Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Salt Lake City, Utah
5d ago

Job Summary

The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) to provide mental and behavioral health care at a variety of practice sites including but not limited to : , South Jordan Health Center, Farmington Health Center, Polizzi Clinic, Wellness, Oncology, Student Services, and others.

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Sciences exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education.

Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The Health Sciences Center seeks faculty and staff who are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission.


  • Position Summary : The PMHNPs hired will : model the provision of comprehensive mental health care in a clinical practice setting;
  • demonstrate psychiatric advanced practice nursing skills in health promotion, diagnosis and treatment; provide and manage pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies;
  • provide and manage therapeutic counseling and related interventions; and use the process of assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation to provide evidenced-based care to address the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients.

    The position requires a considerable degree of independent skills and judgment necessary to monitor and respond to changes in patients’ condition, as well as critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making to help patients across the lifespan achieve, maintain, and restore health.

    Engagement in clinical education through PMHNP student precepting is an expectation of the position.

    Principle Functions and major areas of responsibility include :

    1. Perform accurate comprehensive health history, review of systems, and psychiatric mental health examination, concluding with diagnosis and treatment.

    2. Order, perform, and interpret diagnostic procedures and tests, as indicated by the history and psychiatric mental health examination, to identify and assess psychiatric issues and health care needs.

    3. Develop differential diagnoses on the basis of clinical and laboratory data.

    4. Provide inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care. Recognize emergency situations and initiate emergency care / triage.

    5. Provide individualized client therapy and psycho-education for identified problems, disease states, and social / cultural situation.

    6. Collaborate with other members of the health care team to coordinate care for clients.

    7. Complete necessary documentation appropriately, including the billing encounter form.

    8. Instruct, supervise / precept and serve as mentor to students and trainees in medicine and nursing as assigned. Ensure a positive learning environment.

    9. Participate in interprofessional collaborative practice, sharing and receiving referrals for care with other professionals.

    10. Participate in research / scholarship.

    11. Contribute to site-specific quality improvement and care provision data collection efforts.

    12. Maintain clinical competence by participating in and offering leadership for continuing education activities.

    This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

    Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required :

    Nearly Continuously : Office environment.

    Often : Infectious disease, oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals ).

    Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

    Nearly Continuously : Hearing, listening, talking.

    Often : Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

    Seldom : Bending, reaching overhead.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Licensure to practice as a Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Utah. Nationally certified as a Nurse Practitioner as required under State Law.

  • Certification in ACLS / BLS / NRP / ATLS may be required by your department or by privileging criteria. Demonstrated clinical competence and in-depth knowledge of specialty area;
  • and demonstrated leadership, teaching, research and communication skills are required.

    Utah State prescriptive privileges preferred.

    Licensure is obtained by completing a Master’s degree in Nursing or equivalency (the only equivalency to the Master’s degree is current licensure as a Nurse Practitioner) and a National Certification which requires the successful completion of a nationally accredited examination.

    UHPPM 1-56 requires that newly hired non-physician providers apply for credentialing and privileging at the time of hire.

    Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


    The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

    Graduation from an accredited College or School of Nursing as a PMHNP . Doctor of Nursing Practice ( DNP ) degree preferred.

    Individuals who are licensed and certified as a psychiatric mental health APRN / Clinical Nurse Specialist will be considered.

    Excellent clinical and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with patients and other members of the health care and academic team are critical to success.

    Type Benefited Staff

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    Additional Information

    The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.

    In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information.

    Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

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