Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Job description


University Health Services (UHS) at Princeton University is a fully accredited (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, or “AAAHC”) health care facility.  Located in the McCosh Health Center, the Caldwell Field House, and Dillon Gym, UHS provides comprehensive health services to more than 7,500 Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, and specialized services to Princeton University faculty, staff, and employees who experience work-related injuries and illnesses, or who require consultations regarding international and travel medicine. 

UHS’s mission is to enhance learning and student success by advancing the health and well-being of our diverse University community.  This mission is pursued and supports the University’s purpose by using current knowledge of health and human development to guide responsive, high quality clinical, prevention, and consultation services.

UHS’s values are Respect & Compassionate Care; Integrity & Service Excellence; Collaboration & Innovative Solutions; & Engagement & Lifelong Learning

UHS hires individuals of all backgrounds.  We build on our staff’s diversity--recognizing, valuing, and appreciating the different perspectives, talents and energy of all.  UHS invites all its employees to make a valuable contribution in this regard. We firmly believe that being an inclusive and culturally responsive community is one of the foundations of a vibrant, relevant organization. We aspire to develop the mindsets, knowledge and abilities to build equitable and inclusive systems, teams and culture. 


As a member of the UHS staff, your job may be deemed “essential” as defined by University and UHS policy. Please ask you supervisor for additional information.


The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner provides direct clinical services to our undergraduate and graduate student population, including urgent care and crisis intervention, psychiatric evaluations, time-limited medication management, on call services, campus liaison, mental health education, and community referral services.  Also, UHS has an active Infirmary Service that provides 24 hour health coverage. As such, this mental health position involves the provision of primary after-hours, on-call coverage, assigned at the discretion of the CPS Director.


The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner possesses sophisticated diagnostic skills and specialized knowledge in certain content areas, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, severe personality and identity problems, and affect regulation disturbances.  The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner demonstrates training and experience in risk assessment, diagnosis, the determination of appropriateness of treatment with medication, and management of those medications.  The particular skill and knowledge set will be informed by a strong understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults.  





Clinical Care (90%)

  • Urgent care and crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric evaluations, diagnostic assessment, and pharmacological consultations
  • Serves on an on call-after hours rotation with other CPS clinicians
  • Performs specialized evaluations for students of concern: these include administrative, readmission, exit, and post-hospital evaluations
  • Uses clinical data to inform diagnostic assessments (DSM-V) and treatment planning
  • Serves as a mental health consultant to other University partners and stakeholders, and a community referral resource for students
  • Effectively manages the daily clinical operations, and/or development of new clinical services in response to changing needs of the student body.
  • Collaborates with Psychiatrist


Administrative Management (10%)

  • Participates in UHS, Campus Life, and University committees, as assigned by the Associate Director and Director.
  • Involved in other initiatives, projects, and activities, as assigned by the Associate Director and Director.


Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Master of Science in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Completion of an accredited psychiatric advanced practice nursing program
  • Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in NJ with CDS prescriptive authority
  • Evidence of significant experience working with severely troubled patients and/or on a psychiatric inpatient unit, or the functional equivalent
  • Ability to combine strong clinical psychiatry and collaborative practice skills within an integrated health care organization which offers a broad range of medical, mental health and health promotion services to students. Further, the successful candidate will possess
  • Clinical expertise in evidence-based psychopharmacological practices
  • Clinical expertise in emergency management and crisis intervention
  • Cultural competence and clinical sophistication in delivering mental health care to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body
  • A strong understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting young adults;
  • Interpersonal skills and an ability to form a therapeutic alliance with college-age and graduate student populations
  • Collaborative liaison skills in order to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team at University Health Services, University administrators, faculty, and other community partners.
  • Demonstrated skills in: Psychiatric diagnosis and current psychopharmacological treatments, including a mastery of DSM-V nomenclature and recent clinical research
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with other mental health clinicians in providing team based care to patients and in conducting assessments and requested evaluations;
  • Ability to assess the need for psychiatric hospitalization, handling psychiatric emergencies, and coordinating inpatient care both at UHS and with area hospitals.


  • Prior experience working in a university mental health service or a comparable healthcare system
  • Clinical sophistication in the evaluation and treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Advanced training in psychopharmacology as well as the interface between physical illness and mental illness
  • Additional training and experience in the psychological care of late adolescents and young adults with the following subspecialties: attention-deficit and learning problems, psychological trauma, or severe personality psychopathology
  • Training and experience in short-term or time-sensitive models of treatment.






Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary GradeADM, 070Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)YesPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver’s License RequiredNo




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Posted: 3/20/2019
Application Due: 5/21/2019
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