Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $97,448.00 - $118,497.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Please Note: This is an "At Will" position under the direct clinical supervision of a Psychiatrist.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Takes complete psychiatric and medical histories; may perform limited physical examinations.
  • Counsels patients regarding matters pertaining to their physical and mental health.
  • Under direction, arranges for hospital admission of patients.
  • Facilitate the referral of clients to appropriate health facilities, agencies, and resources.
  • Assist Staff Psychiatrist; Perform a variety of routine tests; Assists in developing protocols.
  • Maintain records and upkeep of equipment.
  • Assist and provide services to clients requiring continued care.
  • Initiate treatment based on protocols signed by the Staff Psychiatrist.
  • Records findings of mental and/or developmental assessment.
  • Refers conditions needing specialized treatment.
  • Instructs individuals/families regarding skills necessary to maintain or improve mental health.
  • Identifies community resources and guides individuals in their use.
  • Maintains liaison with other professional and agencies providing child/family services.
  • May provide Targeted Case Management services and engage in outreach and other activities to enhance services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:
One year of experience providing outpatient and/or nursing services to include mental health services. Preferred experience would include prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications to consumers with mental illness.

Education:
Graduation from a school approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.

License:
Possession of a valid California Certification as a Nurse Practitioner

Candidates will be required to obtain a Drug Devise Furnishing (NFP) Certificate within 6 months of initial hiring date. Must also obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number to order controlled substances as needed for patient care. Failure to obtain the proper certificate will result in termination.

SOME POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • May provide Targeted Case Management services and engage in outreach and other activities to enhance services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
  • Provide direct client services within scope of licensure.
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Ability to document legibly in client chart pursuant to Medi-cal/Medicare regulations.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures/regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and County regulations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl; Sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination and repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Frequent public contact, concentration in noisy conditions, exposure to emergency situations.
  • Occasional exposure to hazardous materials, cold and heat.
  • Lift and move with help objects weighing over 100 pounds.
  • The employee shall be physically able to handle a "take down" procedure (restrain hostile/violent clients in a crisis situation) as warranted during the course of performing their assigned duties.
  • Duties require exposure to patients who may be hostile, violent, mentally ill, and/or who may have infectious diseases.
  • Positions assigned to the Marie Green In-Patient Unit and Crisis Stabilization Unit work shifts and holidays.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function

Knowledge of:
  • Laws and regulations governing Nurse Practitioner.
  • Causes and treatment of mental and emotional illness.
  • Medical aspects of psychological problems; psychosocial behaviors in illness.
  • Principles and practices of psychiatric diagnosis (per Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder -DSM IV-) and treatment of common mental disorders and medical problems.
  • Psychopharmacological use and effects of medications.
  • Medicare and Medi-cal regulations.
  • Diagnostic protocols; sterile techniques and infection control.
  • Human anatomy and physiology.
  • Disease and modalities of treatment.
  • Routine diagnostic and treatment techniques used in practicing primary care medicine.
  • Social and cultural differences.
  • Ability to:
  • Work effectively as a team member in the delivery of mental health care services.
  • Identify medical problems and psychiatric disorders; develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Evaluate patient behavior and deal effectively with patients and families
  • Perform limited problem focused physical examinations.
  • Analyze crisis situations accurately and take effective action.
  • Speak and write effectively, including preparing clear and concise reports and records.
  • Assess clients and obtain a complete medical and psychiatric history.
  • Support clients in their recovery, assuring consent for medication is obtained.
  • Observe and record symptoms and behaviors.
  • Perform physical examinations, including ordering, interpreting and evaluating diagnostic tests and examinations.
  • Diagnose a medical problem and perform therapeutic procedures.
  • Collect, organize, record, and communicate data relevant to primary health assessments, including a detailed family and medical history.
  • Perform collaboration consultation with Physicians for more complicated health problems.
  • Treat common illness and injury.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
MANAGEMENT LEAVE


May receive, depending upon classification, 96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled consecutive work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE
HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE


Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County.

LIFE INSURANCE

$50,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT
DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.


For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


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