Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

Job Classification: Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse– HHC

Summary: The Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse provides quality psychiatric services to Heartland Health Outreach's medical populations, emphasizing psycho-education, management of symptoms and treatment of mental illness. The role of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice nurse in a community setting is a response to society's demand for accessible quality psychiatric care to all populations regardless of socio-economic status. The Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse practices in collaboration with and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes, but is not limited to the medical providers, social workers, RNs and medical assistants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completes psychiatric evaluations and medication reviews in accordance with program standards.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team to ensure continuity of care according to program standards.
  • Manages and evaluates the plan of care, process and outcome and modifies the plan as needed.
  • Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on participant records and program reports according to organization standards within designated timelines.
  • Adheres to collaborative practice principles of respect and joint decision-making where applicable.
  • When in clinic, provides and assists with psychiatric emergencies, including hospitalization.
  • May provide presentations to multi-disciplinary professionals and community agencies, as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Disseminates information about services provided to other agencies or heath care professionals as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Participates in quality improvement collaborative peer review.
  • Assumes the responsibility for professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others within the treatment team by serving as a psychiatric consultant.
  • Assumes the responsibility for maintaining competence in clinical practice by:
  • Developing and maintaining a case load to enhance continuity of care and meet organization productivity standards.
  • Participating in appropriate educational activities in order to maintain Board certification and continue professional growth. .
  • Practices within the legal, ethical and professional guidelines established by: American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians, American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Society of Addiction Medicine, private funding sources, Agency plans/policies, HIPAA, HA Ethics and program guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Manager to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience. Active Illinois Registered Nurse licensure and Advanced Practice Nurse License; Bachelors degree in nursing and/or Master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a certification as a Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; one to three years of nursing experience.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Active Illinois Registered Nurse licensure, Active Illinois Advanced Practice Nurse License; Active IL Controlled Substance License and DEA required prior to start date.

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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 with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit.
  • The employee must use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • The employee must reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee may frequently be exposed to air- and/or blood-born pathogens.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be required to visit patients in their homes or in institutions.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


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