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Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner

TITLE: Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner
REPORTS TO: Chief Medical Officer
WORK WEEK: Anticipate 40 hours per week as needed to accomplish tasks
WAGE CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
OSHA CLASSIFICATION: High  
   
SUMMARY POSITION STATEMENT
The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is responsible for providing direct patient care including diagnostic, preventive, educational and therapeutic mental health services to children, adolescents and adults, with primary focus on children.  The position provides professional expertise and participates in administration of a variety of therapeutic and training programs; also responsible for monitoring client services, ensuring services meet the needs of clients, and are being provided in accordance with best care practices, industry standards, organization guidelines, legal requirements and federal law.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

  • Assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate an effective and efficient program that will appropriately meet the needs of the patient population utilizing best care practices, industry standards, organizational guidelines, appropriate accreditation standards, and applicable federal laws, including HIPAA
  • Secure comprehensive health histories, perform or request special diagnostic and laboratory tests, interpret test results, and develop comprehensive psychiatric treatment plans
  • Provide mental health assessments, diagnosis, and treatment plans in identified areas; lifesaving and support measures in emergency situations; provide medication management for patients; and maintain appropriate health records
  • Prescribe pharmaceutical therapy consistent with medical evaluation, treatment plan and current standards of practice
  • Refer clients for more specialized or inpatient interventions as clinical situations dictate
  • Participate in a team management approach to patient care/treatment
  • Maintain appropriate files; develop and follow through on treatment plans within organizational guidelines; and prepare reports on the clinical management of patients
  • Maintain an understanding of how behavioral health priorities are administered under State of Alaska DHSS guidelines, consult with specialists and colleagues to review and participate in the care of patients receiving indirect/contract medical services
  • Maintain quality care through participation in peer review, policy development and quality improvement programs
  • Maintain appropriate documentation of clinical and counseling services, including all necessary billing information 
  • Ensure accurate and consistent use of encounter forms for all client contacts with behavioral health providers to ensure accurate billing of third party resources
  • Maintain and update professional knowledge and proficiency through continuing education, staff meetings, workshops and serving on special committees
  • Other related duties as assigned

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works under the direct supervision of the Chief Medical Officer, who provides general instructions.  Work is assigned in terms of functional/organization objectives. The Chief Medical Officer will provide guidance in unusual situations which do not have clear precedents and on an as-needed basis.

The employee works independently, resolves problems on the basis of past precedent; exercises judgment in interpreting guidelines and applicability; and ensures deadlines are met.  The employee plans and carries out various stages of a project by selecting and pursuing approved methods and techniques as appropriate.  Assignments are reviewed for quality and compliance with established policies and procedures.

LEGAL CONCEPTS

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Follow federal, state and local legal guidelines
  • Follow license criteria when licensure applies
  • Maintain HIPAA compliance

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Education:  Successfully completed an Advanced Nurse Practitioner course
License:  Alaska license as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Out-of-state professional must be able to acquire Alaska licensure which requires certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing by a nationally recognized body prior to employment  Must be certified to work with Children
Experience:  At least one (1) year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting  Experience in an integrated behavioral health and primary care organization a plus

  • Must have prescriptive authority in the State of Alaska and a valid DEA license
  • Professional knowledge of psychiatric principles, practices, and processes gained through extended clinical study and experience, in order to provide psychiatric care to clients
  • Must be dependable, responsible and able to maintain strict client and organizational confidentiality, adherence to standards for mental health record-keeping and HIPAA requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support certification
  • Must submit and clear a criminal records background check plus a pre-hire drug screen

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Occasional standing, walking, lifting, reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer, telephone, and other office equipment
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriately in person and by phone

CORE VALUES

  • Treat all co-workers and patients with dignity and respect 
  • Project a professional manner and image 
  • Adhere to ethical principles
  • Communicate professionally & effectively – focus on cooperation and win/win outcomes
  • Serve as Community Liaison
  • Follow and enforce the mission of PCHS
  • Abide by the policy & procedures outlined by PCHS including the employee manual
  • Responsibility to report any safety and/or health concerns to management as soon as they become apparent
  • Regular and timely attendance
  • Ability to bring your best work and attitude to PCHS

JOB RELATIONSHIPS

  • Works under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer and in close cooperation with other providers, works with minimal supervision, within the framework of established procedures and protocols
  • Coordinates with other clinic support staff
  • Coordinates with medical providers

***PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING APPLICANT'S STATEMENT TO WHICH
YOU ARE AGREEING TO WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ***

I understand that the employer follows an "at will employment" policy, in that I or the employer may terminate my employment at any time, for any reason consistent with applicable state or federal law. I understand that this application is not a contract of employment. I understand that federal law prohibits the employment of unauthorized aliens; all persons hired must submit satisfactory proof of employment authorization and identity; failure to submit such proof will result in denial of employment. I understand this application will be active for a period of one year; after that time, if I wish to be considered for employment, I must submit a new application.

I voluntarily authorize any present or former employer, firm, school, hospital, university, or government agency and it's employees or agents to release any and all information concerning my former position to any prospective employer, or it's employees or agents, making a request for such information. I understand that the information may include, but is not necessarily limited to, performance reports, transcripts, job descriptions, disciplinary reports and opinions regarding my suitability for the position.
I voluntarily release and hold harmless former employers, schools, hospitals or government agencies, and their employees or agents from any and all claims, liabilities, or damages arising from the disclosure or release of information or opinions concerning my professional qualifications.

I certify that all the statements herein are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and understand that any falsification or willful omission shall be sufficient cause for dismissal or refusal of employment.

I agree to submit to any pre-hire testing PCHS requires.

I am aware of and agree to a background check required by the Alaska Background Check Program and pre-hire drug screen.  I acknowledge that I must clear both before a formal offer can be made by PCHS. 

 

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