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ARNP

Department: 050 - Florida Assertive Community Treatment Team
Location: Leesburg, FL

FUNCTION: As a member of the multidisciplinary team, the ARNP in conjunction with the psychiatrist and the team leader has clinical responsibility for monitoring individual treatment and staff delivery of clinical services that are trauma-informed and co-occurring capable. The ARNP, under supervision of the physician, provides psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment; assists with clinical supervision, education and training of the team; and development, maintenance, and supervision of medication and psychiatric and medical treatment policies and procedures. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under supervision of the FACT Psychiatrist or Medical Director the Psychiatric ARNP will:

  •  Conduct psychiatric assessments including psychiatric history, course of illness, response to treatment, mental status examination, and 5 Axis DSM IV diagnoses and present assessment results at daily team meetings and treatment planning meetings.
  •  Participate with the treatment team in the comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical and mental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  •  Collaborate with the Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in assessment of individualís physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinating medical treatments with psychiatric treatment.
  •  Prescribe psychotropic medications and conduct regular assessments of therapeutic responses and side effects and educate individuals regarding psychotropic medications.
  •  Perform individual, group, and family supportive therapy and illness education in the process of carrying out the tasks above. With other team members, provide support, education, and counseling to family members of individuals to help them become knowledgeable about mental illness, collaborate in the treatment process, and assist in the family memberís progress.
  •  Provide on-site crisis assessment and management of patients during regular work hours, both on-site and over the phone, during other hours, and as on-call backup to the first-line on-call staff.
  •  Be actively involved in both acute and long-term psychiatric inpatient treatment of individuals including initiation and facilitation of admission to the hospital; regular communication and consultation with the attending psychiatrist; frequent visits to individuals in the hospital; and along with other team members, collaboration with the inpatient staff in planning and implementation of treatment and discharge to the community.
  •  Submit written reports and oral testimony and presentation of opinion in commitment and other legal proceedings and in a wide range of treatment, rehabilitative, and support services matters (e.g., Social Security applications, prior authorization of medication, etc.).
  •  Regularly attend daily organizational staff meetings to assess patient status and progress, to coordinate treatment activities, and to develop treatment solutions to problems other staff is having.
  •  Participate in the development of the comprehensive treatment plan for each patient at treatment planning meetings.
  •  Assist the team leader in the administration of the clinical program and the clinical supervision of the individual team members, providing information and opinion regarding the performance of individual staff in order to assist in employee performance reviews. Train staff in the knowledge and skills basic to the treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
  •  Direct and collaborate with the team nurses to develop, revise, maintain, and supervise team psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders and be knowledgeable about the PACT model. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills and is able to document in an electronic medical record system. 

CORE COMPETENCES:

1)     Age Specific: Assessment, Interpretation, Intervention, Knowledge, Developmental Stages, Enhances Family Involvement 

2)     Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness 

3)     Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, and Thinking Skills. 

4)     Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI, Commitment, Leadership, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety 

5)     Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Cultural Competence, Empowerment/Advocacy, Medication Issues, Psychosocial Interventions, and Treatment/Service Planning

JUDGMENT: Good, sound judgment is integral to the security, confidential and satisfactory job performance. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Licensed to practice as an ARNP in the State of Florida with a specialty or certification in psychiatric nursing. 

Experience: Minimum of 5 years experience serving those with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. 

Personal Qualities: A pleasant and friendly manner is vital to satisfactory job performance. Must display patience and understanding of potentially difficult individuals. Must be alert and vigilant at all times. Dependability and adaptability essential for this position. Must show initiative and be able to work autonomously. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Assist FACT Team Leader in supervision of FACT Team members.

Essential Functions: Maintains a professional atmosphere. Provides excellent customer service. Maintains good working relationship with center, as well as, facility staff and external agencies. Works with staff psychiatrist to coordinate pharmacological management. Has a valid Florida Driverís License and safe driving record. 

Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency requirements in accordance to Individual Training Plan.  

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