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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant

Company: Wellpath
Location: Fresno
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people - our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to "Always Do The Right Thing!"


Under direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA)/Program Manager (PM), or higher medical professional, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will skillfully apply expertise to evaluate and diagnose patients and prescribe psychotropic medications as needed. This includes the provision of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with complicated mental health conditions in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with all agency, local, state, federal laws and regulations.

Additional Details



Completion of a Master's program in nursing (NPs) or an accredited education program for PAs

Three (3) years of experience as an NP or PA
One (1) year experience providing treatment to adults with various mental health disabilities required
Previous correctional/detention facility experience

Current (and must maintain) unrestricted license as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in state of practice
Certification/Specialization in Psychiatric Treatment
Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AH
Current DEA license and state controlled substance license
Current (and must maintain) security clearance


Provide telepsychiatry or on-site psychiatric services including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of those committed persons referred by the medical, clinical services or security staff
Prescribe appropriate psychotropic medications to address mental health issues of the persons served
Assisting in monitoring all psychotropic medication utilization or assisting in coordination of psychotropic medication in a cost-efficient manner
Provision of Multidisciplinary Treatment Plans for all applicable persons served per company and facility expectations
Chart all findings in medical records of persons served providing written summaries of history, diagnosis and treatment course or other documentation requirements as outlined by Company and Facility
Produce timely, accurate, organized, and legible clinical notes of encounters and other relevant reports, logs and required clinical statistics to the PM or Medical Director
When applicable, screen committed persons for placement or possible transfer to outside psychiatric treatment facilities or other community mental health facilities, or providing support to staff to gain access to outside acute care facilities, if a higher-level treatment is needed
Respond to psychiatric emergencies and initiate lifesaving measures to man-down calls, identify medical emergencies, and arrange for transportation to hospital
Refer all 5150 eligible persons served to the County Mental Health and/or Emergency Room for evaluation
Assess for suicide ideation and manage the appropriate risk level
Attend daily sick call, notify current medication consult with nursing staff to continue psychotropic medications, and discuss conditions falling outside protocol perimeters
Triage, respond and communicate mental health complaints from medical and custody staff with Physician, Medical Director or Health Services Administrator or Program Manager any potentially significant medical complaints or observations discovered during routine duties
Maintain patient Confidentiality and HIPPA compliance
Coordinate the activities of his/her shift and communicates with detention staff as needed
Provide on-going crisis intervention
Provide on-call services as needed
Uphold corporate principles of practice including but not limited to: quality of care; cost control without minimizing standard of care; utilization management of medications, supplies, etc.; consistency and continuity of care via comprehensive medical / mental health approach to treatment
Maintain a clean, safe, and secure working environment
Participate in Quality Management Peer Review activities and staff training
May assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process of potential staff
May assist for orientation and training of new employees
Perform other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer

Keywords: Wellpath, Fresno , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant, Other , Fresno, California

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