Arlington County, Virginia
$83,179.20 - $126,984.00 Annually
May 06, 2022
May 20, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Human Services is seeking a Psychiatric Nurse to provide professional nursing services for the Behavioral Health Care (BHC) Division. This employee is a collaborating member of a team which includes a physician, case managers, mental health therapists, and coordinated service providers. The Psychiatric Nurse provides clinical nursing care with specific consideration of external factors impacting the client's overall health condition and will receive cross training to serve in Behavioral Health Care programs including Adult Outpatient Services, Clarendon House Psychosocial Rehabilitation Day program, Child and Family Services Program, Same Day Access, and Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) clinic.

The BHC Division provides outpatient psychiatric services including health and wellness assessments, education and targeted intervention to seriously mentally ill adults and their families.

Specific duties include:
  • Performing comprehensive health needs assessments and coordinating primary care integration;
  • Conducting health screenings and administering direct care, including administration of IM injectable medications;
  • Referring clients to appropriate resources to promote client well-being;
  • Documenting client records to meet local, state, federal and agency requirements;
  • Providing nursing services for psycho-social day program activities;
  • Documenting and communicating verbally with insurance companies as needed for prior authorization medications;
  • Facilitating linkages with other service providers;
  • Coordinating the Psychiatric clinic in collaboration with the psychiatrist; and
  • Providing psycho-education and classes to consumers.

The successful candidate will possess assessment skills, critical thinking skills and a working knowledge of co-morbid medical conditions in the chronically mentally ill and/or dual diagnosed. The candidate must also be able to work independently, have effective communication skills and be able to work well with a variety of professional staff.

About DHS:
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services, please click here.

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university;
  • Considerable experience providing nursing care in a psychiatric setting serving clients with mental health, substance abuse, or developmental disabilities that demonstrates knowledge of the impact they have on physical health.
Certification and licensing requirement:

  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia or by endorsement from another state to practice professional nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Substitution: Education may be substituted by additional directly related experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Providing mental health services in a community setting;
  • Providing case management services; and
  • Working with chronic medical conditions in the mental health/substance abuse populations.

Special Requirements
A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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