Psychiatric Advance Practical Nurse
at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Date Posted: 8/25/2017

Job Description

The Nurse Practitioner will provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to adult patients in an outpatient setting and will collaborate with treatment staff regarding care and treatment of shared clients between staff and programs.

Clinical Duties

  • Provide direct services to clients and families through evaluations, assessments, medication monitoring, education of medication purpose/side effects, diagnosis, and treatment options
  • Obtain relevant health histories as needed
  • Order and interpret finding of relevant diagnostic and laboratory tests if needed
  • Identify presentations of psychiatric disorders and related health problems
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and differentiate psychiatric presentations of medical conditions from psychiatric disorders
  • Develop differential diagnosis and work with the client, family, and multidisciplinary behavioral health team to facilitate treatment
  • Treat and collaborate with outpatient therapist on treatment plans for acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and mental health problems
  • Prescribe psychotropic and related medications based on clinical indicators
  • Review and assess the quality of services of children receiving psychiatric services in the community
  • Assist with identifying, obtaining and maintaining community linkages to necessary services
  • Participate in clinical staffing and case consultations
  • Participate in clinical supervision and consultation with agency psychiatrist
  • Available by phone for acute care/critical needs of clients
  • Review level of care recommendations, clinical assessments, & sign service orders for mental health services on an as needed basis or when medical director is not available.

Administrative Duties

  • Complete documentation required including progress notes, discharge summaries, and critical incident reports
  • Participate in activity planning for psychiatric program development
  • Work with supervisor to manage caseload efficiently for the purpose of achieving billing targets
  • Manage key performance indicators for outpatient psychiatric services
  • Participate in continued quality improvement plan for outpatient services
  • Meet supervision requirements to maintain good standing with professional licensure board. Work collaboratively with outpatient mental health therapists to treatment plan, assess level of risk, and coordinate quality of care for patients.

Job Requirements


  • Graduation from an Accredited School of Medicine or Nursing; certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an advanced practice nurse practitioner with training in psychiatric nursing. Licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse by NC Board of Nursing; Clinical Nurse Specialist with the same credentials.
  • The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner must have verifiable experience treating with mental health diagnoses.
  • Requires knowledge and the ability to practically implement mental health regulations and psychiatric services
  • Requires effective communication, decision-making, analytical, interpersonal, leadership, and professionalism skills and abilities
  • Must have basic computer skills
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and be willing to provide services in multiple sites
  • Must submit to and pass pre-employment drug screening, criminal, HCPR, and driving checks 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.

Key Words: APN, Social Services, Psychiatric, Psychiatry, Human Services, Adult Health Services, Nursing, Mental Health, Not for Profit, NonProfit, NFP, Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a not-for-profit social services agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It serves people of all faiths and all walks of life, including children, families and adults of all ages. Throughout the state, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois touches the lives of tens of thousands of people each year, serving people of all ages, races, religious and economic circumstances.

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