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DATE:8/19/13
STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$95,241 - $125,880
TITLE:NURSE PRACTITIONER
GRADE:34C
DEPARTMENT:Community Support & Treatment Services
LOCATION:555 Towner
UNION AFFILIATION:Non-Union Employees
JOB SUMMARY:
Works under the supervision of a higher classified employee. The Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced education and training in behavioral health. An expert practitioner, the NP provides direct psychiatric care, included a delegated prescriptive authority under the Medical Director. The NP also provides education and consultation to consumers and to the clinical team. The NP also provides linkages with the consumer¿s primary care practitioner. The NP is encouraged to identify research questions and to participate in research, and is expected to take a clinical leadership role within the team. The NP may provide services in clinic, home and other community based settings.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Essential Duties:

  • Psychiatric assessment, consultation, and/or participation in service planning for individual clients.
  • Ongoing monitoring of consumer progress and mental status as indicated in the treatment plan.
  • Prescribing and monitoring of psychiatric medications as determined by clinical need.
  • Assessment of abnormal involuntary movements.
  • Provision of individual therapy.
  • Co-facilitation of group therapy.
  • Education of consumers regarding at risk behaviors that predispose to medical illness or other risk.
  • Health screening for symptoms indicative of active disease.
  • Consultation to treatment team to inform and educate in salient aspects of consumer health, relationship between psychosocial and physical health issues, and appropriate use of psychotropic medications, their side effects, toxicity, etc.
  • Community caregiver consultations.
  • Participates in the multidisciplinary team via team meetings, formal or informal consultation, and join meetings with the client, etc. to ensure that consumers receive coordinated, comprehensive care.
  • Prepares records and administers medication and treatment, noting and evaluating side effects.
  • Engages in research endeavors undertaken by the program.
  • Participates in administrative duties as assigned by the Medical Director, which include being a member of, or chairing committees.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
EMPLOYMENT QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge and skill in:

  • Principles of nursing practice
  • Human anatomy/physiology across the age span
  • Wellness and illness in all body systems
  • Using sound independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines
  • Maintaining accurate files and records
  • Principles and practices, applicable laws and regulations covering health and psychiatric services
  • Psychiatric diagnosis, evaluation and treatment
  • Psychotropic medications; indications, contraindications, medication interactions, and monitoring
  • Assessment of involuntary movements associated with medications
  • Individual and group therapy modalities
  • Co-occurring disorders and appropriate treatment approaches
  • Approaches and techniques of psycho education
  • Community resources
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within a team structure
  • Principles and practices of community based research
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and community environments where staff are assigned and to use standard office equipment include a computer, vision to read printed materials, and VDT screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
  • Duties may require employee to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
EDUCATION
Master's degree in nursing required.
EXPERIENCE
Minimum of two years of nursing experience
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION
Certification or eligibility for certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center including: Graduation from an accredited Master¿s or Post-Master¿s program prepared to practice as either an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; an Adult Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse; a Family Psychiatric and Mental health Nurse Practitioner, or a Family Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner which includes: Advanced health assessment to include both physical and mental health; pathophysiology; pharmacology or psychopharmacology; diagnosis and medication management of psychiatric illness (clinical practicum) AND clinical training at the graduate or post-graduate level in at least two (2) psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.

FILING DEADLINE: 9/6/13

CONTROL NUMBER: 1308-641-3445-0003

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