Under general supervision, performs the role and responsibilities of an independent practicing psychotherapist providing psychotherapy to patients and their families within the specialty of Psychiatric Nursing. Provides individual, group and family psychotherapy to patients who are identified as needing psychiatric services. Functions within a multi-disciplinary practice model. Assumes clinical leadership in outpatient, inpatient and community settings to impact the care delivered to the identified patient population.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
1. Functions as a psychotherapist in the outpatient department in accordance with the professional standards of psychiatric nursing. A. Provides individual, family and group therapy for patients identified as needing psychiatric treatment in accordance with the professional standards of Psychiatric Nursing. B. Conducts psychiatric evaluations and identifies treatment interventions indicated for each assigned patient. C. Provides counseling for caretakers of patients to enhance the effectiveness of the patient's treatment. D. Develops and implements innovative clinical programs to respond to identified needs of specific patient populations. E. Coordinates all necessary services (academic placement, in-home interventions, protective services, and others) required to provide quality comprehensive treatment services to patients and to implement individualized treatment plan.
2. Evaluates clinical outcomes of care provided to assigned caseload of patients. A. Develops, implements and evaluates individualized treatment plans designed for each patient. B. Identifies, assesses and pro-actively plans for the various factors potentially impacting upon delivery of care and desired patient outcomes for psychiatric patients in outpatient treatment. C. Continuously evaluates effectiveness of care plan and implementation by reviewing achievement of established outcomes and planning for improvement. D. Monitors the achievement of established outcomes for special clinical programs to ensure responsiveness to the needs of the special population for which the program was developed and uphold the standards of service quality for these patients.
3. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with members of other health disciplines as well as other agencies to provide comprehensive care, planning, and implementation for patients. A. Initiates collaborative activities with school staff, social service agencies, and other community service providers to assure continuity of care to assigned patients. B. Collaborates and networks with community agencies to identify and respond to the needs of the special populations. In certain programs, serve as a consultant to community agencies related to area of practice and/or expertise. C. Participates as a member of the outpatient treatment team by attending team/care coordination meetings, providing requested consultations and participating in individual treatment planning conferences. D. Participates as a member of a multidisciplinary specialty clinic/program.
4. Supports and participates in education, research and staff development activities. A. Initiates collaborative activities with appropriate schools and faculty members and accepts teaching appointments. B. Serves as clinical supervisor/preceptor to selected graduate students. C. Provides informal consultations as well as formal in-services to inpatient/outpatient staff in area of practice and/or expertise. D. Provides mentorship and clinical supervision to beginning practitioners in psychiatric nursing. E. Identifies and recommends area of nursing research for patient care area. F. Initiates studies as an individual member of a research team. G. Places appropriate research findings into practice and evaluates them in terms of improvement of patient care.
5. Provides clinical leadership by developing and supporting divisional clinical activities. A. Assists in the unit specific development of standards of care and standards of practice for psychiatric nursing practice. B. Assists in the implementation of clinical standards in inpatient settings by acting as a mentor to committees, providing clinical supervision and other mentor responsibilities. C. Supports and actively participates in department of nursing committees.
6. Maintains responsibility for own continuing education and professional development.
Education and Experience
1. Master's degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from an accredited school of nursing is required. Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Maryland, or eligible to practice due to compact state agreements outlined through the MD Board of Nursing required. Certification by American Nurses Association in Psychiatric Nursing required.
2. Minimum of two (2) years of clinical psychiatric nursing experience is required.
3. Valid MD state driver’s license is required for the Geropsych service line.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Clinical and professional knowledge regarding individual, group and family psychotherapy is required. Clinical, technical and professional level of knowledge of nursing's current issues relevant to delivery systems, quality assurance and professional practice is required. Knowledge regarding organizational change and methodologies for affecting change through leadership is required.
2. Ability to work autonomously in providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy and family therapy is required.
3. Demonstrated success in a leadership role exhibiting teaching, coaching and mentoring skills is required.
4. Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are necessary.
5. Ability to effectively collaborate with other disciplines is required.
6. Ability to actively utilize consultation provided by experienced psychiatric clinicians to enhance level and treatment of individual cases is required.
7. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient populations(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.