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Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatric
Ref No.: 16-00026
Category: NP - Nurse Practitioner
Location: Austin, Texas
Start Date: 02/29/2016
ARNP - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatric
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The Community - Austin, TX
Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area, then part of Mexico. In 1837, settlers founded the village of Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado River, the first permanent settlement in the area. By 1839, Waterloo would adopt the name Austin and the frontier town would become the capital of the Republic of Texas. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas.

Job Description (includes but is not limited to)
To provide short-term, face-to-face therapeutic assessments with the intent to provide medication management ONLY. Some of the most common issues the NP or PA address are (but not limited to): drug/alcohol abuse and dependency, depression, anxiety, stress/tension, grief, PTSD and suicidal ideation. Shall provide quality medication management and crisis medication management to clients as they present for services. Administrative and Professional services include, scheduling follow-up visits and maintaining appropriate clinical notes of each session as required.
  • Provides psychiatric nursing care as a case manager as the liaison and advocate for patients by assisting in coordinating continuing care for those with acute and chronic psychiatric problems.
  • Participates as a member of the Department of Behavioral Medicine, Psychiatry Service within the context of a multidisciplinary team that coordinates care for psychiatric patients. Activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Assist patients/family members in accessing the appropriate level of psychiatric problems.
    • Collaborate with families, case managers, discharge planning and multidisciplinary team to ensure appropriate utilization of health care resources.
  • Performs direct patient care to include:
    • Conducting psychiatric triage; performing psychiatric-assessments to determine appropriate diagnostic impress according to current guidance.
    • Determine appropriate patient disposition (admission or outpatient care); educating patients and family members, and significant others about the illness/condition, medication, and available resource.
    • Administering prescribed medications; facilitating groups; and providing patient counseling.
  • Current active unencumbered license from any state or territory of the United States.
  • Have and maintain current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) by the American Heart Association.
  • Master's Degree and Licensure of an MSN, MHSA, APRN-BC and or an Equivalent
  • Initial Assessment with Medication Management Follow-up
  • CISD Certified a Plus
  • Contract Psychiatric Nurse must have successfully completed competency-based training on the following tasks:
    • Application and use of restraints
    • Performing Mental Status Exams
    • Conducting community meetings
    • Facilitating task and education groups
    • Co-facilitating group therapy
    • Performing Special Watch Procedures
  • Pass the NLN Psychiatric Medication Test with a minimum score of 80 percent.
  • Possess the knowledge and actions and dosages of most commonly used psychotropic medications.
  • Minimum of one year of experience within the last three years caring for psychiatric patients.
  • Must have sufficient training and experience to effectively provide psychological services for patients and family members as it relates to the practice of clinical/counseling psychology and clinical/behavioral health psychology.
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