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Cert Nurse Pract IP Psych

Company: WellStar Health System, Inc.
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


On behalf of Wellstar's Behavioral Health Service Line, the Wellstar Medical Group is pleased to open recruitment for a new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, GA . Located in Austell, Georgia, WellStar Cobb Hospital is emerging as a Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health, offering an array of on-site behavioral health programs, including a consultation-liaison service for medically-admitted patients with primary or co-occurring psychiatric disorders, a rapid assessment interface discharge (RAID) behavioral health team providing care for patients in the Cobb Emergency Department, a 32-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit, and an outpatient behavioral health clinic.

The PMHNP filling this new role will work within an integrated behavioral health care model, working collaboratively with our team of psychiatrists, PMHNPs, and other behavioral health clinicians to proactively meet patient needs. Whereas the entire Cobb behavioral health team collaborates to meet the overarching behavioral health needs of Wellstar Cobb hospital and the surrounding community, the primary setting in which the PMHNP will work will be a new outpatient Behavioral Health clinic, located on the Wellstar Cobb Hospital campus.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic : This is a new multi-disciplinary behavioral health clinic that will be staffed with physician colleagues, a psychologist, and a licensed clinical social worker. In this setting, the PMHNP maintains a caseload of adult patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders. (S)he provides initial diagnostic interviews, sees patients for follow-up visits, establishes treatment plans, prescribes psychotropic medications, administers long-acting injectables, and documents the plan of care via Epic, Wellstar's electronic medical record. Aims of this clinic include the following:

  • Approach care from a disease-specific and patient-centered perspective, using evidence-based, innovative, and best practice approaches to achieve the best patient outcomes
    • Increase access to needed outpatient psychiatric care for patients residing within the south Cobb submarket, helping to achieve and sustain psychiatric symptom remission, support recovery, mitigate suicide risk and other negative outcomes
      • Optimize quality of life for patients suffering from chronic and severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders
        • Establish Cobb as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence by providing expedient access to care for adults with primary psychiatric illnesses who were recently discharged from the Cobb Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit or the Cobb Emergency Department
          • Reduce the potential and frequency of relapse and/or preventable hospital admissions
            Whereas the PMHNP will primarily support outpatient psychiatric needs, the PHMNP is a team-oriented clinician. As such, on occasion when staffing needs arise, (s)he will also work in other settings (e.g., Cobb Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit; Emergency Department) to help support overall program needs. Although secondary to her/his primary work setting, descriptions are provided below to help with the broader context.

            Emergency Department : As a member of the Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge (RAID) team, PMHNP assists in addressing the needs of the Wellstar Cobb Emergency Department. In this setting, PMHNPs proactively evaluate and initiate treatment for patients presenting with psychiatric and substance use disorders. They participate in daily treatment rounds with the inpatient psychiatric team and work with ED Medical Staff and Behavioral Health Resource Team members (e.g., Masters-level therapists and case managers) to make determinations regarding the need to execute or rescind involuntary holds, to initiate pharmacological treatments in the ED, and/or to recommend other treatments, as necessary. Aims of this service include the following:
            • Apply the RAID model of consultation-liaison psychiatry, initiating needed treatments quickly upon ED admission to help accelerate symptom remission and recovery, reduce agitation, and optimize patient (and team member) safety
              • Establish a plan of care in a manner that improves continuity from the ED to the Cobb Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit or needed outpatient services
                Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit : WellStar Cobb's Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit is a 32-bed general adult psychiatric unit, serving a moderate-to-high acuity patient population. Patients admitted to the Cobb unit are adults ages 18 and above with psychiatric, substance use, and dual diagnosis disorders. Responsibilities of the PMHNP in this setting include attending daily treatment rounds, developing treatment plans, issuing admission and discharge orders, prescribing psychotropic medications, and working with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the highest quality and safest care for our patients.

                Skills Needed:

                The PMHNP should possess excellent diagnostic skills, able to conceptualize patients possessing a range of psychiatric presentations. The ability to communicate clearly - both verbally and in writing - is necessary to work effectively with other members of the Medical Staff and behavioral health teams and to educate patients and family members alike. The PMHNP should have knowledge of best practice treatment approaches in the management of moderate to severe mental illness, as well as discretion of when to seek additional consultation with peers and clinical supervisors as needed. (S)he should be comfortable managing psychiatric crises, maintaining a calm demeanor and excellent judgment should such situations arise. Further, the PMHNP should understand the bidirectional relationship between physical and mental health and how social determinants of health interfere with optimal outcomes.

                Required Minimum Education/Credentials:

              • Graduate of an accredited Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
              • Active Nurse Practitioner License and RN license
              • Up-to-date ANCC accreditation as an PMHNP
              • Experience working in a professional psychiatric setting. We'd like to invite you on a career journey like no other ! In return for your contributions, we'll help you make the most of all life's moments - on and off the job. Wellstar Total Rewards is designed to provide for your total well-being, including: Your Wellness, Your Pay, Your Future, Your Joy. We think it's pretty simple - we care for our team members and our team members care for the community.

                Make a difference in patients' lives and your own! Here, it's more than healthcare - it's CareerCare!



Keywords: WellStar Health System, Inc., Atlanta , Cert Nurse Pract IP Psych, Healthcare , Atlanta, Georgia

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