The BHIP Nurse in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is a member of the Mental Health Team who works in collaboration with licensed independent providers (LIPs) to assure high quality care to the Veteran with psychiatric diagnoses/mental health needs. S/he works closely within an interdisciplinary team framework to help foster independent living through appropriate management of the client's mental illness by providing assessments, planning, interventions and evaluation of treatment. Provide Veterans and their family members with education regarding their Illness, medications and treatment plan. Provide outreach to clients who are having problems with treatment adherence and who may be relapsing. Coordinate with other agencies and make referrals to provide patients with necessary community services. Refer to, consult with and coordinate care with other VA health care providers. Assess patients and provide additional support with LIPs. Facilitate psycho-educational and support groups. Act as liaison between Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units to facilitate continuity of care. Provide coverage as needed for other staff 1n the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Complete Mental Health Treatment Coordinator assignments. Initiate Treatment plan. Perform triage for telephone calls, walk-ins, patients who are in crisis, and call-offs. Specific prescriber directed tasks which can Include coordinating refills, consult on laboratory results and providing physician instruction to patients. Triaging risk assessment and treatment for patients presenting to outpatient behavioral health. Participate in the daily consult team and assist with triage and treatment plan for Veterans requesting new and follow up appointments. Perform nursing duties to assist BHIP team to Include taking vitals and giving injections. Use non-traditional approaches to care including Telehealth, MyHealthEVet, and Telephone. Work Schedule: 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday 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.