PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Location
Virginia
Salary
$86,424.00 - $131,996.80 Annually
Posted
Jun 11, 2021
Closes
Jul 02, 2021
Ref
6116-21A-DHS-EM
Function
Nurse
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County Department of Human Services is currently recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner position within its Psychiatric Services Bureau in the Behavioral Healthcare Division . The organization is a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, dynamic behavioral healthcare agency, providing critical services to Arlington County residents.

To learn more about Arlington County's Psychiatric Services, please visit DHS .

The individual selected for this position will support the Psychiatric Services outpatient services team, and participate on an inter-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, public health nurses, pharmacy, staff, and administrative staff to provide services, collaborate with external providers, and incorporate health and wellness needs into the overall plan of care of client's served.

Responsibilities include:
  • Conducting psychiatric assessments of clients;
  • Ongoing psychiatric management, including psychopharmacological treatment, psychotherapeutic support, and crisis intervention in collaboration with the treatment team and clinical supervisors;
  • Assuring comprehensive healthcare needs are identified and treated;
  • Educating clients about their illness and providing health management information and techniques;
  • Documenting clinical care and services provided; and
  • Providing backup psychiatric provider coverage as needed, mainly consisting of after-hours telephone call responsibilities and back-up to crisis stabilization program.
The successful candidate will have proven experience with psychopharmacologic management of individuals who have chronic mental illness and/or dual diagnosed. The candidate must be able to work independently, have effective communication skills, and work well with an interdisciplinary team.

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 a college or university program accredited by the American Nurses' Association;
  • A Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing, which required a clinical mental health practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services; and
  • Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner in Virginia.
Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree (Doctorate) may substitute for the Master's Degree education requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:
  • A Minimum of one year clinical experience as a certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that includes providing direct psychiatric treatment including prescribing psychiatric medication to individuals with serious mental illness in an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment facility;
  • Outpatient crisis services or crisis unit such as a hospital emergency department;
  • Working in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit; and/or
  • Current healthcare provider CPR certification from the American Heart Association.


Special Requirements

Must be certified or eligible for certification as an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Board of Nursing and the Board of Medicine may issue certification by endorsement to an applicant who has been certified as a Nurse Practitioner by another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.

Must be licensed or eligible for license by endorsement to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse in Virginia. The Board of Nursing may issue a license by endorsement to an applicant who has been licensed as a professional nurse by another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the 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. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Must have DEA prescriptive authority.

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

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