The Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) provides primary psychiatric assessment and management of patients with co-morbid medical disease and mental illness. As an independent APRN in the State of Illinois, provides initial psychiatric consultations in all settings across Cook County Health (CCH) including Stroger Emergency, outpatient clinics, Correctional Health Services, and inpatient settings. The APRN will assess and manage using advance diagnostic skills, interpreting results, and prescribing psychotropic medications as approved by the medical staff. (Multiple vacancies)
- Assesses referred patients and provides consultation for patients across clinical settings within Cook County Health (i.e., Correctional Health Services, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency rooms, Community Triage and Stabilization Center.
- Orders and reviews tests, formulates treatment plan and meets with patients/families/providers to inform them of biopsychosocial management plan.
- Provides education about behavioral health screening, treatment, and patient safety issues to patients, students, and clinical staff.
- Documents all encounters with patients in the electronic medical record and communicates diagnoses and treatment recommendations to appropriate staff.
- Makes appropriate referrals for patients depending upon clinical need.
- Attends required meetings and participates in assigned committees.
- Participates in necessary peer review and quality assurance activities.
- Contacts on-call Psychiatrist via telehealth/telepsychiatry if specific patient challenges exist.
- Provides trauma informed care interventions, as needed.
- Addresses recovery needs and consults as indicated.
- Maintains secure environment in ensuring patient safety
- Collaborates with CCH leadership and staff to evaluate and facilitate patient care in the scope of Psychiatry.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Current License as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Illinois or have the ability to obtain license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
- Current State of Illinois Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License or have the ability to obtain license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
- Must obtain a DEA license or have the ability to obtain license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
- Must obtain an IL Controlled Substance License or have the ability to obtain license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
- Certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and/or Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with one (1) year of experience prescribing psychotropic medications
- Position requires local travel for which the employee must possess a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle or otherwise provide an acceptable and reliable means of transportation
- Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Nursing with a concentration in the field of psychiatric nursing
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
- Knowledge of age-specific and culture-specific differences in the served population, including physiological, psychological, cultural, and developmental differences in each group.
- Knowledge of all applicable departmental, Cook County, state and federal regulations regarding patient care.
- Proficiency in Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
- Strong organizational skills to manage large volume of patients and referrals.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships with members of the health care team, patients and other personnel.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to assess information, apply critical thinking to determine course of action and relay this information to patient’s families and clinical staff.
- Ability to work independently and to prioritize and mange time.
- Ability to demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity, gender differences and sexual orientation of patients and coworkers.
- Ability to provide clear and concise documentation regarding patients and to maintain this information in a confidential and HIPAA complaint manner.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service.
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
- Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
- Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, “Are you a Military Veteran?”
- Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing. Please note: If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, Please submit the one with the latest date. Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list and Honorable Discharge Status. Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable.
A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver’s License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.
If items are not attached, you will not be eligible for Veteran Preference.
VETERANS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS OR APPLICABLE STATE ID CARD OR DRIVER’S LICENSE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW
MUST MEET REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AT TIME OF APPLICATION
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
- Basic Term Life Insurance
- Pension Plan
- Deferred Compensation Program
- Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
- You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
- 100% Tuition Reimbursement for nursing-related programs
For further information on our excellent benefits package, please click on the following link: http://www.cookcountyrisk.com/
Must successfully meet the credentialing standards established by the Cook County Health to include a State of Illinois APN license and any other license, certification or specialized training, etc. no later than two (2) weeks prior to the candidate’s start date.
*Degrees awarded outside the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States' territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
- Please note all offers of Employment are contingent upon the following conditions: satisfactory professional & employment references, healthcare and criminal background checks, appropriate licensure/certifications and the successful completion of a physical and pre-employment drug screen.
- CCHHS is strictly prohibited from conditioning, basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of County employment or hiring upon or because of any political reason or factor.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER