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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

at La Frontera EMPACT

Job Description

EMPACT-SPC (Suicide Prevention Center), a member agency of La Frontera Arizona, is an industry leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing valued community services and resources for behavioral health counseling, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention since 1987. We are an EEO/AA Employer.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner performs specialized duties in clinical settings or off-site; performs mental health assessments; manages the care of patients within the field of psychiatric mental health; provides health education to these patients. Works in a collaborative strength based, family centered service planning team environment.  Performs clinically sound interventions to support client problem resolution; provides appropriate customer service; maintains appropriate, organized documentation; provides clinical consultation and serves as a source for information and referral.

Essential Job Responsibilities: 

  • Conducts psychiatric evaluations including medical histories. Evaluates complaints of an acute and chronic nature. Formulates an initial diagnosis and treatment plan for individuals with common mental health problems.
  • Provides medication, medication monitoring, medication education, crisis response, direct mental health services, and medical record documentation, as required.
  • Develops working relationships with primary care clinics and coordinates care with PCP's and other professionals as indicated.
  • Provides support, psychotherapy and supportive counseling for clients in regards to psychosocial, environmental, and physical well-being.Collaborates with other professionals for less common and more complicated mental health problems.
  • Provides health education to clients, caregivers and family, as well as staff.
  • Monitors changes of clients with persistent mental illness.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Attends scheduled departmental meetings to maintain connection with other members of the department and to learn of changes within the agency and within the greater mental health community.
  • Participates in supporting the operations of the Agency's Quality Improvement Program as directed.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and positive working relationships and effective ongoing communication with all EMPACT-SPC staff, referring organizations, behavioral health clients, parole officers, case managers, service coordinators and school personnel.
  • Work collaboratively with supervisor in the development and implementation of paperwork procedures.
  • Participate in agency fund raising activities as requested by management.

Skill / Requirements

  • The provider must have completed either a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing.
  • Possession of valid Arizona Registered Nurse License and valid Arizona Nurse Practitioner License is required as an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 
  • Must be eligible to participate in the Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs; must be both privileged and credentialed by the ADHS and Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA). 
  • Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /First Aid Certificate is required. 
  • Experience treating the SMI population is a plus.
  • One (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner, with experience in a psychiatric inpatient unit, psychiatric emergency service, clinic or mental health center. 
  • One (1) year experience in a lead staff role.