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Position Description – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner



POSITION TITLE:  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
BOARD APPROVED:  11/19/2014, 9/9/2015, 10/12/2016, 12/20/2017, 12/19/2018
REPORTS TO:  Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
DUAL SUPERVISOR PERSONNEL COLLABORATOR:  Psychiatric Consultant/Supervisor; Chief Operations Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
DIVISION:  Clinical Patient Care


JOB SUMMARY:   The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Psych NP) will function as a member of a team of health professionals providing integrated services to HOPE’s patients. The Psych NP shall, under appropriate direction and supervision by the Psychiatric Consultant/Supervisor, provide care, assessment, interpretation of data, and shall develop care plans with the treatment team. The following functions are not intended to be all-inclusive or exclusive and shall be directly established by the provider’s privileges as established by HOPE in the provider’s contract and credentialing agreement.




  1. Perform psychiatric evaluations and take histories from patients;

  1. Perform brief screening examinations of patients;

  2. Directly treat such patients as deemed appropriate given the limited scope of behavioral care of primary care providers;

  3. Dispense, prescribe, and administer medications as specified in the HOPE drug formulary protocol for psychiatric nurse practitioners as approved by the appropriate regulatory boards;

  4. Input behavioral health goals, objectives, and interventions into integrated treatment plans;

  5. Attend treatment team meetings and coordinate care with the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, Behavioral Health Consultant, and HOPE’s primary care providers to improve health outcomes;

  6. Participate in clinical supervision with Psychiatric Consultant/Supervisor, presenting 20% of charts and 20% of treatment plans for co-signature;

  7. Consult the Psychiatric Consultant/Supervisor as needed for challenging cases;

  8. Facilitate internal referrals for psychotherapy as needed;

  9. Facilitate referrals for other services (e.g. substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health centers, etc.) as needed;

  10. Serve on such committees as directed by senior management;

  11. Provide crisis intervention services as needed;

  12. Maintain accurate and timely records of activities and services;

  13. Assure the security and confidentiality of all protected health information as required by state and federal law;

  14. Interact with students and residents which might include, but is not limited to, those in college, medical, nursing, mid-level schools and residencies;

  15. Develop assessment and treatment protocols and pathways, in consultation with other clinical providers;

  16. Attend in-service trainings on behavioral health topics and present on topics of interest to other staff;

  17. Obtain required continuing education to maintain licensure;

  18. Provide regular, written reports to the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator (or COO/CEO) and additional reports as assigned.


This job description is to be used in conjunction with approved duties of psychiatric nurse practitioners as stated by the appropriate licensing body of the State of Tennessee.




  1. Perform other duties that may be assigned by the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, COO, or CEO. If the Psych NP is qualified to do so and does not have psychiatric patient care to do, the Psych NP may be assigned to provide primary care health services as needed by the health center.




  1. Off-site work is required occasionally.

  2. This position does have the option to complete various job tasks off-site with prior approval from supervisor. Such tasks may include, but are not limited to the following: chart documentation, phone consults, conference calls, etc.

  3. Employees who participate in off-site work are required to have a confidential designated workspace when completing job tasks.

  4. Team Leaders will review each employee’s off-site work classification and details during date of hire, at the employee’s annual review, and as needed throughout the year.




  1. Must have completed an accredited, Board-approved master’s or post-master’s psychiatric nurse practitioner program or other Board-approved program that awarded an advanced degree or course of study considered by the Board to be equivalent to that required for certification in Tennessee at the time the course was completed;

  2. Must maintain a current and valid license as a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the State of Tennessee;

  3. Must maintain a current and valid federal DEA certificate to prescribe controlled substances (Any restrictions, revocations or mandated changes to the Tennessee license or DEA certificate must be reported in writing, within two days, to the Chief Operations Officer or Chief Medical Officer of HOPE);

  4. Must hold an active certificate issued by the Tennessee State Board of Nursing to practice in Tennessee;

  5. Experience in outpatient psychiatric practice (in primary care and integrated care settings preferred);

  6. Ability to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary clinical team;

  7. Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;

  8. Ability to communicate with diverse audiences;

  9. Strong administrative skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook);

  10. Criminal background check and clearance.




  1. Operate a motor vehicle with current Class D driver’s license.  Operate a personal computer and calculator.

  2. Problem Solving:  Frequent problems arise in this position that are outside established policies or bodies of knowledge calling for high-level skills in problem solving.

  3. Decision Making:  Frequent situations arise in this position calling for careful and analytical judgment.

  4. Interpersonal:  Must interact with employees, Board of Directors, governmental officials, and the public.

  5. Working Conditions:  Works in well-lighted, climate-controlled building.  May be subjected to appearance in less than desirable environment and travel in adverse weather conditions.  May be exposed to body fluids.

  6. Physical Requirements:  Requires sufficient visual acuity to be able to read and write and operate equipment common to this position.  Required to read, write and speak English with the ability to speak a foreign language helpful.  Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to effectively communicate with people directly or by telephone.  Occasionally lift items weighing up to 25 pounds.



This job description is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (May 1995)


HOPE Family Health Services is an equal opportunity employer that complies with applicable

State and Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,

sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran, or disability status.


Many positions at HOPE Family Health Services are funded in-part or in-whole by State or

Federal Department of Health and Human Services funding and as such, our organization

cannot employ individuals with certain criminal backgrounds or who are on State or Federal

exclusion or debarment lists.

If you are interested in applying for a position below please download the online application,

 fill it out COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY, then submit it to the health center by emailing it,

along with your complete resume, to


For more information | 615-644-2000 ext. 472
E-mail application and resume to Miranda Connor, Director of HR

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