Psychiatric Nurse

6 days left

$62,857.60 - $98,217.60 Annually
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
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.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services, please visit DHS.

Responsibilities 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

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university;
  • At least one year of experience in a psychiatric setting serving clients with mental health, substance use or developmental disabilities that demonstrates knowledge of the impact they have on physical health; and
  • The ability to perform technical nursing procedures, administer medications, develop solutions that integrate client's primary care status with client's psychiatric treatment goals, communicate sensitive information, both orally and in writing, and assess risk related to client's mental health in conjunction with other health care professionals.
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 community or inpatient psychiatric experience.

Special Requirements

An online application is required.

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'sdriving 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.
This position is part of an alternative pay program that includes career path and pay-for-performance elements. Starting pay within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience. Pay potential will be based on performance and development.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Employee must be licensed or eligible for licensure by endorsement from another state to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse in Virginia. Please provide the following:
  • Valid RN license number:
  • Date of issuance and expiration:
  • State of Issuance:


Do you have at least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in psychiatric nursing or in other nursing environments serving individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Yes
  • No


Please select if you have experience in the following:
  • Providing mental health services in a community setting
  • Providing case management services
  • Working with chronic medical conditions in the mental health/substance abuse populations.
  • None of the above


Please describe how your background and experience have prepared you for this position.


This announcement may be used to fill similar vacancies in the future. Please indicate your area(s) of interest. Check all that apply.
  • I am interested in full-time employment
  • I am interested in part-time employment

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