Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Position Summary: The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is an integral part of our clinical services team, providing psychiatric care to participants in order to promote wellness, recovery and rehabilitation within the Harm Reduction Model.  Responsibilities are implemented within the framework of agency policy, professional ethics and regulatory guidelines. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner may be assigned to more than one team and collaborates with Integrated Care and Housing First staff to ensure optimal use of psychiatric time in meeting goals and objectives.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete an Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and Mental Status Exam for new participants and meet with all assigned participants at least monthly, depending on level of participant willingness.
  • Complete Annual Psychiatric Evaluation for each participant.
  • Provide appropriate psychiatric treatment for assigned participants as prescribed by the participant-driven goal plan.
  • Provide assessments and crisis interventions for psychiatric emergencies.
  • Document all participant encounters in Credible EHR system and on the designated form within 24 hours of the encounter.
  • Write orders and prescriptions for medications using E-scripts, and monitor the efficacy and side effects, insure that refills are provided and available in a timely fashion so there is no lapse in medication adherence.
  • Work closely with the team and the participant in developing and following an optimal treatment/service plan.
  • Provide clinical consultation to the team, participating in rounds, check-in meetings and case-reviews.
  • Collaborate with the nursing staff to coordinate prescriptions and orders, and to oversee the overall health and wellness of the participants.
  • Establish and maintain a consistent and specific office and home visit work schedule in Credible which ensures monthly participant psychiatric engagement and/or treatment,
  • Participate in facilitating appropriate hospitalizations, crisis interventions and referrals including involuntary commitments and related mental health court appearances
  • Communicate with hospital staff to ensure optimal treatment and discharge planning.
  • Coordinate with clinical leadership team on policies and procedures for the provision and coordination of care.
  • Provide in-services and trainings for staff.
  • Provide behavioral health supervision and administrative direction to psychiatric residents including collaborating with local hospital to arrange rotations at Pathways.
  • Organize group education programs, as appropriate, for homeless people.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Essential Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Nurse practitioner in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which must be unrestricted and active
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in a related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with disabilities and other minority populations

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Mostly office environment but will require some work in participants home or community. Significant sitting and interaction with agency participants is required.

 

 

The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies.

 

How to Apply: 

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to hr@pathwaystohousingpa.org. Please indicate the position in your email's subject line.

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