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Physician Assistant - Psychiatric
Ref No.: 16-00030
Category: PA - Physician Assistant
Location: Killeen, Texas
Start Date: 02/29/2016
Psychiatric Physician Assistant
Just Plain Fun!!

The Community - Killeen, TX
Temple and Killeen are located in Central Texas. The area continues to see unprecedented growth in its business sector. This growth has caused a ripple effect in the quantity and quality of entertainment, dining and shopping venues available in and around Temple. During the past year, Temple has experienced this ripple effect in many areas. The Premiere Cinema 12 expanded its 12-screen theater to 16 screens, the Czech Heritage Museum relocated from inside the SPJST insurance Co. into its current building, a larger building on the corner of French and 3rd Street; and the Temple Civic Theatre combined efforts with Temple College so that performances could be seen in the larger Temple College Performing Arts Center. These are just a few examples of the recent growth that is sure to continue. Killeen is directly adjacent to the main cantonment of Fort Hood, and as such its economy heavily depends on the post and the soldiers (and their families) stationed there.

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.
  • 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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