- Coordinates delivery of psychiatric services with the Director and Director of Clinic Services and Director of Behavioral Health Services.
- Examine, diagnose and treat mental disorders including but not limited to: anxiety, substance abuse, bi-polar disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders within the scope of the Texas Nursing Practice Act relating to Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
- Performs comprehensive evaluations of patients according to the quality assurance guidelines of psychiatry.
- Review history of present illness and past history as well as social work evaluations.
- Interview patients to obtain insight into their problems.
- Provides mental status evaluations, formulations, diagnosis and detailed treatment plans utilizing a biopsychosocial paradigm.
- Prescribes medications in collaboration with their supervising Psychiatrist responsible for the practice.
- Provides consultations on psychiatric disease to the MHM staff physicians.
- Ensures timely and appropriate records, reports and correspondences necessary and appropriate in connection with all examinations, procedures and other professional services rendered in the clinic are kept and maintained.
- Requests referrals for further diagnostic psychological or medical testing as needed.
- Recognize the connection between mental and physical disorders, order laboratory or other
- Consult with patient family members, community referral sources and MHM behavioral health
- Communicates with patients, patient’s families and others to obtain person and social
information pertinent to the development of adjustment difficulty and to ascertain probable
impact on the individual, unit and community.
- Complies with Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ policies regarding record keeping as related to charges and billing policies for patient services.
- Coordinates with the clinic team to assist in maintaining a smooth running clinic and efficient patient flow
- Maintains patient confidentiality in compliance with HIPAA requirements.
- Assumes responsibilities for ongoing continuing education based on individual identified needs.
- Provides psychiatric services at the Clinics pursuant to agreed upon schedules.
- Coordinates with psychiatry leadership regarding leave time so as to maintain appropriate coverage for services in the Clinic at all times.
- Participates in quality improvement and management, educational programs, or other patient care management programs established by or in conjunction with Clinic services.
- Provides feedback to the Psychiatry Director, Director of Behavioral Health Services and the Clinic Operations Manager regarding the performance of duties of the health care team.
- Initiates contact with Behavioral Health Services for referrals to agencies and community resources.
- Assists in the resolution of complaints, requests and inquiries from patients.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Graduate of an accredited nursing school; graduate of Advance Practice Nursing program. Master’s degree in nursing with certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Two years’ experience as a psychiatric NP, or 5 years as a psychiatric RN.
Ability to read, and analyze legal documents. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from staff, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Fluent in English; Spanish bilingual required.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Certificates and Licenses:
Licensed as an RN/APN in the State of Texas. Prescriptive authority according to the Texas Nursing Practice Act. BLS certification.
Demonstrate working knowledge of the Internet, Outlook, Word, Excel and electronic health records applications.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing 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 team member is exposed to a medical office environment having direct contact with patients and clients. Position necessitates bending, stooping, twisting, turning, walking, climbing step stools, sitting and standing for periods of time. Must be able to lift and maneuver 25 pounds.