Physicians Assistant or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Family Service Agency of SF - San Francisco, CA

Part-timeEstimated: $100,000 - $140,000 a year
Agency Overview

Founded in 1889, Felton/Family Service Agency of San Francisco is the oldest nonsectarian, nonprofit charitable social-services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. Our mission is to strengthen families by providing caring, effective, and innovative social services, with special emphasis on the needs of low-income families, children, and the elderly and disabled people, thus improving the quality of life for all San Franciscans.

Program Description

Felton’s Senior Division offers specialized, multidisciplinary geriatric mental health services and other aging-related social services to a diverse senior population. Our comprehensive mental health services include medication assessment and management, care management, individual and group therapy, community integration, peer case aides, and specialized outreach in the community. Our Geriatric Mental Health Model offers mental health services to older adults with severe psychiatric disorders in a continuum of care, including treatment of dual diagnosis and homeless individuals. Under contract with the Department of Public Health – Behavioral Health Services (BHS), the agency is committed to implementing Evidence-Based Practices and behavioral health research into its community-based mental health services.

Job Description

The nurse practitioner exercises medical responsibilities for psychiatric evaluation, medication assessment and medication monitoring, as part of the treatment team. The NP assist with crises interventions, including 5150 evaluations, as needed, orders diagnostic tests, and communicates medical issues with Primary Health Care provider. The NP maintains client caseload and clinical records in accordance with mandated standards, consults and provides on-going education to non-medical staff in psychopharmacology and medical aspects of patient care.

Program Specific Responsibilities

Exercises medical responsibilities for psychiatric evaluation, medication assessment, and medication monitoring
Orders diagnostic tests as needed
Works with an interdisciplinary team that includes a clinical case manager, other nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, community specialists (peer support staff), and other allied health professionals in the community
Works in collaboration with the clinical team to provide therapy and education to clients, including but not limited to harm reduction, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing
Works in collaboration with the clinical team to make appropriate referrals and linkages to other services in support of clients.
Coordinates medical issues with Primary Health Care provider
Maintains client caseload, as needed
Maintains clinical records in accordance with mandated standards
Consults and provides on-going education to non-medical staff in psychopharmacology and medical aspects of patient care

Minimum Qualifications:
Completion of training in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program
Active Nurse Practitioner license from the California Board of Registered Nursing, or ability to obtain one with three months of employment
Active Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number, or ability to obtain one within six months of employment
Bilingual/Bicultural in Cantonese preferred; Mandarin is a plus
Experience in working with geriatric population
Demonstrated commitment to the welfare of individuals and families with mental/behavioral health issues
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases and psychosis. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions and preventative healthcare measures
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and effective disorders
Complex problem solving; identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Critical thinking skills; using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Social perceptiveness skills; being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service orientation skills; actively looking for ways to help people
Demonstrated interest in ongoing learning and training
Ability to be a team player with a welcoming attitude
Valid California Driver’s license and car preferred

Additional Information:
Division: Senior Division

Position: 40-60% FTE

Reports to: Program Manager and Lead Psychiatrist

Cathy Spensley, LCSW,

Senior Division Director

Felton Institute