Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

at Mariposa Community Health Center, Inc. in Nogales, Arizona, United States

Job Description

Purpose of Job:

Mariposa Community Health Center’s (MCHC) mission is to provide comprehensive primary and behavioral health care where the needs of the patient are always the primary concern of all staff. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serves as part of the behavioral health care team, working collaboratively to provide direct clinical care.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with planning and implementation of new integrated behavioral health services as member of planning team, including developing protocols for target populations, policies, and procedures.
  • Work with multidisciplinary care team, including primary care provider and psychiatrist, to treat and manage patients efficiently and effectively, ensure quality care, and promote and restore patients’ physical and mental health.
  • Practice within the scope and best practices of mainstream psychiatry, as outlined by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
  • Work collaboratively with CMO to assure optimal care to all behavioral health patients.
  • Complete psychiatric assessments, evaluations, medication management, hospital discharge evaluations, risk assessments, progress notes, annual updates, family interventions, patient education, and progress towards treatment goals including medical, psychological, social, behavioral, and developmental aspects of the patient’s situation.
  • Evaluate patient care plans with care team.
  • Complete duties associated with nursing practice, including required forms and documentation.
  • Order follow-up blood levels and other lab tests according to standard medical practice, obtain a past and current medical history.
  • Delivery service expectation of 6.5 hours face-to-face time per 8-hour work day, or 8.25 hours face-to-face time per 10-hour work day.
  • Provide psychopharmacological treatment in alignment with patient’s treatment plan; appropriate follow-up of patient’s symptoms and response to medications, including side effects. Utilize appropriate medication based on best practices, in addition to appropriately completing required documentation for preauthorization of pharmacy services. Complete medication education and informed consent.
  • Educate non-medical staff on psychiatric and non-psychiatric medications, their side effects, and health-related conditions.
  • Educate patients, families, and staff about care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques.
  • Assist in the detection of “at risk” patients and development plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
  • Participate according to the recovery model and Arnold v. Sarn principles. Assist patients with defining and achieving their own recovery goals.
  • Monitor the behavioral health program, identifying potential barriers to quality care, problems related to patient services, and opportunities for improvement. Make recommendations for improvement and address them with team members.
  • Provide psychiatric back-up to the program after-hours and weekends on a rotating basis with other psychiatric care providers who share on-call; will have access to patients’ current status and medical records/current medications.
  • Participate in committees, staff meetings, and any meeting as requested by CMO.
  • Establish productive relationships with other behavioral health agencies.
  • Collaborate with psychiatrists, providers, other behavioral health staff, and students, if assigned.
  • Maintain appropriate knowledge, skills, Continuing Medical Education, and certification for this position.
  • Respond to patient or co-worker complaints and work toward a positive resolution of any dispute.
  • Work under MCHC Polices and professional requirements.
  • All providers will work with MCHC Population Health programs to ensure compliance and adherence to quality measures.
  • Maintain physical and mental health
  • Participate in, train, and utilize tele-health services in the evaluation, management, and treatment of patients, as appropriate.


  • Provides feedback to Director of Nursing on Medical Assistants. May provide direction, training, or guidance to others.

Typical Physical Requirements:

  • Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.
  • Standing and walking for extensive periods of time.
  • Corrected vision and hearing within the normal range.
  • Working under stressful conditions.
  • Exposure to communicable disease and bodily fluids.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Interpersonal skills which allow for professional and positive relationships with coworkers, patients, families, and other community members.
  • Good communication skills, evidenced by a nonjudgmental approach, effective listening and positive interactions.
  • High level of comfort in working with primary care providers using a consultative style.
  • Ability to deliver high quality care to a wide variety of patient types, depending upon specialty training, including diverse individuals including LGBTQ, and all racial, ethnic, religious, cultural backgrounds.
  • Interest in fostering provider/patient cooperation toward the delivery of care.
  • Strong understanding of substance use, addiction, and recovery principles.
  • Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions.
  • Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Superior knowledge of psycho-pharmacology.
  • Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Ability to design effective psycho-education curricula and lead effective psycho- education classes.
  • Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions and the behavioral health model to medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers.
  • Ability to effectively represent MCHC’s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among coworkers, public, private, and professional groups.
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
  • Ability and evidence of competence in general office procedures.
  • Ability to employ the problem-oriented method of record keeping.
  • Proficient in English language, written and spoken.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to maintain accurate electronic medical records for documentation and billing purposes, NextGen experience preferred.

This job description reflects management’s expectations of the essential functions of this position. It is not intended to be comprehensive of the duties performed and does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

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Job Posting: 5568438

Posted On: Dec 29, 2022

Updated On: Jan 13, 2023

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