The Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) will focus on providing high quality patient care as part of a healthcare team. Complexity level – diagnosis and care of patients/clients with persistent to severe mental illness, medication management, addictions and addictive personalities, victims of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, traumas. Works with the behavioral and mental health teams cross departmentally within Pillars Community Health. Collaborates with providers and OLP’s. Screening – Brief Intervention -Referral to Treatment = SBIRT is a large part of the position with children, adolescents and adults. SBIRT is a federal grant program designed to link medical and behavioral care together.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Diagnose and treat acute, episodic or chronic mental illnesses.
- Prescribe all necessary medications and treatments.
- Perform comprehensive psychological examinations of patients.
- Develop and present for consideration/recommendation, ongoing patient medication management policies and procedures that coincide with the philosophy of evidence-based approach to total physiological and psychological healthcare.
- Facilitate referrals to other healthcare professionals in and out of Community Nurse Health Center.
- Communicate with collaborating physician and other specialists in providing tailored and ongoing continuum of care for each patient.
- Responsible for performing the necessary functions of the integrated care position including screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (elements of an SBIRT model) in accordance with agency Scope of Practice Guidelines, practice certifications, agency privileging, protocols, and standing orders.
- Complete “curb-side” consultation with medical providers regarding the status of medical patients.
- Assist in brief intervention for medical patients including, but not limited to, utilizing motivational interviewing, behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in brief appointments or in the context of medical appointments
- Complete referrals to behavioral health team and track response to referrals
- Facilitate universal screenings of all medical patients 12 years old and older in the areas of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and domestic violence
- Facilitate screenings annually during a wellness visit or preventive care visit
- Follow up with all patients referred for ongoing behavioral health care by the BH team while patients are waiting on a wait list, if applicable, to ensure continuity of care
- Consult with medical providers and behavioral health team regarding the level of care needed for all medical patients screened
- Collaborate with the BH Team (Pillars) to consult about patients and various levels of care needed
Patient Records and Data Collection
- Ensure all patient records, charts and all related documentation is maintained current and consistent with best practices in the health care field, in accordance with agency policies and, as well as within all relevant laws and regulations
- Responsible for documentation and coding of patient care; records all interactions and scoring or screenings
- Maintains patient information and confidentiality in accordance with applicable laws and Agency policies
- Facilitate and coordinate data collection efforts in conjunction with the BHI Project Team
Care Coordination and Integration
- Collaborate with other medical and behavioral health professionals to develop, implement, audit and modify procedures for screening, assessment, brief intervention, and referral to treatment
- Work collaboratively with onsite behavioral health team to manage the needs of patients
- Participate care coordination meetings with medical, psychiatric, and behavioral health providers
- Collaborate with BHI Coordinator and BHI Team in monthly administrative and care coordination meetings to facilitate the ongoing mission of integration of health services, and to carry out the goals and focus areas of the BHI grant along with the team
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
Must be an Advanced-Practice Registered Nurse in the state of Illinois who has completed a master’s program in nursing (MSN) or doctoral degree program (DNP) from an accredited program.
Holds a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP – BC) credential.
Previous experience in nursing or other medical fields
Prior experience working in a federally qualified health center preferred
Ability to build rapport with patients. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong leadership qualities
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