Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Summary: Responsible for conducting assessments and evaluations of adolescent and adult clients, in residential and outpatient programs, and prescribing or recommending medication or other forms of treatment as clinically indicated.


  • Current Nurse Practitioner licensure (Virginia preferred)
  • Board certification as a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
  • ANCC certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner preferred


  • Minimum experience: one year providing high-quality health care to a diverse patient population, preferably within a community health center environment.
  • Strong computer skills, to include electronic health records.


  • Provide psychiatric assessment/evaluations, and develop evaluation reports.
  • Request any necessary laboratory studies on clients as determined by results of screening or assessment.
  • Provide group therapy/medication management to clients taking psychiatric medications.
  • Be available (accessible) for consultation by telephone with staff regarding psychiatric condition of clients.
  • Discuss case with psychiatrist and other health professionals to prepare comprehensive client care plan.
  • Submits health care plan and goals of individual clients for periodic review and evaluation by physician.
  • Prescribes or recommends medications or other forms of treatment such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
  • May refer clients to physician for consultation or to specialized health resources for treatment.
  • Handles crisis intervention and counseling.
  • Strong interest in caring for a diverse patient population in a community-based organization.
  • Knowledge of theoretical and pharmacologic issues related to clinical treatment of common psychiatric disorders.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Occasional physical exertion –may be required to lift 20 or more pounds, walking, standing, etc. through course of the job. The work environment is that of a substance abuse treatment milieu which may include exposure to clients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other Infectious Diseases.



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