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Nurse Practitioner (CSU- Merced)

Merced, CA, USA Req #1291
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Named one of the best places to work in California!


We are committed to providing a  career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families. Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) currently employs approximately 1,700 people at more than 45 different sites throughout California in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno, Central Valley, Stanislaus, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Sacramento counties. We serve more than 30,000 children, youth and families annually throughout the state.


Our experienced staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Specialists, Parent Partners and other therapists/counselors provide case management, mental health care and a range of support services in schools, homes or other community settings.  Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other agencies.

JOB SUMMARY:  In collaboration with a designated physician the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is responsible for providing outpatient psychiatric care, including intakes, assessments, and furnishing and providing medication management, following established standards and practices. The PNP will review and analyze participant records in order to furnish and evaluate the usage of psychotropic and other drugs and the quality and appropriateness of the care of mental health participants.




Must have a Master's Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from an accredited university; completion of an approved Adult, Child, or Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program; possession of a Certificate by the State of California as a Nurse Practitioner; possession of a State of California issued medication furnishing number and a certificate issued by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration for the furnishing for psychotropic medications. Doctorate degree preferred.



Must have two to three years of experience with adults and children greater than age 12 who present and are assessed with a DSM-V diagnosis.  Experience with mentally ill participants preferred.


License or Certification

Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Nursing Education

Current certificate to practice as a Nurse Practitioner issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing

Current DEA License

Valid California Driver's License 



  1. Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with participants, families, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care and social services providers and the public.

  2. Ability to work independently and as a member of a treatment team.

  3. Good coordination and meeting facilitation skills.

  4. Ability to develop strong relationships with other agencies and community partners.

  5. Good organizational, writing, and time management skills.

  6. Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment.

  7. Ability to understand and work with participants from diverse cultural backgrounds in a positive manner.



  1. Ability to physically perform ProACT.

  2. Ability to visually and audibly assess participants’ behavior and needs.

  3. Ability to stand and walk for long periods, up to 3 hours at a time.

  4. Ability to drive within the community in personal vehicle.



  1. Potential for eye and wrist strain from computer screen and minor lacerations from paper cuts.

  2. Interaction with potentially assaultive youth.

  3. Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I).



Essential Duties

  1. Performs complete initial psychiatric assessments on participants to determine DSM V diagnosis and develop a plan of care including medication furnishing if indicated.

  2. Provides psychiatric services to participants, including psychiatric evaluation and follow up, prescriptions, medication consents, and case management.

  3. Develops, follows and maintains a comprehensive treatment plan that adequately addresses the behavioral healthcare medical needs of the participant. Uses both nursing and psychiatric NP skills to develop a comprehensive and holistic plan of care appropriate to participant’s condition setting and course of care.

  4. Provides timely documentation of each encounter with a participant, including symptoms addressed, need for current treatment, and rationale for any changes in treatment, within an electronic medical record.

  5. Develops Standards of Care with collaborating Psychiatrist defining agreed upon level of review and support. Seeks immediate consultation with physician for the following: Emergent conditions requiring prompt medical intervention or hospitalization; acute decomposition of participants’ condition; participant problems that are not resolving as anticipated; if diagnostic, prescriptive or therapeutic procedure/intervention, then cannot be performed by the nurse practitioner.

  6. Partners with Behavioral Health staff to ensure services are integrated into the clinical treatment with the highest level of quality attainable.

  7. Availability by phone to provide support and assistance in problem resolution.

  8. Ensures compliance with legal, regulatory, and clinical policies and procedures with regard to medical care.


    Other Responsibilities

  1. Provides consultation to Behavioral Health staff.

  2. Participates in quarterly peer reviews.

  3. Outreaches to community agencies and health care settings.

  4. Collaborates with agency leadership to enhance the Psychiatry Program.

  5. Participates in the Agency’s Total Quality Management program. Attends and participates in CQI Councils as needed.  

  6. Participates in the agency’s and SBHG’s Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement systems which support compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards as applicable.

  7. Participates in TQM activities as requested including CQI subcommittees, probes, peer review, audit and/or tracer activities as appropriate.

  8. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and the employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Administrator as needed.



  1. Demonstrated ability to prescribe medications, seclusions, restraints or other interventions as appropriate.

  2. Demonstrated ability to engage participants and families.

  3. Demonstrated ability to assess and diagnose psychiatric illness and its treatment.

  4. Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement an effective psychiatric care plan.

  5. Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and it treatment as appropriate for Scope of Practice.

  6. Demonstrated understanding of Company’s Compliance Program and Code of Ethics.

  7. Demonstrated understanding of laws and regulation affecting behavioral health clinical care.

  8. Ability to perform clear and concise documentation including use of the EMR where applicable.

  9. Demonstrated understanding of how to behave in a safe manner while seeing participants in the community or facility as applicable.

  10. Demonstrated ability to recognize dangerous behavior or health status change by participants and intervene as appropriate.


We offer: 

  • DailyPay
  • MFTI and ACSW’s receive supervision for BBS hours
  • Competitive compensation
  • Company paid benefits package including medical, dental and vision and many other voluntary benefits
  • Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
  • Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
  • Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve
  • Family-oriented environment
  • On the job training including paid CEU opportunities and career development
  • Flexible work schedule and environment
  • Mileage reimbursement

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Merced, CA, USA