The Wilkes Barre Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner to provide care for our Veterans at the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center. The Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center. This individual is delegated the authority and responsibility to assume clinical, consultative, educational, research, and administrative duties and assignments related to the care of psychiatric outpatients and to cover the inpatient service when called upon. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Provide medical care and evaluation for both psychiatry inpatients and outpatients in the mental health wards and/or outpatient clinics. Utilizes advanced practice skills and knowledge in an independent manner in areas outpatient care, education, research and consultation with physician collaboration as needed. Provides healthcare to individuals, families, and groups across the adult life span. This process includes assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan and evaluation. Manages and provides wellness and illness care to assigned group of patients. This includes assessment, diagnosis, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications and treatment plan when applicable and evaluating treatment outcomes. Collaborates with patient and other care providers to evaluate and update changes in the therapeutic plan of care and patient management. Practices in a nonjudgmental, nondiscriminatory manner and is sensitive to diversity. Appropriately documents assessments and interventions. Counsels patients in health promotion/disease prevention strategies. Conduct initial psychiatric evaluations, including initial assessment interviews, history and physical exams; lab, imaging, medication and psychotherapy consultation orders, aftercare plans and follow up visits. Following the initial evaluation, the CRNP will provide appropriate follow up care including reassessments of diagnoses and conditions, medication adjustments, and any further tests or consults indicated. Provide mental health education /counseling and brief therapy of patients and their families. Primary responsibility for care of patients when the clinic medical director is absent. Perform examinations and screening scales (such as AIMS, MoCA, HAM-D) and similar non-invasive examinations specific to the ongoing care of psychiatric patients Ordering appropriate laboratory tests, imaging studies, EKGs (electrocardiograms),and similar noninvasive tests. Making rounds for inpatients when called upon and holding scheduled appointments for outpatients to observe and record patients' medical progress, and notifying the supervising physician of significant changes in patients' condition. Evaluates outside consultations presenting to the mental health clinic and determines the appropriate disposition, routing and urgency of those consults. Facilitates access to the mental health clinic medical director and other staff for other Health Care Providers. Selection of appropriate patient for participation in clinical research studies; obtaining informed consent for participation in approved studies; obtaining and analyzing data; preparing data for publication. Participation in regional and national meetings for the advancement of psychiatry and continuing medical education requirements. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (on call as needed) Financial Disclosure: Not Required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.