The VAPSHCS is hiring a Home Telehealth Mental Health RN. The incumbents will provide Home Telehealth services to veterans with primary care providers managing their diagnoses of depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance use. The incumbents will also assist with population health efforts related to behavioral health. The Home Telehealth (HT) program coordinates care for patients throughout the continuum of care to assure that care is timely, appropriate, of high quality and cost effective. HT works closely with the primary care providers and other healthcare professionals and team members, other clinics, internal and external services and community agencies. HT provides professional assessment, coordination and planning of multiple health care services and acts on behalf of the Veteran to assure necessary clinical services are received and that progress is being made with the Veteran's health status utilizing appropriate telehealth devices. The Home Telehealth RN is involved with the ongoing assessment, monitoring and case management of Veterans in their residential environment and provides the appropriate information to providers and the healthcare system to enable "just in time care." The HT RN serve as case managers who utilize HT technology in their practice of case management. They are in touch with Veterans in between their regular visits, advocating for the Veteran, ensuring the Veteran is receiving the care they need, and providing ongoing education and coaching so Veterans improve their ability to manage their chronic conditions. The HT RN engages in activities to support not on the Veteran but caregivers also. Duties include but are not limited to: Triage and assess all data received from Home Telehealth patients such as vital signs, reported symptoms, and question responses. Contact patients with high risk responses, significant changes in condition or changes in other specific data elements received. Identify and intervene for potential exacerbations or complications to facilitate: PACT clinic, Pharm D, Mental Health, ED/urgent care, or care in the community Provider-directed interventions such as medication management Triage calls and concerns of Veteran/caregiver/family, resolve those within scope of practice, and route others to primary care staff or other services as indicated. Provide opportunity for extension of length of time between routine primary care, specialty care, Pharm D and/or HBPC encounters for stable patients. Provide psychosocial support to patients Provide interdisciplinary consultation and interventions such as with HBPC and other non-institutional care programs and venues, mental health, social work, pharmacy, nutrition, etc. Identify Veterans' knowledge, health factors, skills, and behaviors that support self-management and identify gaps therein. Provide health coaching, patient education, and motivational interviewing Communicate with provider regarding progress to goals; patterns or trends of data, symptoms or findings; concerning findings; need for provider assessment and/or interventions. Facilitate and communicate treatment changes directed by the provider and provide follow up evaluation of the patient after the changers are implemented. Adhering to program requirements for documentation of patients and progress following admission, at least twice yearly periodic evaluations, red alerts, and changes in condition/hospitalizations. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. Recruitment / Relocation Incentives "ARE NOT AUTHORIZED" This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more
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.