Advance Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Asst. Medical Director
Cedar Springs Austin - Austin, TX

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Job Description
Title: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Medical Director
Classification: Exempt
Status: Full-time
Reports To: Executive Medical Director

SUMMARY: The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Medical Director will serve as a medical administrator for Cedar Springs Austin’s treatment facility. This position develops and implements policies, procedures and best practices. This position also oversees all training and continuing education for their staff. Additionally, the medical director assures that the facility is in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. The PNP/AMD will be the liaison to the Executive Medical Director. All services are provided by highly trained multidisciplinary clinicians and support staff.
The PNP/AMD position provides a myriad of mental health services to patients, direct care and Cedar Springs Austin staff in order to maintain each patient’s physical and psychological safety at Cedar Springs Austin. Responsibilities include interviewing and examining patients with Behavioral Health and Eating Disorders in an out-patient clinical setting.
The PNP/AMD exercises judgment in applying professional knowledge in solving Behavioral Health and Eating Disorders within established policies and practices and through observation, documentation and reports and communicates results obtained to management.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all activities related to the delivery of medical, mental health and other clinical services such as cost management, utilization review, quality assurance, and medical protocol development.
  • Monitors the quality and appropriateness of medical care.
  • Provides guidance and leadership for performance guidelines.
  • Provides clinical administrative supervision of clinical staff, including the recruiting and credentialing processes.
  • Work closely with staff on quality improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in program development and liaison activities with community referral sources and managed care companies.
  • Direct clinical care duties including initial evaluations and assessments, treatment and management of patient caseload.
  • Develops processes and procedures
  • Oversees clinical peer review, documentation and care planning
  • Support physician education and community relations
  • Handles clinical patient complaints
  • Meets 2x’s per week with the physician CEO/president
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills are a must
  • Must have exceptional research and writing skills
  • Coordinates processes for all “internship” employees
  • Reviews past medical history and requests or performs diagnostic tests and examinations deemed necessary to obtain all possible information related to each case.
  • Make preliminary diagnostic, directs, prescribes or provides treatment of arranges for specialized care or patient referral as required.
  • Bases decision upon information obtained, professional medical knowledge, skills, and prescribed policies and procedures.
  • Provides care appropriate to the patient. Provides emergency care as needed.
  • Gives total patient care including prevention, health maintenance, early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services to patients under incumbents care.
  • Makes observations appropriate to the outpatients underlying disease and treatment plan, including current symptoms. Reviews the patient’s medications, diet and therapy course. Modifies regimen as required. Instructs and counsels patients as required.
  • Communicates assessment to patient and therapist/psychologist as needed.
  • Reports all unusual circumstances to clinical director and seeks guidance and direction as necessary.
  • Refers patients to appropriate medical or other facilities providing full clinical information for care and diagnostics procedures when necessary.
  • Assures preparation of appropriate medical records for all patients seen to assure the accumulation and organization of all pertinent clinical data needed to provide comprehensive care.
  • Functions in a calm manner during a stressful, emergency or crisis situation.
  • Practices within the scope of Delineation of Privileges and scope of Licensure.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of all office equipment and procedures.
  • Demonstrates competence in all routine office procedures.
  • Works effectively with all clinical and office staff to ensure patient safety and comfort.
  • Completes all documentation in a timely fashion.
  • Serves as a clinical resource for staff.
  • Assists with the development of documentation and forms for procedures.
  • Provides direct training and supervision as needed.

Job Requirements


  • Have an unrestricted Texas license as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience with a medical or mental health facility.
  • Advanced practice degree (APRN, MSN-FNP, GNP, PMHNP, CNS, PCNS or similar degree)
  • Have prescriptive authority and DEA number
  • Administrative, management or supervisory experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Computer literate in electronic mail, word processing, and office management system software.
  • Adequate vision, sight, speech and hearing to meet core duties of the position. Ability to reach, stoop, walk and lift 25 pounds.
  • Prior psychiatric experience is preferred
  • Eating disorder experience preferred
  • Be psychiatric certified by ANCC or ANA

To apply or to find out more details about this opportunity, please visit Qualified candidates should include their resume, cover letter and salary history. No recruiters please. Austin Eating Disorders is an EOE. No phone calls please.

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Located in the hills of west Austin, less than seven miles from downtown and the University of Texas campus, Cedar Springs Austin is the...