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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Part Time

Company: Fred Finch Youth Center
Location: Oakland
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Job Description:

Job Summary:

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works closely with multidisciplinary clinic, community based,

or school-based treatment teams supporting children, youth and young adults with mental

illness to function optimally in residential, home, community and school settings. The Psychiatric

Nurse Practitioner provides medication support services and diagnostic consultation, collaborates

closely with other team members, prescribes psychotropic medication, and documents all services

provided. Along with the rest of the team, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is active in supporting

and implementing individualized, strengths-based, culturally responsive, participant/family centered

approaches to treatment.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Direct Care and Intervention: 1) Provides psychiatric assessment and evaluation to participants

in office, home, school, or other community settings. 2) Prescribes and is responsible for

psychotropic medication treatment. 3) Determines need for additional medical evaluations and

referrals. 4) Provides leadership in linking participants with physical health resources and

providing health education. 5) Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, all

information to and from team members related to participant care. 5) Participates in scheduled

treatment planning meetings for each assigned participant. 6) Consults with other members of the

participant?s treatment team regarding participant?s mental health issues and may recommend

service components to best meet each participant?s individual needs. 7) Responds with flexibility

to participant needs, providing crisis intervention and medication support during work hours and

non-work hours as assigned. 8) Provides developmentally appropriate treatment services

consistent with program model and involving multiple systems planning and coordination.

Clinical Responsibilities and Competencies: 1). Completes thorough assessments when

evaluating participant?s needs; makes recommendations for treatment; demonstrates knowledge of

individual and family assessments, diagnosis, differential treatment approaches and interventions

including intensive case management services. 2) Utilizes participant/family information and

preferences, scientific evidence and clinical judgment to determine diagnostic and therapeutic

decision. 3) Performs medication monitoring that meets the standards and quality for this position

and competency level. 4) Provides participants a thorough presentation of risks, benefits, and

alternatives to treatment (informed consent). 5) Provides effective counseling and education to

participants and their families. 6) Applies knowledge to clinical problem-solving, clinical decisionmaking,

and critical thinking. 7) Utilizes effective listening and interpretive skills. 8) Adheres to

principles of confidentiality, informed consent, and business practices. 9) Displays consistent

sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse participant population, including but not limited to

diversity in gender, age culture, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. 10) Shows respect

for other members of the clinical team, management and support staff. 11) Fulfills assigned

clinical responsibility (i.e. is reliable and available). 12) Demonstrates knowledge of

child/adolescent/young adult development and emotional disorders as relevant to program?s target

population. 13) Communicates effectively with participant, family and external agencies as

appropriate across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. 14) Collaborates

with other members of the clinical team for the coordination and management of ongoing care.

Community Leadership: Acts as an emissary for FFYC in every community situation. 2)

Participates in community committees and presentations as assigned.

Under the Supervision of an M.D.: 1) Provides psychiatric diagnosis

and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment of routine, urgent, and emergent mental

health problems. 2) Furnishes and dispenses medications (including controlled substances). 3)

Orders laboratory tests and imaging studies. 4) Ensures ongoing collaboration with primary care

providers and specialists in due course. 5) Provides referrals for specialty care/consultation. 6)

Assesses, diagnoses, and provides treatment of general medical conditions incident to psychiatric


Documentation/Administrative Duties:) Demonstrates knowledge of documentation standards

and capacity to meet documentation expectations including maintaining participant records in an

orderly and timely manner. 2) Ensures individual progress notes are well-organized and concise.

3) Utilizes the Electronic Health Record system (s) effectively to complete all clinical

documentation. 4) Comprehends and meets all charting and billing deadlines. 5) Adheres to

administrative and productivity goals (up to 85% depending upon program). 6) Participates in

internal and community-based quality assurance as assigned. 7) Verifies all aspects of

documentation meet or exceed county, state and federal guidelines. 8) Meets all HIPAA standards

in safeguarding and providing PHI to others.

Professional Development: 1) Participates in weekly supervision and group supervision meetings

as assigned. 2) Maintains current certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center

(ANCC) as a Psychiatric /Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 3) Maintains CPR/ Basic Life Support

Certification. 3) Participates in trainings and provides training as assigned.

Professional Conduct: 1) Maintains excellent professional boundaries and adheres to all

professional ethical standards including abuse reporting, maintenance of participant

confidentiality, exhibiting moral and ethical behavior. 2) Adheres to all agency and program

policies including Boundary Code of Ethics, Core Competencies, Code of Conduct, Employee

Handbook and state and federal regulations.


1) May drive on Agency business as required. 2) Other related duties as assigned.



1. Active, unrestricted CA RN license in good standing or an active, unrestricted CA NP

Certificate (or Certificate Eligible) or a Master of Science or Master of Nursing degree

from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program.

2. Successful completion of a graduate-level Psychiatric NP Specialty Program Accredited

by the CA BRN (preferred); OR substantive clinical training. If graduated from a nonPNP

program, individual will be supervised in their practice until deemed competent to

function independently.

3. Valid CA BRN issued Furnishing License (or able to obtain within 9 months of hire).

4. Valid DEA Schedule II certificate (or DEA Number eligible) (or able to obtain within 9

months of hire).

5. National Board Certification in nursing required (or Board Eligible with testing for

certification within 6 - 12 months of licensure or hiring, whichever is later).

6. One or more years of experience in the specialty field of psychiatric nursing.

7. Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in working with diverse families and communities.

8. Demonstrated understanding of the developmental milestones of children, youth, or young

adults to provide to provide care, treatment and services.

9. Clean driving record; current CA Driver's License or ability to obtain within 10 days after


10. Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.

11. Access to dependable transportation available and personal car insurance.


1. Certification in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing.

2. Experience with team-based models for assisting young adults with significant mental

illness to live in the community.

3. Knowledge in philosophies of community psychiatry, evidence-based practices

(particularly ACT and Motivational Interviewing), recovery, resilience, family systems,

and interdisciplinary team work, etc.

4. Knowledge of theoretical and pharmacologic issues related to clinical treatment of

common psychiatric disorders.

5. Experience working with young adults utilizing strength-based therapeutic approaches.

6. Fluency in prevailing language(s) of the community.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must

be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. The noise

level in the work environment is usually quiet and, at all times, maintained within safe California

Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) standards.


1. Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers,

supervisors, and youths.

2. Prepares clearly and concisely written reports and summaries.

3. Must be able to comprehend, follow, and clearly convey instructions to others.

4. Must be computer proficient and be able to work on a computer for up to 20 hours per


Physical Activities

1. Must be able to bend, lift as much as 25 lbs, and walk up to a mile at one time.

2. Must be able to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine

coordination including use of a computer keyboard.

3. Must be licensed and have the ability and skill to drive cars, vans, or other vehicles. May

require driving up to 4 (four) hours at a time.

4. Must be able to respond quickly to emergencies, and to learn and implement Pro-ACT (or

other agency approved training).

5. Must be able to physically monitor youths to ensure they do not hurt themselves or others.

6. The job has potential for injury or harm, and the ability to assess and avoid threats posed

by participants and the community is necessary to maintain safety.


Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options)

Employer matching 401(k) retirement plan

Employer paid life insurance

Employee Assistance Program

Flexible Spending Account (both medical and dependent care)

8 Paid holidays

21 days of Paid Time Off

Keywords: Fred Finch Youth Center, Oakland , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Part Time, Healthcare , Oakland, California

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