The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works closely with multidisciplinary clinic, community based,
or school-based treatment teams supporting children, youth and young adults with mental
illness to function optimally in residential, home, community and school settings. The Psychiatric
Nurse Practitioner provides medication support services and diagnostic consultation, collaborates
closely with other team members, prescribes psychotropic medication, and documents all services
provided. Along with the rest of the team, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is active in supporting
and implementing individualized, strengths-based, culturally responsive, participant/family centered
approaches to treatment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Care and Intervention: 1) Provides psychiatric assessment and evaluation to participants
in office, home, school, or other community settings. 2) Prescribes and is responsible for
psychotropic medication treatment. 3) Determines need for additional medical evaluations and
referrals. 4) Provides leadership in linking participants with physical health resources and
providing health education. 5) Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, all
information to and from team members related to participant care. 5) Participates in scheduled
treatment planning meetings for each assigned participant. 6) Consults with other members of the
participant's treatment team regarding participant's mental health issues and may recommend
service components to best meet each participant's individual needs. 7) Responds with flexibility
to participant needs, providing crisis intervention and medication support during work hours and
non-work hours as assigned. 8) Provides developmentally appropriate treatment services
consistent with program model and involving multiple systems planning and coordination.
Clinical Responsibilities and Competencies: 1). Completes thorough assessments when
evaluating participant's needs; makes recommendations for treatment; demonstrates knowledge of
individual and family assessments, diagnosis, differential treatment approaches and interventions
including intensive case management services. 2) Utilizes participant/family information and
preferences, scientific evidence and clinical judgment to determine diagnostic and therapeutic
decision. 3) Performs medication monitoring that meets the standards and quality for this position
and competency level. 4) Provides participants a thorough presentation of risks, benefits, and
alternatives to treatment (informed consent). 5) Provides effective counseling and education to
participants and their families. 6) Applies knowledge to clinical problem-solving, clinical decisionmaking,
and critical thinking. 7) Utilizes effective listening and interpretive skills. 8) Adheres to
principles of confidentiality, informed consent, and business practices. 9) Displays consistent
sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse participant population, including but not limited to
diversity in gender, age culture, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. 10) Shows respect
for other members of the clinical team, management and support staff. 11) Fulfills assigned
clinical responsibility (i.e. is reliable and available). 12) Demonstrates knowledge of
child/adolescent/young adult development and emotional disorders as relevant to program's target
population. 13) Communicates effectively with participant, family and external agencies as
appropriate across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. 14) Collaborates
with other members of the clinical team for the coordination and management of ongoing care.
Community Leadership: Acts as an emissary for FFYC in every community situation. 2)
Participates in community committees and presentations as assigned.
Under the Supervision of an M.D.: 1) Provides psychiatric diagnosis
and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment of routine, urgent, and emergent mental
health problems. 2) Furnishes and dispenses medications (including controlled substances). 3)
Orders laboratory tests and imaging studies. 4) Ensures ongoing collaboration with primary care
providers and specialists in due course. 5) Provides referrals for specialty care/consultation. 6)
Assesses, diagnoses, and provides treatment of general medical conditions incident to psychiatric
Documentation/Administrative Duties:) Demonstrates knowledge of documentation standards
and capacity to meet documentation expectations including maintaining participant records in an
orderly and timely manner. 2) Ensures individual progress notes are well-organized and concise.
3) Utilizes the Electronic Health Record system (s) effectively to complete all clinical
documentation. 4) Comprehends and meets all charting and billing deadlines. 5) Adheres to
administrative and productivity goals (up to 85% depending upon program). 6) Participates in
internal and community-based quality assurance as assigned. 7) Verifies all aspects of
documentation meet or exceed county, state and federal guidelines. 8) Meets all HIPAA standards
in safeguarding and providing PHI to others.
Professional Development: 1) Participates in weekly supervision and group supervision meetings
as assigned. 2) Maintains current certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC) as a Psychiatric /Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 3) Maintains CPR/ Basic Life Support
Certification. 3) Participates in trainings and provides training as assigned.
Professional Conduct: 1) Maintains excellent professional boundaries and adheres to all
professional ethical standards including abuse reporting, maintenance of participant
confidentiality, exhibiting moral and ethical behavior. 2) Adheres to all agency and program
policies including Boundary Code of Ethics, Core Competencies, Code of Conduct, Employee
Handbook and state and federal regulations.
1) May drive on Agency business as required. 2) Other related duties as assigned.