Nurse Practitioner- Mental Health Intake Clinic/Emergency Department
The model for care delivery is an interdisciplinary team approach comprised of prescribers (psychiatrists, APRNs & pharmacists), nursing staff, social worker, psychologists, administrative support and ancillary team members to provide comprehensive, coordinated care deliver individualized for the veterans needs. Care is provided via clinic visits, MyHealthyVet, telephone triage as well as triage in the Emergency Department.Responsibilities
The most frequent mental health diagnoses encountered include: schizophrenia; anxiety disorders; PTSD; depressive disorders; bipolar disorders; cognitive disorders related to traumatic brain injury; neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; substance abuse disorders; and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD.
- Conduct and document findings on initial, periodic, episodic, and/or psychiatric examinations on patients seen in the Mental Health Intake Clinic and the Emergency Department.
- Determine potential needs for therapeutic changes, diagnostic workups or subspecialty consultation and so order.
- Order and/or interpret appropriate laboratory tests.
- Provide follow-up for evaluation of outcomes of laboratory tests. Detect and evaluate any significant change in patients' psychiatric condition, treating as indicated.
- Review medications for clinical need, simplification and possible drug-drug interactions and adjust as indicated.
- Prescribe, administer and review/evaluate patient's response to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment.
- Evaluate outpatients and manage acute and chronic mental illnesses according to the usual scope of care to include attention to maintenance of stable conditions, preventive health care and screening. Collaborate with collaborating physician or other allied health care professionals as needed.
- Collaborate with the patient/family to establish physical, mental, cultural and environmental factors that facilitate or impede realistic goals and activities.
- Provide education and counseling of the patient and the patient's family in preventive care, psychiatric conditions and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. Maintain phone contact with patients, families and home care agencies as indicated.
- Provide therapeutic counseling services for veterans
Requirements: Nurse Practitioner State Licensure and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Certification required. Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status No Promotion Potential 3