Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner
Thundermist Health Center - West Warwick, RI

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Job Description

Title: PCNS/ BHNP Reports To: Director of Behavioral Health & Social Services
Department: Clinical Job Grade:
Employment Status: Date: August 2012

General Responsibilities:
The Clinical Nurse Specialist/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner, as part of the primary care treatment team, identifies, triages, and manages patient care for behavioral health patients within the primary care setting. In addition, the PCNS/BHNP will employ patient education strategies to develop specific behavioral change plans for patients and behavioral health protocols for target populations. The PCNS/BHNP will also coordinate prescription refills and provide follow up as needed.

Required Qualifications:
1. State of RI, RN and PCNS or BHNP Licensure
2. ANA Certification
3. DEA and RI Controlled Substance Registration

Primary Contacts:
External: Frequency:
1. Hospitals Daily
2. Outside Agencies Daily
3. Providers Daily
4. Patients Daily
5. Laboratory Services Daily
Internal: Frequency:
1. Providers Daily
2. Patients Daily
3. Ancillary Staff Daily
4. Students Daily
5. Patient’s Family Daily

Physical Effort/Environment:
1. Moderate physical activity, walking, standing, stooping, and occasional lifting.
2. Potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens, infectious diseases i.e. respiratory (Tuberculosis), and bio-hazardous materials.
3. Manual dexterity for injections, computer use.
4. Organization skills, neatness; knowledge of safety and infection control standards of practice.

Work Schedule Demands:
As scheduled during hours of operation (inclusive of week-end and evening hours as assigned) with occasional unscheduled overtime.

Communication Skills:
1. Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions
2. Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions
3. Good knowledge of psychopharmacology
4. Document clearly and concisely in the medical record.
5. Work effectively as a team member, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, consulting psychiatrist and mental health specialists, as well as administrative and support staff
6. Maintain confidentiality of information and communicate in a professional manner with patients, families other staff and outside contacts
7. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with patients, providers, other members of the health care team, other disciplines and community agencies.
8. Interpret technical medical terminology daily. Use all available methods of communication with patients, such as with interpreting, counseling, group discussion, written materials and visual aids.
9. Demonstrate professionalism, leadership skills, triage skills, documentation skills, and teaching skills

Confidentiality of Information:
Full access to the patient’s medical record. Maintains confidentiality at all levels of patient interaction.

Significant Job Functions:
1. Triage client phone calls evaluating client’s needs/ health care needs
2. Assist primary health providers in recognizing and treating mental disorders and psychosocial problems
3. Assess the clinical status of patients referred by primary care providers through brief consultative contacts
4. Work with primary care provider to refer cases to mental health specialists as appropriate
5. assist in the identification of at risk patients and develop plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration
6. Provide health care education and information for client self care needs
7. Coordinate and assess clients health care/ illness needs; scheduling appointment with providers as necessary
8. Call in or fax prescriptions as needed
9. Maintain standard precautions at all times
10. Assess patients for potential communicable diseases and utilize infection control precautions. ( I.E. isolation of patient with TB or Chicken Pox)
11. Document all aspects of clinical care in the medical record.
12. Adhere to organizational policies and procedures
13. Complete transfer summary based on information in the clinical record and assure “hand off” of information

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