Nurse Practitioner

State Of Massachusetts Pocasset , MA 02559

Posted 2 weeks ago

Pocasset Mental Health Center operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), is seeking an exceptional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to serve as a provider for patients in our acute inpatient unit as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The selected candidate will function as a clinical leader on the inpatient unit and as a clinical support to the team physician and leads the team in their absence. The incumbent will function as the primary provider of mental health services to a caseload of assigned patients and run groups on inpatient unit. Additionally, this individual oversees ongoing management of medical, psychiatric, and legal status arising on the Inpatient Unit. Some travel is required to attend trainings & meetings. There is frequent collaboration with attending MD, Social Workers, Nurses and Mental Health Workers. This role is an important component of the care provided to patients who are in the various stages of recovery from mental health issues. This is a wonderful opportunity to use all the skills and knowledge generally gained by completing an advanced practice degree program in mental health nursing.

Please Note: This position is 40 hours per week. The selected candidate will work from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Days off will be Sunday and Saturday. Based on assignment, travel may be required. Candidates will need a current a nd valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle for transportation.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Evaluating patients, including diagnostic evaluation.

  • Planning treatment, usually in group setting with patient present.

  • Provide individual treatment interventions to patients.

  • Provide individual medication teaching and obtaining appropriate consents.

  • Communicates and collaborates with departmental staff to engage in positive working relationships.

  • Ordering medications and treatments and evaluating their effectiveness and documenting same.

  • Monitor patient's legal status, provide guidance regarding time lines, guardianship issues, requirements to facility staff.

  • Participate in performance improvement.

  • Maintain current knowledge of psychiatric mental health nursing practice through attendance at seminars, conferences, workshops, in-services and continuing education programs as well as facility mandatory training.

  • Responds to psychiatric and medical emergencies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of methods used in evaluating clincal treatment strategies.

  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary staff and with all facets of the community's mental health system.

  • Ability to perform psychiatric assessments and diagnoses according to DSM IV standards.

  • Ability to anticipate and analyze difficult situations and take correct action to prevent problems from occurring.

  • Ability to interact with people who are under physical and emotional stress.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

  • Current and valid driver's license.

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse population with cultural competence and sensitivity, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies with diplomacy and tact.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

About the Pocasset Mental Health Center on Cape Cod:

The Pocasset Mental Health Center provides comprehensive services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute in-patient unit, Case Management, Partial Hospitalization Program, and Adult Community Clinical Services. The Pocasset Mental Health Center is a Joint Commission certified facility. In all we always aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and independence for patients, families, and employee alike.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508) 977-3120.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic, or medical facility, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements:

Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Current and valid authorization to practice as a Nurse Practitioner by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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