Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Southcentral Foundation - Anchorage, AK

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Summary of Job Responsibilities:

The nurse practitioner is responsible for providing direct customer-owner care in assigned area.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Outline of Essential Job Responsibilities/Functions to Include but Not Limited to:

Customer Care & Relationships:

  • Creates, develops, and nurtures culturally appropriate interactions and connections with each other, customer-owners, and the community.
  • Performs assessment and treatment.
  • · Prescribes appropriate medication.

    · Delivers and directs customer-owner care within the scope of privileges approved by the Joint Operating Board (JOB) or as assigned.

    · Obtains complete and accurate information in a courteous and respectful manner in order to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

    · Sets the expectation with the customer-owner by listening to their concerns and addressing those that can be addressed and informing the customer-owner of the course of action to follow for other health concerns.

    · Advises customer-owners and family members in methods that facilitate a capacity for self-care and a move toward a healthcare partnership between providers, customer-owners and their families.

    · Counsels and instructs customer-owners and family members either directly or by referral. Adjusts the communication style depending on the receiver of the message, for example the education level etc.

    · Listens for clues that the customer-owner needs additional assistance in understanding the treatment plan or in carrying out the treatment plan.

  • Delivers case management and supportive services to clients.
  • · Manages crisis situations (obtaining clinical support as needed) and seeks resources to aid clients.

    · Assists, leads, or co-leads client case conferences and client support or counseling groups.

    · Provides and assists in the management and service delivery of a full range of services including individual case management in the appropriate areas for clients served.

    · Coordinates services with external agencies to establish rapport and cooperation with other program agencies as indicated in the treatment plan and as directed by the Clinician in charge.

    · Works with the members of treatment team (internal and, where appropriate, external), including mentors, educational and vocational instructors, clinical staff, etc., to further the goals of the individual educational and/or treatment plans.

    · Develops and maintains a trusting and partnering relationship with assigned clients in order to assist in the success of the treatment plan.

    · Assists in providing a program atmosphere that develops positive self-esteem and pride by incorporating Native culture and heritage into daily activities.

    · Advocates on behalf of clients through community resources to strengthen support and ancillary services available to them, as assigned by the program manager.

    · Contributes to program’s monthly report, to include data activity and statistical reports as needed or required by grant.

  • Ability to work easily and in a friendly manner with the general public and occasionally handle the hostile or disgruntled customer-owner.
  • Ability to deal with the most difficult types of customer-owners.
  • Ability to manage medically complicated customer-owners who require psychotropic medicines and consulting with primary care physicians with the goal of improving general prescription practices.
  • Communications & Teamwork:

  • Shares and receives information, opinions, concerns, and feedback in a supportive manner.
  • Works collaboratively by building bridges, and creating rapport with team members within departments and across the organization.
  • Functions as a member of the treatment team.
  • · Attends staff meetings, training sessions, and planning and problem solving sessions.

    · Participates in regularly scheduled individual and group supervisory sessions.

    · Assists in program development and other departmental projects.

  • Communicates effectively.
  • · Ensures that verbal and written instruction are clear and concise, and understood by listening and asking for feedback.

    · Customer-owner notes are written legibly and clearly in order to provide adequate information for other health care providers.

    · Appropriately addresses health care issues.

    · Utilizes opportunities to provide helpful information to customer-owners and their families.

    · Uses the computer system in order to obtain customer-owner information, order labs and tests, and check messages.

  • Consults and coordinates with health care providers working in other departments and in other locations.
  • · Provides assistance to the health care providers by answering questions regarding customer-owner care.

    · Works in coordination with the health care providers and case managers to develop treatment plans for customer-owners.

  • Ability and comfort to educate and coordinate with other health care professionals.
  • Knowledge and skill in effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Improvement & Innovation:

  • Makes meaningful improvement to services, program, and processes and/or organizational effectiveness that creates new value for customer-owners and employees.
  • Provides professional expertise and participates in the administration of a variety of therapeutic modalities and training programs in the field of mental health.
  • · Provides consultative services to staff, departments within SCF and other locations on mental health issues as directed.

    · Provides input on mental health policies, procedures, and programs to improve the health of the community served.

    · Devises and proposes changes and innovations to achieve more effective working relationships and improve performance and services provided and connections with other departments.

    · Develops educational, training materials and conducts sessions or disseminates information to medical and nursing staff and others on recent advances in the field.

    · Adheres to agency policy regarding documentation and medical records procedures.

    · Fulfills requirements for client reimbursement including obtaining prior authorization, continued care authorization and billing documents.

  • Works in coordination with management to develop and implement a quality assurance program.
  • · Monitors the quality of care delivered.

    · Chart reviews completed on a regular basis.

    · Abides by policies, procedures and bylaws.

    Workforce Development Skills & Abilities:

  • Seeks out additional learning opportunities to continue to develop the technical and professional skills needed now and in the future.
  • Takes responsibility for all work activities and personal actions by following through on commitments.
  • Participates in fulfilling the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the organization.
  • · Works with all other staff in the department as a member of the department and the system.

    · Assists in committee and other duties within the Department.

    · Maintains a clean work environment including adequate supplies and upkeep of unit and equipment. Reports defective or missing equipment and safety hazards. Assists in disaster planning and activities.

    · Coordinates and works with other team members to ensure the efficient and effective flow of customer-owners though the department.

    · Starts on time and works with other team members to ensure a timely flow of customer-owners.

    · Intervenes and diffuses situations involving agitated, confused or emotional customer-owners and/or family members.

  • Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple clinical tasks.
  • Knowledge of 1974 Privacy Act is required as use of customer-owner record is an integral part of the position and privacy of individuals must be protected to the fullest.
  • Knowledge of the resources available to treatment plans.
  • Knowledge and skill to use the computer.
  • Skill and capability to efficiently make decisions independently.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of sexual abuse and domestic violence issues.
  • Ability in evaluating suicidal individuals or individuals in crisis and managing their safe disposition.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of the medical aspects of psychological disorders
  • Ability to provide on demand consultation on medical and prescribing issues to non-medically trained behavioral health providers.
  • Knowledge of Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment and issues.


  • QUALIFICATIONS:
    SCF programs are established for the purpose of serving a primary population comprised of Alaska Natives who are affiliated with the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), and Alaska Natives and American Indians within SCF’s geographical service area. Employees should have a thorough understanding of the cultures and the needs of the CIRI members, and of the general culture and needs of Alaska Natives and American Indians. Such knowledge is critical in order to ensure the achievement of the mission and vision of SCF: working together with the Native community to provide the best services with Native staff who value the family and family wellness as the heart of the Native community.

  • Current Certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurse Credentialing Center, (NP).
  • Minimum two years experience as an ANP. Preferably in a multi-disciplinary setting, with prescriptive privileges.
  • Must have current valid Alaska license.
  • Credentialing organization must be covered by requirement of the State of Alaska Board of Nursing.
  • Must be eligible for DEA certification.
  • Meets all requirements in order to obtain associate medical staff membership and required privileges of service.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required. ACLS, NRP, ATLS, ALSO and PALS as required for specialty.
  • Specialized expertise in psychopharmacology.
  • Working Environment:

    Fireweed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    · Employee may be exposed to: None.

    · Noise level: Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers and printers, light traffic)

    Physical Demands:

    Fireweed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    · Position requires: stand (under 1/3 time); walk (under 1/3 time); sit (to 2/3 time); use hands to finger, handle or feel (to 2/3 time); talk or hear (over 2/3 time).

    · Weight lifted or force exerted: Up to 10 pounds (over 2/3 time), Up to 25 pounds (under 1/3 time)

    · Special vision requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

    · Additional physical demands: this position requires driving; employee may be required to work holidays, evenings, weekends, and nights; employee must be able to respond when needed by prompt appearance at a required location; employee may be required to provide customer-owner care in the customer-owner’s home or in other locations away from employee’s primary work site; travel may be required; the employee is able to work under physically and emotionally stressed conditions.

    Age and Customer-Owner Population(s) Served:

    Fireweed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Age of Customer-Owner Population Served

    Population

    · Pediatric (1-12 yrs)

    · Adolescent (13-17 yrs)

    · Adult (18-64 yrs)

    · Geriatric (65 yrs & older)

    · All populations

    Working Environment:

    Primary Care Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    · Employee may be exposed to: None.

    · Noise level: Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers and printers, light traffic)

    Physical Demands:

    Primary Care Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    · Position requires: stand (under 1/3 time); walk (under 1/3 time); sit (to 2/3 time); use hands to finger, handle or feel (to 2/3 time); talk or hear (over 2/3 time).

    · Weight lifted or force exerted: Up to 10 pounds (over 2/3 time), Up to 25 pounds (under 1/3 time)

    · Special vision requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

    · Additional physical demands: this position requires driving; employee may be required to work holidays, evenings, weekends, and nights; employee must be able to respond when needed by prompt appearance at a required location; employee may be required to provide customer-owner care in the customer-owner’s home or in other locations away from employee’s primary work site; travel may be required; the employee is able to work under physically and emotionally stressed conditions.

    Age and Customer-Owner Population(s) Served:

    Primary Care Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Age of Customer-Owner Population Served

    Population

    · Adult (18-64 yrs)

    · Geriatric (65 yrs & older)

    · All populations

    INTERESTED APPLICATIONS:
    Please complete an online application by clicking the 'Apply' button at the top/bottom of this page. For more information contact Human Resources via the SCF Contact page or (907) 729-4977 or Toll free at 1-800-478-3343

    NATIVE PREFERENCE UNDER P.L. 93-638.
    Preference will not be given unless certification is submitted to Human Resources (a copy is acceptable).

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