Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Denver, CO)

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless | Denver, CO

Job Description

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless seeks an Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Prescriptive Authority to provide psychiatric consultations to Case Managers, Therapists, Primary Care Medical Providers (PCMPs) and Behavioral Health Providers (BHPs), as well as provide longer-term psychiatric care to patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This position is located at 2100 Broadway Denver, CO 80205. The position reports to the Director of Psychiatry and Program Managers.

NOTE: For compliance reasons, after a job offer has been extended, the candidate chosen to fill this clinical position will be required to complete our agency’s credentialing and privileging process prior to start date. This process can take up to four weeks to complete. Please note that start date will be scheduled once credentialing and privileging is complete.

Coalition Benefits

In addition to the unique challenges and extraordinary rewards of our work, eligible Coalition employees enjoy a rich benefits package, including:

  • Health insurance coverage on the first day of employment: full-time employees contribute only 1% of their earnings for their own health coverage, and no more than 4% of their earnings for coverage of eligible dependents. We’re proud to offer same- and opposite-sex domestic partner coverage;
  • Dental, vision, and flexible spending/dependent care/public transit accounts;
  • Free basic life insurance and long-term disability coverage;
  • Dollar-for-dollar retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of earnings;
  • Extensive paid time-off, including 8 holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and three weeks of vacation for new full-time employees in their first full year.

Our Mission

The mission of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.

Our Philosophy of Service

We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.

We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:

  1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those we serve, affirming their capabilities, and fostering their hope that a better life is possible;
  2. Building strong, caring communities through the integration of housing, healthcare, and supportive services;
  3. Advocating for social equity and challenging the status quo on behalf of the individuals and families we serve;
  4. Achieving excellence through continuous quality assurance, innovation, and professional development; and
  5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Provides direct psychiatric care including new patient evaluations, follow-up care, and care coordination on both a scheduled and walk in basis.
  2. Works closely with BHPs and psychiatrists to provide consultation to PCMPs within the Health Center.
  3. Functions as an integral part of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, to include attending team meetings, problem-solving client/patient management and engagement, and seeing clients/patients in the community or in their homes.
  4. Provides urgent / crisis care to individuals with psychiatric disorders.
  5. Makes diagnostic assessments consistent with DSM5 and/or ICD10, to include consideration of the patient’s economic and housing circumstances, medical conditions, and substance use disorders.
  6. Orders and interprets diagnostic test(s) when indicated.
  7. Makes treatment recommendations which address both substance use disorders and mental health conditions, including consideration of a patient’s trauma history, economic circumstances, and housing status.
  8. In concert with other team members, develops individualized treatment plans to address the patient’s goals and objectives.
  9. Assists in the coordination of care with a patient’s other providers, both within CCH and at outside agencies.
  10. Submits charts for review and co-signature per CCH policy and state regulations.
  11. Collaborates with colleagues on complex cases. Refers patients for consultation / transfer of care when an impasse in treatment is reached or when the patient’s medical or psychiatric acuity is beyond the scope of an Advanced Practice Nurse or Physician’s Assistant.
  12. Works collaboratively with all members of the ACT and health-care teams to offer patients comprehensive and integrated care.
  13. Maintains a work environment that is marked by respect for others; that values inclusiveness and builds workforce diversity; and that fosters cooperation and teamwork.
  14. Evaluates individuals’ psychiatric disability status and prepares necessary reports and forms.
  15. Facilitates client participation in the treatment process by providing information and choices in a non-judgmental, respectful manner.
  16. Participates in regularly scheduled meetings, including (but not limited to) weekly team or suite meetings, bi-monthly discipline meetings, and periodic trainings.
  17. Participates in initiatives within the Health Center to develop more compassionate, expedited, and user-friendly ways to deliver health care.
  18. Practices in a way that reflects CCH’s mission and Philosophy of Service, to include harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and recovery-oriented care.
  19. Participates in the assessment of dangerousness; and facilitates transfer of care to inpatient setting when clinically necessary. Advanced Practice Nurses will place Mental Health Holds when indicated.
  20. Maintains and enhances a current level of knowledge relative to professional practice, and continually strives to improve the quality of clinical care at CCH.
  21. Follows HIPAA and professional guidelines regarding patient confidentiality.
  22. Participates in quality improvement, outcome evaluation and peer review activities.
  23. Participates in regular supervision with Psychiatric Director or his/her designee.
  24. Available by cell phone during agreed-upon hours. Available (can be remotely) approximately 8 weekends / year to check and follow up on tasks and labs in the EHR.
  25. Uses the Electronic Health Record to appropriately document patient care, including the following:
  • Records all patient visits electronically in NextGen, ensuring that PMH, PPsyH, FH, Social History, allergies and medications are recorded for each patient.
  • Orders patient medications and maintains an up-to-date list of all medications in use by each patient.
  • Orders in-house and send-out labs, and signs off on labs via the lab module or the PAQ.
  • Uses the Inbox to manage tasks.
  • Uses the Telephone Template to record communications regarding a patient.
  • Participates in ongoing EHR training.
  • Captures information as necessary to meet Meaningful Use and HRSA clinical measures.
  • Completes charting and submits all billing codes for patients seen in clinic within a 24-hour period.

Employee must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of self or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications Summary

  1. A Master of Science degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the American Nurses Association or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  2. Current registration in the State of Colorado as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  3. Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center.
  4. Prescriptive authority from the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Consideration will be given to candidates who have completed all requirements for this authority except for supervisory hours.
  5. Eligible for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) licensure.

Application Instructions


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Résumés without a cover letter may not be considered. In addition to information about qualifications, applicants must describe their interest in helping homeless people and should include language describing their understanding of the causes of homelessness. Please indicate where you first saw this job posting in your cover letter.

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is committed to delivering services, making employment-related decisions, selecting volunteers, and selecting vendors without regard to age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, military status, or any other applicable status protected by law.