Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

May 1, 2019

Position Overview:

With the collaboration of the Medical Director and Psychiatrist, the Nurse Practitioner will function in an expanded role in the area of psychiatry. With appropriate medical supervision will assume a comprehensive and responsible function in psychiatric care for patients in the Mental Health Department. Provide care to patients and consultations to physical health and mental health practitioners in the areas of mental health prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation. The scope of practice will include assessment and diagnosis, the prescription of psychotropic medications, the development of treatment plans, and discharge planning. This work is carried out in support of the mission and goals of Ryan Health.

Essential Functions:

  • Assess and evaluate patients in various settings by documenting history, completing psycho-social assessments, mental status exams, risk assessments, make observation of behaviors/interaction, assess and diagnose.
  • Render diagnostic and dispositional judgment and facilitate the patient’s movement into appropriate services. Refer for more specialized testing and evaluation if indicated.
  • Develop, plan, and implement care for each patient, with their involvement to the fullest extent of their abilities. When appropriate, involve significant others including family and other providers of services including residential providers and case managers. Discharge planning including the referral and linkage of patients to appropriate resources.
  • Prescribe medications as needed. Appropriately monitor patient’s psychotropic medication regimen.
  • Document prescriptions in accordance with Ryan Health, State, and all regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Assist patients to achieve their highest level of functioning and achieve symptom elimination or maintenance of symptom stability as clinically appropriate using multiple treatment modalities (individual, group, family), health teaching and counseling.
  • Provide case management to ensure an integrated treatment plan inclusive of the patient’s bio-psycho-social situation to enhance quality patient care. Case management services include: advocacy, support, treatment and integrated service planning between agencies to assure that patients have access to all services available to them both within Ryan Health and in the community at large.
  • Provide home and field visits when necessary for crisis intervention, risk assessment, and collaboration with other agencies.
  • Evaluate care given in consultation with other team members and in peer review.
  • Collaborate and serve as a consultant and resource to team members, other practitioners, and community providers when appropriate for the joint planning and coordination of activities in providing comprehensive care.
  • Participate in Departmental and interdisciplinary committees and assist in the development of procedures and protocols for patient care within the Mental Health Department.
  • Complete all necessary documentation associated with duties, including progress notes, timely and accurate completion of treatment plans, assessments, discharge summaries, referrals, encounter forms, requests for information, and inter-agency forms consistent with Ryan Health, State, and other regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Attend staff meetings, supervision, in-service training, and other meetings as assigned.
  • Practice accepted infection control measures in accordance with the OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Standard, and Ryan Health policies and procedures.
  • Participate in community outreach and education activities to promote the Program and Ryan services.
  • Immediately report any problems or unusual occurrences to supervisor.
  • Must demonstrate a professional, courteous, and respectful attitude in dealing with patients, immediate supervisor, and other employees.
  • Provide clinical guidance to Mental Health Department LPN.
  • Respond to psychiatric and medical emergencies.
  • Must demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient served.


Minimum Experience and Skills Required:

  • Experience in ambulatory psychiatric and healthcare settings.
  • Knowledge and skill in working with SMI and patients with co-occurring substance abuse disorders.
  • Knowledge and skill in psychopharmacology.

Education, Licenses and/or Certifications Required:

  • MA or M.S in Psychiatric or Mental Health Nursing.
  • New York State recognized training as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in Psychiatry. Instruction satisfactory to the Education Department of New York State to issue prescriptions.
  • New York State R.N. License, Certification as a Nurse Practitioner in New York State with a specialty in psychiatry.

Preferred Skills:

  • Certification to treat children and adolescents
  • Spanish language

How To Apply

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