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Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health (9147C) 24630
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2021
Title Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health (9147C) 24630
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Nursing - Practitioner (all categories)
    Nursing - Psychiatric

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health (9147C) 24630

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

As a national collegiate leader, UC Berkeley's University Health Services (UHS) provides comprehensive medical, mental health, insurance and health promotion services to all Berkeley students, and a variety of health programs for faculty and staff. Approximately 65,000 visits occur annually including Primary Care, Urgent Care, Occupational Health and Specialty Clinics. Services are designed to minimize the impact of illness, emotional distress and injury on studies and work. Coupled with health promotion and public health programs, UHS reaches all segments of the Berkeley campus community. Learn more about us by visiting

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 10/12/21


Under the supervision of the Psychiatry Director, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) has day-to-day responsibility for providing comprehensive Psychiatry assessments and managing psychiatric care for patients referred to Psychiatry in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) setting within the University Health Services (UHS). The PMHNP works collaboratively with CAPS staff, other UHS staff, and community providers to coordinate timely, appropriate, and quality patient care. The PMHNP provides clinical consultation to CAPS staff and medical staff within UHS on an ad hoc basis. The PMHNP is also responsible for reviewing requests for medical records and documenting all contacts appropriately.

Responsibilities include:

I. Patient Care
The PMHNP provides direct patient service including new patient evaluation (emergent, urgent and routine), follow-up care and case management as required. This includes the following:
  • Initial intake evaluation for patients referred to psychiatry. An appropriate intake includes the reason for referral, history of present illness, pertinent medical and psychiatric histories, current medications, allergies, trauma and violence histories, substance use history, other pertinent psychosocial history and an appropriate mental status and physical examination.
  • Initial evaluation includes formulation based on information obtained in the first appointment, mental health differential diagnosis, treatment plan, and disposition. The treatment plan includes ordering and interpreting diagnostic test(s) as appropriate, recommending therapeutic treatment modalities (including medications), obtaining informed consent prior to initiating treatment(s), providing appropriate psychoeducation, and providing referrals as appropriate. The initial treatment plan may include referral to a CAPS staff or community psychiatrist or follow-up appointment with the PMHNP. Prior medical and/or mental health records from outside providers will be requested as appropriate.
  • Collaboration with all members of the medical and mental health care team throughout treatment
  • Discriminates between acute and chronic conditions and determines when to collaborate or refer to psychiatrist
  • Monitoring of changes in client's symptoms, mental status, and/or condition and medication side effects as appropriate. Collaborates with psychiatrist as needed
  • Changes to treatment plan as appropriate
  • Requests consultation with colleagues when appropriate

II. Collaboration and Consultation
The PMHNP collaborates in relation to providing direct patient care as above, and acts as a consultant in area of expertise to various clinical disciplines at UHS and the campus at large in the following manner:
  • In regard to direct patient care, the PMHNP collaborates with all members of the patient care team and consults with colleagues when appropriate (as above)
  • The PMHNP provides psychiatry consultation regarding patient assessment and management when requested by any staff member in Clinical Services, CAPS, Social Services, and other UHS staff, as needed
  • The PMHNP may provide consultation or information in regard to area of expertise to a campus group for the purposes of crisis intervention or education

III. Administrative
Maintains professional standards of documentation:
  • An initial intake (as specified above), follow-up appointments, any other patient or third-party contacts, consultations, termination summaries and all other pertinent and required patient-specific information are documented appropriately in the psychiatric record
  • Chart notes are succinct and accurate and completed in a timely fashion in the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Charting reflects the process of care, patient progress and current mental status
  • Informed consent is obtained and documented where applicable
  • Medication allergies and side effects are documented appropriately and kept up to date

Reviews requests for medical records:
  • The PMHNP provides clinical analysis and input as needed to review outside requests for UHS psychiatry records

IV. Organizational Responsibilities
The PMHNP conducts all activities with the mission and goals of CAPS, UHS and the campus in mind:
  • Adheres to principles of quality, customer oriented standards
  • Demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in all interactions with patients and staff
  • Maintains an understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of health, including mental health on the college campus
  • Participate constructively in staff meetings
  • When assigned, actively participates on UHS committees and/or the development of new programs/ideas
  • Documents and refers administrative inquiries, patient complaints/concerns to appropriate supervisors
  • Is knowledgeable of patient rights and responsibilities, rules of confidentiality and patient privacy
  • Readily accepts additional responsibility including assisting with unit operations when requested
  • Maintains patient records appropriately including confidentiality and completeness of notes. This includes written and electronic records
  • Is knowledgeable of UHS and campus departments, services, locations
  • Is knowledgeable of operational, administrative, business, and personnel policies
  • Works collaboratively with University Health Services staff
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability as health care practices and related technology change

V. Leadership/Professional Growth
The PMHNP demonstrates an ability to communicate knowledge and contributes to the professional development of colleagues:
  • Collaborates with other disciplines in planning, developing, gathering, implementing, and evaluating client education materials
  • Participates in the orientation of new employees as requested
  • Maintains current RN, NP, NP Furnishing, DEA and CPR licensing and certification
  • Demonstrates and supports professionalism in nursing and Nurse Practitioner practice
  • Serves as a resource person for other nursing staff in the enhancement of basic nursing practice
  • Takes responsibility for own educational needs and keeps current on literature pertinent to ongoing advanced practice.
  • Shares information from research in professional literature with other staff
  • Participates in the delivery of quality medical, nursing, and preventative health care services as appropriate
  • Assists in identifying mental health related NP staff educational needs and issues in NP practice
  • Contributes to (and participates in) Quality Improvement activities as needed e.g., case management conferences

VI. Work Standards
  • Demonstrates flexibility in work schedule
  • Keeps pace within appointment system and within expected goals of productivity
  • Contributes to productivity of unit by demonstrating an ability to work efficiently
  • Maintains communication and coordinates functions with staff
  • Maintains a professional demeanor even when under pressure or difficult situations are encountered
  • Demonstrates respect for co-workers
  • Initiates basic CPR

VII. Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
  • Must have effective diagnostic and decision making skills in area of specialty/expertise
  • Experience in the assessment of and ability to work with high risk populations, including severe and complex mental health concerns
  • Working knowledge of college developmental and mental health issues including dual diagnoses and ADHD
  • Experience working with and commitment to addressing the needs of multicultural and marginalized populations
  • Effective verbal and presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of applicable laws and standards of professional conduct
  • Expertise working in a collaborative manner with diverse patient groups, medical and mental health staff, and campus and community partners
  • Effective skills in communication, coordination and consultation
  • Must be computer literate

  • Successful completion of a Masters of Science in Nursing with a psychiatric/mental health specialty concentration or a Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Significant clinical experience in outpatient Psychiatry

Licenses or certifications, if any:
  • Active, unrestricted and valid California RN License and NP Certification
  • NP Furnishing Number and DEA License
  • BLS certification

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 3 years post-licensure
  • Experience working with multicultural and marginalized college student populations in university counseling
  • Working knowledge of electronic health records

Salary & Benefits

Hiring Range: $61.81 - $75.35 per hour. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

Your employment is dependent on obtaining and maintaining a credentialing clearance, background clearance and medical clearance according to University Health Service policies.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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