Psychiatric PA/NP

Corpus Christi, Texas   |     Regular Part Time    |     Job ID:18939


Wexford Health

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POSITION:            Psychiatric PA/NP
SCHEDULE:         Part Time up to 18 hours per week
FACILITY:             Nueces County Jail
LOCATION:          Corpus Christi, TX

A Job Should be MORE than just a paycheck.
Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest correctional health care providers.  Over the past 30 years, our team of dedicated clinical professionals has helped literally millions of justice-involved patients receive life-changing medical and mental health services.
The majority of our patients come from marginalized or impoverished backgrounds.  In many cases, our doctors, nurses, and behavioral health professionals represent the patient’s first experience with quality, compassionate health care.
We heal and rehabilitate thousands of incarcerated patients every day.
When you join Wexford Health, you do more than just further your career.
You also become part of a team-a family-whose mission is to care for patients that cannot care for themselves.
You change lives.
You make a difference.
If you are looking for a position that empowers you to do MORE… then look at Wexford Health.


The Psychiatric Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner provides a broad range of services including the assessment, identification and treatment of mental health concerns, health education to patients, and illness coping mechanisms.  The Psychiatric PA/NP also acts as a consultant to the mental health staff.  The incumbent is responsible for delivery of patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation; directs and guides ancillary personnel, while maintaining standards of professional nursing. 
  1. Assesses patient/inmate’s mental health status and assists the Site Medical Director with patient health management as required.
  2. Supports and provides direction for the psychiatric and behavioral health care delivery system and coordinates with the other functions with the facility.
  3. Orders appropriate diagnostic tests and procedures to effectively diagnose and treat the patient’s health condition.
  4. Dispenses, prescribes and administers medications as specified in the drug formulary protocol for PA/NPs and as approved by the appropriate regulatory boards.  Monitors and ensures the appropriate utilization of psychotropic medications.
  5. Initiates referrals to other members of the health care team, monitors the schedule of patients for special tests.
  6. Provides leadership to Mental Health Professionals, RNs and LPNs and other nursing paraprofessionals in patient care as related to mental health aspects of patient care.
  7. Counsels inmate-patients on preventative care, mental health problems, and use of prescribed treatment.
  8. Establishes individualized treatment plans and ensures the continuity of care for inmates requiring on-going mental health care services.
  9. Utilizes the SOAP charting format to document pertinent inmate information in chronological order in the health record.
  10. Prepares patients for and perform or assist in special treatments, procedures and examinations.
  11. Makes infirmary rounds, housing rounds and staff the screening areas as requested.
  12. Performs historical and physical examinations.
  13. Adheres to Wexford Health and facility policies to include, but not be limited to, dress code/personal appearance; attendance and punctuality; schedule adherence; time clock procedures; and safety and security regulations.
  14. Maintains the confidentiality of inmate records.
  15. Approaches change in a positive manner.  Makes suggestions for improving work conditions to the Site Medical Director or Health Services Administrator.
  16. Assists with the orientation of new employees as requested or assigned.
  17. Participates in the training of Wexford/facility personnel on mental health as required per NCCHC and ACA standards, as applicable.
  18. Respects dignity and confidentiality of patients.
LICENSING: Current, unrestricted Texas Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant license required.  Current Texas Controlled Substance license.  Current DEA.
CERTIFICATION: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Physician Assistant certification required.  Current CPR Certification.  
EDUCATION: Graduate of college/university Advanced Practice Nurse or Physician Assistant program
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Minimum two (2) years of clinical experience; correctional healthcare experience a plus




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