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Civil Service - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatric

at Snohomish County PUD

Posted: 12/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1805174
Keywords: nurse, nursing

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


To provide mental health care services to patients incarcerated in the Snohomish County Jail.

Job Duties

  1. Provides comprehensive mental health care services with responsibility for examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients, within scope of licensing and qualifications; develops health care plan according to established standards of care in a correctional setting.
  2. Provides treatment and advice to patients as may be indicated; prescribes medications, secures case history and related pertinent information; examines patients, utilizes laboratory and other diagnostic tests, interpreting findings for diagnosis; diagnoses ailment(s) and provides necessary treatment and follow?up treatment as may be indicated and within scope of qualifications license; consults with jail mental health professionals (MHP's) and community providers as needed.
  3. Refers patients with serious medical conditions to ARNP (Adult Medicine) if indicated or refers serious mental conditions to the mental health professional staff if indicated.
  4. Maintains clinical records on all patients seen in a manner consistent with confidentiality of health care records guidelines and department regulations protocol.
  1. Conducts face to face assessments with inmates in both the medical clinic and on the inmate housing units when indicated.
  2. Consults with the Health Services Administrator or Registered Nurse Supervisor, Lead Mental Health Professional, families, contract Medical Professionals, staff and other outside providers as may be necessary.
  3. Provides instruction, guidance or in?service training to mental health, medical, and detention staff as appropriate.
  4. Develops and updates standing orders; participates in the development of mental health protocols.
  5. Reviews all suicide attempts; conducts face to face assessments.
  6. Participates in developing and determining the standards of care and goals of the Mental Health Services as well as the development and implementation of a quality assurance program as needed.
  7. Participates in a shared on?call system with other providers as scheduled.
  8. Participates in management/departmental meetings as requested.
  9. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) (Psychiatric) must have completed a formal nurse practitioner program and be certified for advanced practice in the State of Washington; AND, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), preferably psychiatric; AND a Master's degree in nursing or related health care field. Current Washington Psychiatric ARNP licensure with prescriptive authority required. Prefer one (1) year of experience in a mental health setting, with demonstrated ability to relate effectively with people of varied backgrounds. Past experience in correctional health care preferred. Candidate must be a lawful permanent resident or United States citizen. Must pass job-related tests.
Candidates must successfully pass a criminal history background investigation and pre-employment drug screening.  A valid Washington State Driver's License, unrestricted except as to vision, will be required prior to appointment. Candidates must be at least 21 years old at the time of application, no maximum age. As a condition of continued employment must maintain certification and license as required by applicable statutes

Additional Information

Knowledge of:
  • mental health, drug abuse, and alcohol treatment systems
  • medications and expected actions and side effects
  • professional nursing principles and concepts
  • body physiological and anatomical systems
  • blood/airborne pathogens and universal precautions for personnel safety
  • laboratory values and their meanings
  • basic principles of program planning, organization and implementation
Ability to:
  • read, interpret and apply work related laws, rules and regulations
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and prepare required reports
  • analyze and solve work related problems and make decisions under pressure
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees and the general public
Employees may be required to restrain, lift or move inmates for emergency medical purposes. Mental health assessments require good hearing and vision.
Employees perform assigned duties independently under the guidance of the Health Services Administrator.
The work is performed in a maximum security detention facility for adults.  


Candidates must submit an on-line application through Snohomish County's NEOGOV site   Qualified candidates will be notified to self-schedule for an oral board interview.  Interview dates will be scheduled periodically throughout the advertising period.  A final score of 70% will be required in order for the candidate's name to appear on the eligibility list.

Pre-employment examinations may include, but are not limited to, a complete background investigation, fingerprinting, criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening.
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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