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Nurse Prescriber or Physician Assistant

The Journey Mental Health Center

  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Post Date: 1/8/2019
Employment Term: Regular
Employment Type: Full or Part Time
Hours Per Week: Candidate Preference
Work Hours (i.e. shift): Candidate Preference
Starting Salary Range: Minimum $55.30 Per Hour
Salary/Benefit Notes:
Required Education: Master's Degree
Required Experience: 1 to 20+ years
Required Security Clearance: None

Journey Mental Health Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the agency's belief that staff diversity and cultural humility are the foundation for services, which are accessible, effective, and relevant to the diverse needs of children, youth, families and adults. Individuals from all walks of life are strongly encouraged to apply.

     We have an opening for NURSE PRESCRIBERS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS in our Outpatient Services program! The NURSE PRESCRIBERS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS will work as integrated members to provide medical assessments and monitor consumer needs. The Nurse Prescribers and Physician Assistants provide clinical consultation to other team members on-site or via telepsychiatry to other Journey Mental Health Center (JMHC) locations. Under the direction of the Medical Director of JMHC and in collaboration with JMHC medical staff, the APNPs and PAs will be responsible for the medical aspects of clinical care.
     While the focus will be on medical and medication decisions and monitoring, the APNPs and PAs may also be expected to perform general nursing duties at times. Most of the clinical interventions will occur within one of the JMHC buildings, although some may occur out in the community. It may also involve weekend or evening shifts as necessary to enable the program to extend its hours of operations. 

Journey is on the cutting edge of providing services to those in our community who suffer from substance use, mental health and related medical illnesses. We are a training ground for local colleges and others in the behavioral healthcare field. Our staff includes clinical interns as well as seasoned employees who have decades of longevity!
Journey has a long-standing reputation as a training home and provides opportunities to earn post-degree supervised hours to qualify for licensure. Journey is an ACEP (Approved Continuing Education Provider) organization with national status.  Journey provides ongoing trainings that satisfy continuing education requirements for licensure renewal and a Substance Use Disorder series designed to earn certification as a Substance Use Counselor.  Trainings are generally provided at the main campus and are at no cost to staff to fulfill Journey's mission of being a center of excellence.
As staff increase their knowledge, the value to consumers, the community and other Journey staff is heightened. As a result, Journey provides additional compensation to staff as they obtain degrees, licenses and certifications.
Journey provides a wide variety of services, ranging from general counseling, hospital and jail diversion programs to providing resources to specific cultures in our community. With our continuous growth, opportunities for movement throughout our agency are numerous.
To insure a healthy life/work balance we offer generous paid time off your first year in addition to 9 paid holidays!  If you qualify, also included are health, dental, life, disability, long-term care insurances. Our retirement options include both a 403b and a fully vested pension plan after just one year!

If you are interested in making a difference in your community, we would appreciate the opportunity to review your application!

The position is responsible to the Medical Director and to the manager of the various programs in which he or she works.
  • ANCC Board-certified as either a Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, NP or NCCPA Board-certified Physician Assistant
  • Certification across the life-span
  • Able to perform a diagnostic, AODA and risk assessment
  • Able to work with the other clinicians and the client to develop a treatment plan
  • Meets appropriate state licensing requirements to provide clinical services
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to function collaboratively as part of a team, seeking and accepting consultation when appropriate
  • Commitment to working towards improving cultural competence, as demonstrated by valuing difference/diversity, recognizing limitations in personal competencies and expertise, and having concrete ideas about how to improve cultural awareness, knowledge and skills
  • Commitment to work towards consumer involvement and empowerment within a recovery focused model for delivering care
  • Commitment to work with clients with both mental health and AODA issues
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent written skills
  • Possession of a valid driver's license, a favorable driving record, adequate insurance (per state law) and access to a vehicle.
  • Demonstrated expertise in providing cross-cultural MH services
  • Experience in providing telepsychiatry services
  • Clinical experience in crisis intervention/emergency mental health service
  • Fluent in Spanish, or Hmong, or American Sign Language
    1. Medical Responsibilities
      1. Perform medication evaluations and reviews, prescribing medications when appropriate, following JMHC guidelines, and in collaboration with other JMHC clinicians and physicians.
      2. Perform initial assessment for the need for psychotropic medication.
      3. Perform appropriate risk assessment, AODA assessment and mental health assessment as indicated
      4. Prescribe and monitor medication as appropriate
      5. Order and interpret laboratory and other medical findings as appropriate
      6. Provide follow-up monitoring based on JMHC policy and procedures
      7. Perform basic medical screening as needed and appropriate, working with JMHC clinical staff and primary care and other medical providers to help coordinate medical and mental health care and ensure that needed medical care is provided.
      8. Other duties as assigned.
      9. Participate in the organization and operation of the clinical programs in which the APNP operates.
      10. Help coordinate medication orders with other clinical staff, RN and other prescribers
      11. Help to prepare medications for dispensing when needed
      12. Give injections to JMHC clients when needed
      13. Assist with Patient Assistance Program paperwork as needed.
      14. Provide information and consultation to other JMHC staff and to clients regarding medications, in collaboration with JMHC psychiatrists.
      15. Other duties as assigned
    2. Non Medical Responsibilities.
      1. Perform risk assessments and crisis intervention as needed
      2. Make autonomous decisions in life-threatening situations when necessary
      3. Develop treatment plans that reflect an understanding of the individual's own values and beliefs about his/her current situation and what would be helpful. 
      4. Maintain accurate clinical notes of all contacts
      5. Other duties as assigned
    1. Work actively and positively to maintain good working relationships between the different clinical programs of JMHC
    2. Work to improve own cultural competence: participate in the development and implementation of program strategies to continue to improve the cultural competence of the program's services
    3. Work to foster a consumer focused, recovery oriented services that seeks to involve consumers in their own care
    4. Attend program staff meetings and required in-service training events, except when taking scheduled time off
    5. Participate in JMHC work committees as requested
    6. Other duties as assigned
The above statements are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list, but are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this employee.
The Journey Mental Health Center