Job Description

Job Title:                        Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health

Reports To:                    Comprehensive Psychiatric Program Manager

Job Summary:                     Provides and manages a high standard of behavioral health medication management and care for patients.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The job duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Other duties that fall within the broad scope of this classification may be assigned.

  • Provides and manages direct care to children, adolescents, and adults (depending on licensing/training), including the comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, follow-up evaluations, basic medical assessments, diagnostic evaluations of labs and imaging or other diagnostic procedures, and treatment for patients within scope of practice.
  • Diagnoses behavioral health and substance use disorders per appropriate DSM-5 and ICD-10 standards.
  • Prescribes psychopharmaceuticals and treatment regimens as appropriate. Refers patients to primary medical provider and other specialists as needed and relevant to patient care as appropriate.
  • Collaborates and communicates with other disciplines, specialties, and agencies across the healthcare continuum.
  • Directs formulation and implementation of multidisciplinary treatment planning that incorporates the patient’s view, values, and beliefs, and that promotes recovery as defined by the patient.
  • Directs and coordinates the patient care activities of nursing, care coordinators, and support staff.
  • Maintains appropriate boundaries while providing a therapeutic relationship, communication, and counseling/psychotherapy.
  • Provides ethical, culturally competent, trauma-sensitive, recovery-oriented, evidence-based care.
  • Identifies patients at risk to self or others and takes steps to ensure the patients’ safety and the safety of others.
  • Ensures completion of tasks, patient labs, imaging, and reports, as well as required paperwork within designated time frames established in policy.
  • Maintains patient records and provides accurate billing data.
  • Participates in specified health promotion, education and/or prevention programs as appropriate.
  • Participates in providing regular and meaningful peer review and feedback to other medical providers.
  • Assists in facilitating and providing training and mentorship to improve and advance professional skills and competence of medical support and other clinical staff.
  • Participates in education of clinical students, as well as community partners and undergraduate students, per the guidelines of CCHCI medical education programs.
  • Participates in all necessary team meetings as needed and scheduled.


Required Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • Graduate Degree from Accredited Nurse Practitioner Program.
  • Current Arizona State Nurse Practitioner License.
  • Board Certification in the area specific to position being filled.
  • Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the necessary skills required may be considered.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Participates in continuing medical education programs to maintain professional competence and skills.
  • Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance may be required if requesting mileage reimbursement.
  • Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card required.


Preferred Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • Two years of previous clinical experience preferred.




Required Language Skills:

  • Ability to comprehend and compose effective instructions, correspondence, and communications in English in both oral and written format.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients, internal providers and staff and other agency staff working in cooperation with the organization.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to occasionally exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to continuously remain in a stationary position.
  • Ability to constantly move about inside the workplace to assist patients, operate office or medical equipment, etc.
  • Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone, and other office machinery.
  • Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents.
  • Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume.
  • Possesses range of body motion and ability to exert enough force to lift and move adult patients.


Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform medical math that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, etc.
  • Familiar with the involuntary commitment process and can ensure patients are referred to an appropriate level of care.
  • Ability to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Ability to skillfully gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments and make decisions requiring considerable independent judgment.
  • Ability to resolve challenges and work under pressure.
  • Displays high level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and Corporate Compliance rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of current principles, methods, and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment within the scope of field of specialty.
  • Knowledge of current, evidence-based preventative primary care within the scope of field of specialty.
  • Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids.
  • Knowledge of health care plans and community health centers.
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Ability to employ motivational techniques to train, mentor, and lead staff.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.


Work Environment & Conditions:

  • Work environment is typical of a health clinic setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work occasionally involves use of needles and other medical equipment with proximity to electrical current, and exposure to moving mechanical parts and some hazardous chemicals.
  • Work requires reliable transportation as position requires occasional travel and extended hours to include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Work requires ability to be contacted by cell phone during or outside of regular work hours.