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Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant - New Bedford

Company: Northeast Healthcare Recruitment
Location: New Bedford
Posted on: April 8, 2019

Job Description:

Responsibilities:As part of our multi-disciplinary team, the Nurse Practitioner/ PA will provide initial evaluations, psychopharmacological management, and behavioral management consultation. Typically, our NPs/PAs travel to one facility per day. The population in each facility varies among residents with dementia, depression, anxiety, or other mental health diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.Responsibilities of the Nurse Practitioner/ Physician assistant include, but are not limited to:

  • Assess current medical or psychiatric status.
  • Review all current regular and prn medications, labs, x-rays and any other pertinent data
  • Monitor psychiatric medications for effectiveness, response of resident, usage of prns and side effects. Inform residents of potential side effects of psychiatric medications. Recommend (not prescribe or order) the initiation of any psychiatric medication deemed appropriate.
  • Monitor the tapering of psychiatric medications according to federal regulations. Collaborate with the psychiatrist (and attending MD as appropriate) to document when tapers are clinically contraindicated for a resident. If a dose exceeds guidelines, similar documentation will be done.
  • Recommend nursing and, when appropriate, behavioral interventions to nursing home staff. Develop behavior plans as needed.
  • Collaborate with nursing staff if a significant change in status occurs and on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure that each psychiatric medication has an appropriate, corresponding diagnosis. The Nurse Practitioner/PA will suggest that all psychiatric diagnoses are updated on the doctor's order/pharmacy sheets.
  • Complete the AIMS testing every three to six months on residents receiving an antipsychotic medication.Requirements:Degree from an accredited college/university.Proper Massachusetts licensure in order to fulfill position requirements.Prior behavioral health experienced preferred. Experience working with geriatric clients required.Excellent communication skills.Ability to build strong rapport with patients, families, and nursing home staff.

Keywords: Northeast Healthcare Recruitment, New Bedford , Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant - New Bedford, Healthcare , New Bedford, Massachusetts

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