The Psychiatric Acute Recovery Center (PARC) is 28 beds for care of patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. The major diagnosis reasons for admission include the following: psychoses, substance abuse and dependence disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), organic disorders and neuroses. Patients are provided therapeutic modalities, to include electro-convulsive (ECT) therapy and rehabilitative services that include group therapy or education, one-to-one education and/or counseling and medication management. The interdisciplinary team meets each week to discuss care planning and discharge needs of patients. Allied health team providers provide psychological testing and counseling, social services, vocational counseling, and recreational therapy. The nursing needs of patients are evaluated using the nursing process and care is individualized through interdisciplinary approaches of care. Care is focused on providing a protective environment for those requiring protection from self-injury and/or injury to others resulting from identified diagnoses and psychiatric illnesses. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants provide nursing care. Nursing staff members from psychiatry additionally provide nursing support in psychiatric outpatient clinics. One of these clinics, the Mental Health Acute Care Clinic (MHACC) serves as a walk-in outpatient clinic, which provides patient assessments, coordination of care, completion of clinical reminders with health education and counseling, assistance to veterans and their families with crisis calls. Four Most Common Patient Problems Requiring Nursing Care: 1. Psychosis 2. Substance Abuse 3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 4. Neurosis Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, with rotating Weekends, Day, Evening and Night, 8-hour shifts. Tour subject to changes based on the agency needs. 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.