Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) (63071)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Public Health

Job Description

Type of Appointment: Full-Time, Probationary
Collective Bargaining Unit: California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) - Unit 2

Classification Salary Range: $4,742 - $9,149 per month
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,742 - $6,211 per month

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is one component of the Student Health and Wellbeing Cluster within the Division of Student Affairs. This cluster stresses the University's commitment to preventative and holistic approaches to wellbeing in support of students and the institution's mission and strategic plan. In addition to CAPS, this cluster includes Student Health and Wellness Services (SHW), the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Survivor Advocacy Services (SAS) and the Integrated Care Network (INC). As a part of the cluster of Student Health and Wellbeing, CAPS mission is to advance the academic and personal success of Cal Poly Pomona students by promoting community wellness, removing psychological barriers, facilitating self-awareness, and cultivating personal strengths through providing culturally relevant mental health services.


Evaluation, Diagnosis, Treatment & Follow-Up

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner performs medical/psychiatric evaluations and provides care for students with psychiatric disorders. Interview and consult on urgent cases when requested to do so by Student Health and Wellness or Counseling and Psychological Services staff. Assist in the disposition of patient care cases. Prescribes and monitors psychotropic medications, advising patients of potential benefits and side effects and providing instruction on drug administration and actions to take in the event of side effects. Orders lab tests as appropriate. Supplies ongoing treatment and follow-up as appropriate. Offers consultation to Student Health and Wellness and Counseling and Psychological Services providers on management of uncomplicated psychiatric disorders. Provides presentations to Student Health and Wellbeing Cluster on psychiatric disorders as needed.

The incumbent collaborates directly with Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health and Wellness for an interdisciplinary approach to mental health cases. Assures appropriate management of psychiatric cases, which may include assuming overall management of challenging clinical cases under the guidance and lead of the psychiatrist. Responsible for assuring continuous and ongoing quality, accessibility and safety of psychiatric services to the students.

The incumbent maintains professional standards of documentation by utilizing the electronic medical record. Note records need to be consistent with state laws and ethical standards. Notes must be succinct, legible and accurate and completed in a timely fashion. Informed consent is obtained and documented where applicable. Medication allergies and side effects are documented appropriately. Initial intake, closing summaries, referral forms and other required documents are completed appropriately. Some evening and weekend hours may be required to address university community needs.

Psychoeducation & Consultation

Provide education to students and their families (with proper releases to disclose information) on prescribed medications to ensure medication adherence. Consult and serve as a resource for other treatment staff on psychopharmacology and medical aspects of student care (may include in-service trainings to Student Health and Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services, Integrated Care Network, and Disability Resource Center staff.) Provide consultation to family members, faculty and staff regarding students who are distressed or experiencing psychiatric disorders.

Crisis Intervention and Follow-up

Provide expertise to the university community regarding issues that affect the educational, velopmental, and psychiatric wellbeing of students; assist as needed during crisis interventions in student health and wellness and CAPS. This may include identification and implementation of case management strategies, situation assessment and management, facilitation of care and appropriate disposition is emphasized. Collaborates with the Integrated Care Network to conduct a needs assessment to identify the type of support a student may need when returning to campus after a 7+ days leave of absence (ie. interim suspension, hospitalization, illness, etc).

Administrative Duties

In collaboration with the psychiatrist, contributes to the establishment of policy regarding psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, referral, confidentiality, release of information to and from outside professional sources, record keeping and any other issues affecting standards of practice for psychiatry.
Contributes to review of mental health records according to departmental standards, policies and procedures, quality of care issues and QI studies. Schedule to be determined in conjunction with the Counseling and Psychological Services Director to best meet the needs of the CPP student population.

Within the Student Health Center building communicates with Student Health Director and Psychiatrist as appropriate to ensure safety related to psychiatric patient issues which may impact patient care and safety and contributes to their resolution. Works closely with the Lead Physician and Psychiatrist in the Student Health Center. Reports to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services or designee on all issues which may impact mental health client care and safety and contributes to their resolution. Serves on University's committees as needed. Hours of operation are Barn to 5pm Monday through Friday and may include some evenings in the event of a clinical emergency.


Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience as a Registered Nurse. Comprehensive knowledge of advanced nursing care principles, methods and procedures. Specialty training in Psychiatry and experience working as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Strong experience working with a diverse population and a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Ability to work independently in assigned specialized area according to broad guidelines and practices established by a physician/psychiatrist. Ability to conduct diagnostic examinations and to treat both chronic and episodic mental health disorders. Ability to assess patient needs and recommend next steps. Ability to observe and record unique symptoms and behaviors. Ability to plan, organize and provide consultation to other health providers. Ability to partner, collaborate and create relationships with colleagues with diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds and needs, such as clinical, community, campus and administrative leaders. Effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to remain calm and take action in crisis/emergency situations; ability to initiate, develop organize and follow-through on projects; Ability to identify and work independently and collaboratively with others.


-Registered Nurse with a master's degree from an accredited college or university.
-A minimum of two years of experience working as a mental health nurse practitioner with a diverse population of Transition Age Youth.
-Specialty training in Psychiatry.
-Experience and strong interest in working with college and university students.
-Bilingual Skills pertinent to CPP students and international students (Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean).
-Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
-Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage a variety of clinical duties as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


A background check must satisfactorily be completed before a candidate can be offered this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Sex Offender Registry.


Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.


Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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