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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Apply now Job no: 497444
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Other - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Medicine

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is a full-time position.  The employee will provide outpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder assessments, diagnosis, and treatment under the supervision of and in collaboration with the medical directors of the Caring Together Program and the Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice (PCCP).  The position will be divided between the two practices, with 50% time spent at each.

The Caring Together Program is an addiction treatment program for 150 women with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Caring Together was created in 1990 as a multidisciplinary team which is supported in part by a recent 5-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) medication assisted treatment grant.
PCCP is a long-standing, multidisciplinary, Ryan White-funded clinic which provides primary and specialty care to 1600 people with HIV in the Philadelphia area. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will serve an important role caring for patients within a team of physicians, advanced practice providers, behavioral health consultants, medical case managers, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacist.

Essential Functions

  • Provide outpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder assessment, formulate diagnoses and treatment plans, and provide direct treatment services to patients in the Caring Together Program under the supervision of and collaboration with the program psychiatrist/medical director.
  • Perform comprehensive psychiatric histories including substance use histories and perform physical examinations as needed, evaluate risk factors and order therapeutic and diagnostic tests as needed including referral for medical and specialty care. Regularly assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan and make appropriate modifications in conjunction with the patient.
  • Prescribe evidence-based medications following the program’s policy, appropriate formulary and relevant regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including medication assisted treatment (MAT).  Provides patient education regarding medications, risks, benefits, and reasonable outcome expectations.
  • Provide evidence-base psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated.
  • Order laboratory tests, interpret and explain the test results to patients.
  • Refer patients for inpatient care when indicated.
  • Schedule timely follow up visits with patients and provide longitudinal care as indicated by their clinical condition.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Caring Together and Partnership teams, including the Program Director, providers, counselors, outreach, pharmacist, medical case managers, peer specialists, child development specialist and trainees.
  • Participate actively in interdisciplinary team meetings.
  • Consult with the medical director on challenging cases and those cases that are beyond the scope of qualifications.
  • Complete all required clinical documentation in a timely manner, ensuring all patient data is up to date in the medical record and billing is complete and submitted.
  • Formulate, execute, and review healthcare education delivered to patients and when appropriate, families for diseases prevention and treatment.
  • Ensure smooth communication with all internal and external health professionals, including referral sources for effective delivery of clinic services to patients in compliance with HIPAA regulations.
  • May provide primary medical care services as indicated and appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Science in Nursing, with a Psychiatric/Mental Health emphasis, from an accredited college or university.
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner License 
  • Licensure as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Nurse Specialty Certification as a Nurse Practitioner
  • National certification in Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty
  • Minimum of 2 years psychiatric-addiction treatment experience including knowledge and experience providing medication management services in a psychiatric or primary care setting.
  • Registration with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and DEA for prescription writing privileges with Suboxone waiver to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Maintain and update professional knowledge and proficiency through continuing education, staff meetings, workshops and serving on special committees.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent clinical judgment and the ability to be self-directed and demonstrate initiative in an expanded role.
  • Ability to demonstrated critical thinking, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with staff, patients, and community providers.
  • Must have proficiency with standard computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Zoom for virtual meetings.
  • Familiarity with electronic medical records systems.
  • Knowledge of and experience supporting diverse patient backgrounds, including race, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities, and deep interest in advocating for marginalized communities.


Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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