Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
"The atmosphere in RCA is different, it’s like family. People care, people smile, people love what they do and I think that makes all the difference when you walk into work every day. I have the opportunity to help people become whole again. I work with talented nursing, clinical and administrative staff who work around the clock to help the clients achieve that same goal," -Ashley B., RCA Nurse
In 2013, Recovery Centers of America (RCA) announced a goal: Save one million lives from the disease of addiction. We’re working fast and hard to fulfill that promise, with over 11 facilities that offer evidence-based inpatient, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We know one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to addiction treatment; that’s why we tailor our treatment for each patient and offer specialized programs for patients with trauma and multiple recurrences, as well as programs for older adults, first responders, and more.
Our curriculum, resources, and evidence-based care were created to help patients not just achieve recovery, but maintain it for life. All of our services and treatment are delivered by clinical expertise – that’s where you come in.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you’ll be a part of our exciting mission of helping millions of people jumpstart their recovery. Your medical expertise will aid in patient recovery, as you support and implement effective techniques while making a difference in the lives of patients, their families, and communities.
If you’re looking for a fulfilling, life-changing job, Recovery Centers of America is the right place for you. And you’re the right candidate for us!
Position Overview: The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is responsible for the care and needs of patients in a psychiatric unit. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners may do the same things a psychiatrist does, including diagnosing mental illness and prescribing medication. They may also act as a therapist, helping patients with depression, anxiety and suicidal individuals, and other conditions that can be remedied with counseling.
- Assess, examine, diagnose and treat patients with mental illness by conducting a comprehensive family assessment
- Collects data from multiple sources using assessment techniques that are appropriate to the patient’s language, culture, and developmental state, including screening evaluations, psychiatric rating scales, genograms and other standardized instruments
- Assesses the impact of acute and/or chronic illness, psychiatric disorders, and stressors on the family system
- Involves patients, significant others, and interdisciplinary team members in data collection and analysis
- Teach patients’ families about the patient’s condition, and how to react in certain scenarios
- Develops a plan of care
- May prescribe medication
Education and Experience:
- Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- Master’s, Postgraduate, or Doctoral degree from a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)
- 2+ years’ experience as an RN; 3 years’ experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Valid RN license in the state in which the individual will practice
- Ethics: Ethics is reflected in integrity, which includes elements of honesty, responsibility, credibility, and the ability to use ethical considerations to guide decisions and actions
- Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention, and Treatment: Provides direct mental health care services. Synthesizes theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of mental health and illness states
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Patient Relationship: Demonstrates the personal, collegial, and collaborative approach that enhances the psychiatric nurse practitioner’s effectiveness of patient care
- Cultural Competence: Provides culturally competent care, delivering patient are with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs, and making health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures
Work Environment for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: May work in a variety of RCA environments including professional offices, clinics, inpatient or outpatient facilities. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.
Physical Demands for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.