The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is responsible for providing comprehensive services necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and health maintenance. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will uphold the health center mission by assuring the delivery of high quality clinical services that result in better health outcomes, strong consumer satisfaction; and that help maintain the fiscal and operational capacity of the Behavioral Health Department.
Team members are expected uphold the health center mission by assuring that patients receive health care that is competent, caring, and meets with a high degree of satisfaction. In addition, staff must support FPCN’s commitment to the creation of a trauma-informed system of care that continually recognizes and responds to the impact of traumatic stress on all those who have contact with the organization, including children, adults, families, caregivers, and staff.
1. Performs psychiatric evaluations within primary care setting.
2. Provides psychiatric direction and ongoing psychopharmacological management.
3. Collaborate/consult with Nurse Practitioners & other clinical staff regarding all patients seen by Behavioral Health Consultant.
4. Work closely with Providers at the site to identify at risk patients and collaboratively develop plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
5. Crisis Intervention – Be immediately available to the Family Practice and Counseling Network staff during working hours in the event of any psychiatric emergency.
6. Coordinate care of patients with medical/social work/outpatient and outreach staff to treat and manage patients’ chronic emotional and/or health struggles efficiently and effectively.
7. Refer patients to other levels of care or additional services as needed.
8. Participate in monthly clinical supervision with IBH Director.
9. Participate in monthly clinical/administrative group supervision within Integrated Behavioral Health Department.
10. Attend and participate in team meetings, case conferences and interdisciplinary work groups/huddles as scheduled within primary care/behavioral health departments.
11. Ability and cooperation to provide Psych NP coverage at other clinic sites as needed and requested by Director.
12. Maintain competencies in mental health as required by all licensing and funding entities; maintain PA license to practice.
13. Charting – Utilize electronic medical record to document all patient interactions and complete all charting required by contracted funding sources to include assessments, progress notes and billing in a timely fashion.
14. Productivity – Meet productivity standards as established by the corporation.
15. Member of Family Practice and Counseling Network’s Multi-disciplinary Team- Attend and participate in meetings and quality improvement activities as required.
16. Respond to patient or co-worker complaints and work toward a positive resolution of any dispute.
17. Serve as a member of site committees as requested.
18. Participate in evaluation of peers and support staff when requested.
19. Any other duties assigned by supervisor.
- Graduate degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.
- Current Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.
- Current certification: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification or Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Current nationally recognized board certification and federal DEA or in progress.
- Minimum of one year of experience in psychiatric treatment of all ages with prior experience as a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner.
1. Excellent working knowledge of psychopharmacology, behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for behavioral and mental health conditions.
2. Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
3. Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral health conditions via brief patient contact.
4. High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.
5. Ability to complete clinical documentation with concise, clinically relevant information in a timely fashion.
6. Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, behavioral health staff, as well as with administrative and support staff.
7. Knowledge of trauma-informed care and the ability to support individuals on their paths to recovery and healing while resisting re-traumatization of staff and patients.