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PMHNP Opening at Rappahannock Rapidan CSB in Culpeper, VA


Home/Nurse Practitioner – Culpeper, VA – Position #801
Nurse Practitioner – Culpeper, VA – Position #801
     Full Time
     Culpeper, VA
     Posted 6 days ago

Full Time position.

Essential Duties:
     Provide counseling, education, and assessment to clients.
     Prescribe, dispense, and order medications while monitoring
     therapeutic or adverse effects of prescribed medication.

Secretary's Report 8/5/16


Executive Committee Meeting
August 5, 2016
Valley CSB
 
Attendance:  Jen Phelps, Co-President;  Crystal Hicks, Co-President;  Sharon Daniels, Vice-President; LuAnn Saner, Secretary; Michele Morgan, Social Media Specialist; Nina Beaman, Incoming CNE Coordinator; Irma Mahone, Transitioning CNE Coordinator.
Regional representatives:
Region I Rep:  Jan Puffenberger
Region II Rep:  Randy Acosta
Absent:  Treasurer Sonya Mohr; Regional Rep Coordinator Allison Downer O’Brien; Region III Rep Patricia Crissman; Region IV Rep Lisa Babilon; Region V Rep Joanne Archie.

Treasurer's Report 9/30/16

VACPN Treasurer’s Report
9/30/16
 
Submitted by Sonya Mohr, RN, VACPN Treasurer
 
 
DATE           COMMENT             EXPENSE             INCOME               BALANCE

5/2/16        Balance Forward                                                         $9414.

Secretary's Report 5/5/16

VACPN Spring Conference Business Meeting
May 5, 2016
Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center,
Orkney Springs, VA
 
Attendance: Jen Phelps, Coo-President; Crystal Hicks, Co-President; Sharon Daniels, Vice-President; LuAnn Saner, Secretary; Sonya Mohr, Treasurer; Michele Morgan, Social Media Specialist; Irma Mahone, CNE Coordinator.
Regional representatives:
Region 1 Rep: Nina Beaman
Region 2 Rep: Randy Acosta
Region 3 Rep: Patricia Crissman
Region 4 Rep: Lisa Babilon
Region 5 Rep: Joanne Archie
Conference Attendees

RN Job Opening with RRCSB in Culpeper

https://www.rrcsb.org/job/registered-nurse-29/

Culpeper, VA.  Full-time Registered Nurse position providing nursing care, counseling, education, and consultation to clients in a mental health out-patient setting that is based on a treatment team model. . Need a thorough working knowledge of the principles, standards, practices and techniques of professional nursing. Must possess at least 3 years of relevant experience in nursing and /or working with special populations (seriously mentally ill). Possession of a current license as a Registered Nurse issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia is required.  Excellent hours to include weekends and holidays off and no on call. Salary is $39,214.50 – $51,987.00 annually, depending on qualifications.

Scholarships available to NPs who want to obtain their Psych NP certification

The Virginia Healthcare Foundation (vhcf.org) has scholarships available for Psych NPs.

VACPN Spring Conference Speaker, Linda Shuping Smith

Linda Shuping Smith, RN, was one of our excellent speakers at the VACPN Spring Conference last week.  She is the author ofReflections of My Life of Rhyme, a book of poetry and prose, and also wrote forChicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses.  She sent the below email to Jen Phelps, VACPN Co-President.  Please contact her if you are interested in purchasing her book!

"Hi Jen,
Again, thank you for a wonderful opportunity to speak to the VACPN conference ... & to meet such delightful people.

Regional Rep Report

Regional Rep Report
Submitted by Allison O'Brien, RN, VACPN Regional Rep Coordinator

Region 1: Had a meeting in Charlottesville for medication updates in August, but have not met since. We are pursuing a good time to meet and whether to meet face-to-face or virtually.
 
Region 2:
 
Region 3:
 
Region 4: Did not meet.  Tried, but there wasn’t enough interest.  Marina was impacted by a reduction in force at Crossroads CSB.  She is now with our CSB (Hanover) in a management position.

VACPN Treasurer's Report 5/2/16


VACPN TREASURER’S REPORT 5/2/16
Submitted by Sonya Mohr, RN, VACPN Treasurer
 
DATE                      COMMENT         EXPENSE            INCOME            BALANCE
10/17/15        Balance Forward                                                         $7,249.

VACPN Executive Committee Meeting 2/5/16

Executive Committee Meeting
February 5, 2016
Valley CSB
 
Attendance:  Jen Phelps, Co-President;  Crystal Hicks, Co-President;  Sharon Daniels, Vice-President; LuAnn Saner, Secretary; Sonya Mohr, Treasurer; Michele Morgan, Social Media Specialist; Irma Mahone, CNE Coordinator.
Regional representatives:
Region I Rep:  Nina Beaman
Region II Rep:  Randy Acosta
Revion IV Rep:  Lisa Babilon
Absent:  Region III and V Reps

WELCOMING STATEMENTS
Jen made the call to order at 10:15 AM.

Moral Distress Survey

Dear Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses Member,
 
I’m completing my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) course work at the University of Virginia. As part of my final capstone project, I have chosen to examine the experience of moral distress in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Virginia.
 
According to a recent Gallop poll, many people believe that nurses have a high to very high standard of honesty and ethics. This high ethical standard at times can cause an internal conflict when constraints within the work place do not allow the nurse to care for their patients in a way that the nurse believes is ethical.

Job Opportunities with Hanover CSB

Check outwww.hanovercounty.govfor the "Psychiatric Nurse - Clinic Based" position.  This is the position Lisa supervises.  It requires an RN license.  Hours are 8:30 to 5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 11 to 7:30 on Wednesday.  No weekends or holidays and no on-call.  Great benefits and competitive salary.
 
There is also a position for "Psychiatric Nurse - ICT" on the website.  This is essentially the PACT Team nurse and also requires an RN license.

Horizon Welcomes State Nursing Conference

Horizon Welcomes State Nursing Conference

Damien Cabezas gave the welcoming address at the Fall Conference for the Virginia Association for Community Psychiatric Nurses was held in Lynchburg in early November.  The co-presidents, Jen Phelps and Crystal Hicks, are both proud Horizon nurses who ensured that Horizon and its services were featured prominently.  



Information on Injectable Antipsychotics

Please review the attachments for more information about injectable antipsychotics and the recent policy change from DMAS now making this covered as a medical benefits instead of a pharmacy benefit. 

If you plan to attend the Spring 2016 Conference, one of our VACPN members, Kirk Morton, will speak more on the subject.  We're very excited for him to share his knowledge with us!







How to Respond to an Active Shooter

"The Ethical Imperative of the Therapeutic Relationship" presentation slides from Fall Conference 2015

VACPN was thrilled that our own Irma Mahone, RN, MSN, Ph.D. was one of our Fall Conference 2015 speakers. She gave a very interesting presentation on "The Ethical Imperative of the Therapeutic Relationship."  Here is her PowerPoint presentation:

"Advance Directive" presentation slides from Fall Conference 2015

Heather Zelle, JD, Ph.D. was one of our Fall Conference 2015 speakers and she gave an excellent presentation on advance directives.  Here is the PDF from her presentation:


Treasurer's Report 10/17/15

Submitted by Sonja Mohr, RN, VACPN Treasurer



NIMH Research News

VNA Flyer

Submitted by Nina Beaman, Ed.D., MSN