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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - ( 240002AA )


Tewksbury Hospital, part of Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), is seeking a dynamic and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to play an essential role in delivering psychiatric services, emphasizing psychopharmacology, to medical inpatients. As a vital member of our healthcare community, you will conduct psychiatric consultations and urgent diagnostic evaluations for medical patients with diverse needs, including those with co-occurring mental illness, addiction disorders, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and special needs populations. Your responsibilities extend to providing psychopharmacologic evaluations and ongoing consultative management, collaborating on treatment plans, and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Your impact goes beyond clinical duties as you engage in interdisciplinary teams, facilitate leadership activities, and foster integrated behavioral health and medical care for our patients. Collaboration is key as you consult with legal personnel, attend meetings and conferences, and maintain communication with attending physicians and healthcare providers. Upholding the highest standards, you integrate current psychopharmacology literature into practice and ensure accurate patient records while participating in routine education regarding policy and regulatory processes. Join us in providing comprehensive psychiatric care and making a difference in the lives of our patients and community!

This position works 40 hours per week, with Saturday and Sunday off.

Employees in this position will be required to work mandatory overtime.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
• Perform psychiatric evaluations and urgent diagnostic assessments for medical inpatients, including those with co-occurring mental illness, addiction disorders, and developmental disabilities.
• Formulate and communicate psychopharmacologic treatment plans in collaboration with requesting physicians.
• Prescribe or recommend medications to improve patients' psychosocial and vocational functioning, promoting integration into the community.
• Assess patients' capacity for informed consent regarding prescribed medications and collaborate with staff to take appropriate actions when necessary.
• Seek collaborative consultation with hospital psychiatrists for challenging cases and complicated treatment scenarios.
• Facilitate comprehensive treatment by collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and coordinating multiple behavioral health and medical services.
• Respond to psychiatric emergencies on medical services and manage inpatients manifesting assaultive/abusive behaviors.
• Provide evaluations for disability and guardianship proceedings in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
• Maintain accurate patient records and integrate current psychopharmacology literature and research into clinical practice.
• Engage in professional development through attendance at staff meetings, lectures, seminars, and additional forums to stay informed about behavioral health treatments and exchange information with colleagues.

Required Qualifications
• Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of psychiatry.
• Understanding of diagnostic and treatment methods and techniques used in the field of behavioral health and psychopharmacology clinical practice.
• Knowledge of the types and characteristics of drugs used in providing behavioral health care.
• Ability to exercise a broad range of clinical interviewing techniques.
• Knowledge of the factors, trends and problems in providing behavioral health services to under-served, complex, culturally diverse medical inpatients.
• Ability to establish rapport with persons from varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
• Ability to effectively interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.

DPH Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high-quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. According to comparative analyses, Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states, but we still face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious diseases, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

More information can be found at: www.mass.gov/DPH

Learn more about nursing opportunities at DPH https://www.mass.gov/info-details/nursing-roles-at-dph

About Tewksbury Hospital

Tewksbury Hospital offers a broad range of services, including a physician on site at all times, around-the-clock nursing care, rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, psychology services, social services, nutritional services, and an on-site dialysis clinic.

Learn more about our important work: https://www.mass.gov/locations/tewksbury-hospital

Pre-Hire Process

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions about this requisition, please contact EOHHS Employment and Staffing Customer Service at 1-800-510-4122, option 4.

Questions or issues regarding access/login credentials to MassCareers, please contact the Mass HR ESC at 617-979-8500.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic, or medical facility, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*
• Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements

Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Current and valid authorization to practice as a Nurse Practitioner by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Title 101 CMR 23.00 / Vaccination Requirement / Posting Language *Applies to congregate care and 24/7 facilities

Title 101 CMR 23.00 (“Regulation”) requires certain agency staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccination and Influenza vaccination, or have taken required mitigation measures, to prevent viral infection and transmission in State Hospitals and State Congregate Care Facilities. The Regulation applies to this position. Successful candidates will be required to acknowledge and attest to your vaccination status for both COVID-19 and Influenza.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title : Nurse Practitioner

Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street

Job : Medical Services

Agency : Department of Public Health

Schedule : Full-time

Shift : Day

Job Posting : Mar 14, 2024, 4:15:53 PM

Number of Openings : 1

Salary : 103,223.38 - 172,245.58 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : Sandra Semedo: [email protected] - 6173524250

Bargaining Unit : 07-MNA - Professional Health Care

Confidential : No

Potentially Eligible for a Hybrid Work Schedule : No
Tewksbury MA USA


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