Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Nursing

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Instructor for Clinical Practice)

College of Nursing has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

The University of Colorado, College of Nursing, is seeking a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), certified across the lifespan, for a benefits eligible, position with our faculty practice plan providing mental health prescriptive services across all CU Healthcare Partner clinics in Denver, CO. This position is clinic based as a health care provider, 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE), and is hired at the level of a clinical practice track Instructor within the College of Nursing.

Clinic Descriptions:

CU's College of Nursing, partners with internal and external entities across the Denver Metro and outlying areas to provider mental health counseling and medication management services. This PMHNP position will provide services at several different College of Nursing owned or operated clinics as part of our behavioral health team offering a wide range or counseling and therapy. The following types of counseling sessions are available to the community: Couples, Individual, and Family counseling; Group therapy and seminars; and Training and supervision of new therapists.

Supervision Received:

Work is performed independently under the general direction of the Clinic/Behavioral Health Program Director and authority of the Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs as part of the College of Nursing (CON) faculty practices. Employee must perform within designated clinical practice guidelines.

Supervision Exercised:

PMHNP student supervision is required during clinical placements as well as providing mentorship. Clinical supervision of behavioral health students and interns from other disciplines as needed.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Provide mental health care within the scope of practice for a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner guidelines to a case load of patients.
  • Perform Psychiatric history and physical exams that provide comprehensive mental health assessment
  • Initiate preventative, diagnostic and treatment services for patients that provide optimum mental health care
  • Provide evaluation and comprehensive treatment for medication management
  • Provide consultation to mental health therapists and primary care providers for medication management related to behavioral health
  • Make recommendations, assist with implementation, and evaluate outcomes of consultative process
  • Establish open communication with colleagues, patients/families, administration, and other team members
  • Develop plans of care individualized to patient's mental health.
  • Formulate appropriate differential diagnoses based on the history, review of symptoms, and mental status examination.
  • Develop a treatment plan with each patient to include: health promotion, disease prevention, patient education, appropriate use of psychotropic medications, self-care, provision of appropriate follow-up and referral to other needed services and therapies.
  • Evaluate crisis situations and take appropriate action to ensure client safety and the safety of all clinic users.
  • Utilize best practices and provide all treatment within appropriate limits. Complete and follow through with financial and clinical information necessary to ensure reimbursement for provided services.
  • Collaborate with family and/or professionals to maintain and maximize quality of care for patients
  • Communicate with team, clients, community, and other healthcare professionals to promote client/team functioning
  • Complete all required clinical and administrative documentation to accepted standards of practice, accurately, legibly, and by established timelines on electronic health record (EHR) system and paper as needed.
  • Provide general outpatient treatment via individual and group therapy, case management, crisis management, skill building, and psycho-education.
  • Participate in scheduled individual supervision, health team meetings, interdisciplinary work groups, monthly staff meetings, and other required meetings.
  • Conducts routine chart audits as required
  • Adept at Electronic Health Records (EHR) and EHR trouble shooting, improvement processes, and downtime procedures.
  • Participates in after-hours call
  • Provides mental health education to patients, students, families, and/or community health practitioners and groups
  • Practices safety, environmental, and infection control methods
  • Identifies deviations from normal and consults as needed.
  • Completes necessary documentation.
  • Active participation in health plan contracts.
  • Remain credentialed by the health plans and ensure credentialing materials stay current.
  • Participates in quality improvement efforts for continued high quality care
  • Ensure strict compliance with University and professional policies/procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skill and Ability Requirements:
  • Communicate in a manner that promotes care, understanding and overall team functioning (including interactions with clients, client's family support staff, and other agencies)
  • Strong collaborative nature
  • Collaborate with family and/or professionals to maintain and maximize quality of care for patients
  • Develop comprehensive care plans individualized to the mental health needs of individuals and their families
  • Must demonstrate clinical experience and excellence across life span
  • Show ability to manage different levels of acuity, including patients in crisis on intensive services, on the medical floors in consultation and liaison service, in outpatient clinic, day treatment, and in the Emergency Department.
  • Apply, implement and teach evidence based approaches to care including using evidence based guidelines for prescriptions and monitoring medications in the pediatric population.
  • Perform initial diagnostic interview, develop and follow through with treatment plan, and maintain appropriate documentation through the electronic medical record.
  • Strong leadership qualities and work in program development desired with this multifaceted role.
  • Provide clinical education for PMHNP students in the CON MSN/DNP program
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of staff, faculty, community members, and clients.
  • Expertise in clinical assessment and therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer, clinic software, and electronic medical record.
  • Considerable degree of independent judgment and work priorities is necessary to monitor and respond to changes in a client's condition.
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively with patients, their families, and other members of the health care team.
  • Remain credentialed by the health plans and ensure credentialing materials stay current.
  • Actively participates in marketing and patient recruitment
  • Take on-call in a rotation schedule.
  • Availability to work weekends when necessary.


Conditions of Employment:
  • Active participation in health plan contracts.
  • Remain credentialed by the health plans and ensure credentialing materials stay current.
  • Must have valid CO Medicaid number by date of hire
  • Must have valid NPI number by date of hire
  • Must have valid CO Medicare number by date of hire
  • Must have active and attested CAQH number by date of hire
  • Must have CO licensures by date of hire. Could be working toward CO clinical licenses during application process and registered with DORA-Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Colorado Prescriptive Authority & DEA licensures by date of hire
  • Ability to work out of multiple clinic locations throughout the Denver, CO metropolitan area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of nursing
  • Current PMHNP Board certification
  • Current RN and APN licensures in good standing (Any State).
  • A minimum of two years of full scope PMHNP practice providing psychiatric/mental health patient care to patients of ages across life span
  • Current independent Prescriptive Authority & DEA licensures (Any State)
  • Current clinical expertise as a PMHNP
  • Current BLS/CPR Certification

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with addressing substance abuse issues and, when present, co-occurring mental health issues
  • Prior Electronic Health Record (EHR) experience

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 11431

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20468 - College of Nursing

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 14, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Rod DeVriendt

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00630480





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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/14/2018
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