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Job Standard for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75914
  • Pay Grade: P14
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Principal
  • Family: Health Services
  • Function: Nurse Practitioner/Physician


Provides patient care for members of the University community. Works collaboratively with the psychiatrist, medical and counseling providers and others to provide patient assessment and diagnosis, formulate treatment plans, prescribe medications, order laboratory tests, interpret test results, provide patient education, prepare medical records and refer patients for inpatient care in accordance with statutes, regulations and protocols regulating the profession.

Level Scope

Recognized master in professional discipline with significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. Establishes critical strategic and operational goals; develops and implements new products, processes, standards or operational plans to achieve strategies. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus; these projects carry substantial consequences of success or failure. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization..

Minimum Qualifications

Masters of Science in Nursing, with a Psychiatric/Mental Health emphasis, from an accredited college or university.


Two years of experience related to the above described duties.


Must be licensed (unencumbered) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) by

the Idaho State Board of Nursing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Compassion, sensitivity, and strong communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • A high degree of sensitivity and confidentiality to appropriately manage delicate and urgent patient situations
  • Ability to collaborate and form effective relationships with colleagues, physicians, staff, and patients
  • Ability to solve problems and manage changing priorities
  • Experience with electronic medical records
  • Experience with tracking, measuring, and using patient-reported outcomes in developing treatment plans
  • Knowledge of medical science, the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, treatment methods, and management of psychiatric conditions and medications

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner must:

  • Provides patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans in accordance with statutes, regulations and protocols regulating the profession.
  • Provides psychiatric health services, education, counseling and emotional support.
  • Refers patients for inpatient or outside community care, as necessary.
  • Orders laboratory tests, interprets and explains the test results to patients.
  • Provides patient education regarding medications, risks, benefits and reasonable outcome expectations.
  • Communicates with patients and engages in follow-up as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
  • Oversee and monitor psychotropic medications.
  • Provide psychotherapy and integrative therapy interventions.

35% of Time the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Perform other duties as assigned


Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position is generally in a normal indoor office setting with minimal noise levels and may involve bending, moving, lifting, and carrying materials that weigh up to 15 pounds.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.