Sep 07, 2018
Sep 21, 2018
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. The employee works within the Behavioral Health Care Division. The BHC Division provides outpatient psychiatric services including health and wellness assessments, education and targeted intervention to seriously mentally ill adults and their families. 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. The Psychiatric Nurse 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.

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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.

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.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university, plus at least one year of experience in a psychiatric setting, serving clients with mental health, substance abuse or developmental disabilities that demonstrates knowledge the impact they can have on physical health; and the ability to perform technical nursing procedures, administer treatments and medications, develop solutions to clinical operational problems; communicate sensitive information both orally and in writing, and assess risk and make decisions regarding the criticality of care issues.

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.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Community or inpatient psychiatric experience.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered

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