Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 30, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The part-time (40%) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will work in the UCCS Wellness Center treating patients from a variety of age groups with a variety of mental health needs. This position will conduct psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric follow-up appointments, and provide consultation to a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, social workers and interns from these disciplines.

Job Duties:

  • The PMHNP is responsible for providing health care to patients of the UCCS Wellness Center as directed by nurse practitioner scope of practice and clinic protocols.
  • Participates in mental health and health services weekly staff meetings and participates with routine chart reviews with other nurse practitioners as a condition of their articulated plans.
  • Assists other providers and staff with other duties as assigned.
  • Job Competencies:

  • Extensive clinical knowledge of psychiatric mental health and the ability to provide mental health care services, including medication management and counseling, to a variety of behavioral health patients at the UCCS Wellness Center.
  • Completes histories, psychiatric examinations and assessments, orders diagnostic medical and psychological testing on all patients with appropriate documentation reflected in the medical record.
  • Able to differentiate and respond to mental health care situations that require acute referral for hospitalization, and non-acute treatment.
  • Triages walk-in urgent mental health care situations and coordinates with emergency medical responders for safe transport to appropriate mental health facilities if deemed necessary.
  • Provides appropriate medication management and consults with other clinic providers when appropriate.
  • Refers patients requiring behavioral health care that is beyond the scope of the Nurse Practitioner’s practice to other appropriate providers.  
  • Provides trainings/case presentations on psychopharmacological agents and aspects of psychiatric care to Wellness Center health and mental health care providers and trainees.
  • Collaborates and communicates effectively with the clinic staff, students, and community providers to meet the needs of the behavioral health patients being served by the clinic.Ability to provide care to individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Precepts psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students doing clinical rotations in Wellness Center.
  • For the purposes of FLSA, this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) the overtime under FLSA.

    What We Offer:

    Salary: Generally starting between $37,199 - $46,498 

    The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

    Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential date for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 2/22/2021
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 3/1/2021
  • The potential employee start date is 3/22/2021
  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing with specialty certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by a national certification agency.
  • Current unencumbered Colorado RN licensure and placement on the Advanced Practice Nurse Registry
  • Full prescriptive authority in the state of CO as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Current DEA license
  • Physical Requirements: 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills, handling, fingering and feeling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

    Job Category: Health Care
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Part-time
    Posting Date: Jan 28, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing