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Physician Assistant - Psychiatric
Ref No.: 16-00028
Category: Physician Assistant
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Start Date: 02/29/2016
Psychiatric Physician Assistant
On the Southwest Riviera...

The Community - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio may have an incredibly rich history, but it's also a destination rife with exciting new developments and attractions. One major new draw is the redevelopment of the legendary Pearl Brewery into a hip and artsy Urban Village along a newly completed extension of the enchanting River Walk - this bustling, eco-friendly complex includes shops, restaurants, entertainment and residences. Farther north along the river, the very first public golf venue in Texas, Brackenridge Golf Course, completed a stunning $4.6 million refurbishment in 2009, and in arts news, the prestigious McNay Art Museum nearly doubled in size with the opening of a dramatic new wing done in modernist style. With swank, see-and-be-seen restaurants, shops, and nightspots opening around the city, San Antonio has plenty to offer both new and repeat visitors.

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.
Qualifications
  • 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.
  • 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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