$79,206.40 - $120,931.20 Annually
Jan 07, 2022
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a Psychiatric Nurse to provide professional nursing services for the Behavioral Health Care (BHC) 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 serve the Same Day Access and Emergency Services programs and will receive cross training for other Behavioral Health Care programs including Adult Outpatient Services, Clarendon House Psychosocial Rehabilitation Day program, and Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) clinic.

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 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 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.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing;
  • Considerable experience providing nursing care 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
  • Experience performing technical nursing procedures, administering medications, and developing solutions that integrate client's primary care status with client's psychiatric treatment goals.
Certification and licensing requirement:

  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia or by endorsement from another state.
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
Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver license, or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties 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 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.

Covid-19 Vaccination: 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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