicable


    You will perform comprehensive behavioral health nursing assessments to plan, provide, and direct nursing care across the continuum of patients care. Use appropriate interview skills and describe, in writing, patient's appearance, emotional status, interaction with staff and/or family, and knowledge level of disease process. Use nursing process to identify patient problems, generate nursing diagnoses and document patient status. Design plan of care, write/implement nursing orders and evaluate nursing interventions, based upon the patient's response to care. Instruct patient and family members regarding the disease process, treatment modalities, diagnostic procedures and use of equipment related to disease/care, expected and possible adverse reactions to medications, discharge planning, health maintenance and illness prevention. Communicate progress and/or changes to the patient, family and members of the health care team. Identify pending crisis situations and initiate emergency measures, as appropriate. Function as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best possible outcome of patient's care. Provide interdisciplinary referrals. Utilize and instruct others in the use of single and specialized equipment, as appropriate to clinical care. Collect data pertaining to patient's health status. Gather bio-psychosocial information pertinent to patient general health status and development of drug abuse/alcohol dependence. Identify and monitor patients for signs and symptoms associated with withdrawal and relapse. Administer medications to ensure patient detoxifies safely. Instruct, counsel and reinforce health promotion and healthy patterns of living to patients. Chart using the electronic health record system and current systems used for and pharmacy entries; use glucometer and the emergency crash cart to include defibulator.

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