SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER
Under direction, performs mental health evaluations including psycho-social assessments of individuals, establishes psychiatric diagnosis; orders and evaluates diagnostic tests; formulates treatment plans and manages follow-up care; and performs other work as required.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a highly skilled practitioner who has advanced education and clinical training in the diagnosis and management of patient mental health and emotional disorders. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners must practice in collaboration with a psychiatrist and responsibilities include providing complete psychiatric assessments which may include physical assessments and examinations, psychiatric diagnosis, providing medical supervision and psychotropic medication management as treatment of both chronic and episodic psychiatric disorders.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners differs from Nurse Practitioners in that the former has completed an advance practice graduate education program in the assessment and management of psychiatric conditions and are able to perform primary outpatient, diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for a wide variety of mental health individuals with complex chronic and acute psycho-social conditions, under the supervision of a physician licensed by the California Board of Medicine.
· Performs comprehensive psychiatric and physical evaluations including mental health status examinations, assesses current and past history of violence, suicidal or self-harm behavior, substance use/abuse, level of functioning, health behaviors, trauma, sexual behaviors, multigenerational family assessment and social and developmental history to identify the nature of the individuals’ illness and establish diagnosis;
· Performs mental health services, including crisis intervention, and coordinates mental and physical health services for clients with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring physical disorders;
· Plans a program of care, in collaboration with physicians, other medical professionals, clients and families; recommends and arranges for hospital admission of individuals; coordinates and facilitates referrals; assumes ongoing responsibility for follow-up care;
· Furnishes psychotropic medications under the supervision of a staff psychiatrist and in accordance with standardized procedures; monitors individuals’ response(s) to medication; and educates individuals and members of their support system;
· Evaluates and interprets findings of relevant mental health diagnostic and laboratory tests;
· Reviews charts; record, document and maintain accurate records of assessments, evaluations, nursing/medical care administered, patient response, and follow-ups;
· Teaches and counsels individuals and families’ information and skills necessary to maintain or improve mental health; advocates for the promotion of good physical and mental health;
· Collaborates with multidisciplinary team to deliver coordinated patient care;
· May assist in training and provide direction to other nursing staff;
· May assist in updating clinic protocols or standardized procedures;
· Serves in departmental and related committees as requested; attend meetings;
· May input, access and analyze data using a computer;
· May provide vacation and illness relief for other staff.
Thorough knowledge of:
Working knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
· Possession of a master’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in a clinical field related to nursing, or a graduate degree in nursing.
· Completion of a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
· Possession and maintenance of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
· Possession and maintenance of a valid Nurse Practitioner Certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
· Possession and maintenance of a valid Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Furnishing Certificate enables a Nurse Practitioner to administer and/or order medications).
· Possession and maintenance of a valid Controlled Substance Registration Certificate – Schedules II – V issued by Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (Controlled Substance Registration Certification [DEA #]) enables a Nurse Practitioner the ability to order level II – V controlled substance medications).
· Possession and maintenance of a valid California C driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority
Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
Environmental Factors: Exposure to odors, blood and other bodily fluids, communicable diseases, hostile or violent individuals, exposure to noise and people yelling; and may be exposed to cigarette smoke.
Hours: Availability to work a flexible schedule, if needed.
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 57
Workers Comp Code: 0290