The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner performs psychiatric assessments and medication management for BHR clients, with available consultation/supervision from a psychiatrist.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Medical Services
- As defined by WAC 275-56-175, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner must be an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner as currently licensed in Washington State with prescriptive authority and must possess a minimum of two years experience in the treatment of the mentally ill.
- Maintain current DEA license and necessary certificates/working agreements for prescribing schedule II-V drugs.
TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Depending on program to which assigned, provide diagnostic/psychiatric assessments on adults and/or children.
- Provide services at BHR locations, which may include BHR residential programs, the CSTU, and BHR offices in Thurston, Mason or Grays Harbor Counties.
- Prescribe medications for BHR clients, as adjusting dosage clinically indicated.
- Provide consultation with CSTU staff regarding medication management for clinicians clients staying there.
- Order labs, EKG?s, sleep studies, specialist referrals and medically indicated.
- Utilize BHR?s e-prescribing program for ordering/reordering client medications as needed.
- Perform routine side effects monitoring on assigned clients to include periodic weight, blood pressure, and pulse checks, AIMS assessments.
- Review clients overall adjustments in terms of activities of daily living and ability to cope with life situations at the time of scheduled medication review.
- Administer injectable medication as ordered.
- Meet weekly with CMO for clinical/administrative supervision/consultations.
- Consult with psychiatrist(s) weekly to discuss client care and receive supervision.
- Meet with psychiatric nurses and medical assistants regularly to review treatment of individual clients and offer consultation.
- May act as co-facilitator of client medication groups that offer psycho-education regarding medications.
- Respond to phone calls from clients, family members and significant others regarding medical needs as appropriate.
- Maintain accurate electronic health records in accordance with agency, department, WAC, Title XIX, and other funding and regulatory requirements.
- Be available for consultation with other BHR staff (e.g. therapists/case managers) to discuss medication needs of their clients.
- Participate in agency staff and inservice meetings.
- Participate in medical staff program meetings.
- Arrange transfer of clients medications to other providers as needed.
- As allowed by law, communicate with other treatment providers(e.g. hospital ER?s, PCP?s) about client medications.
- Meet medical department productivity expectations of 62.5% billable face-to-face time.
- Be familiar with current billing and insurance regulations and fulfill those requirements.
- Maintain current professional training relevant to job setting, clinical responsibilities, program needs and license requirements.
- Other duties as negotiated.