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Clinical Nurse Specialist (Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse)
Job Number: 2019-32177
Category: Healthcare
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Rotation
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Psychiatry-Adult Division - W833011
Salary Grade: 47
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: May 31, 2019


Reporting to the Chief of Medicine or Medical Staff Physician, the Clinical Nurse Specialist utilizes the medical model to meet a variety of health care needs. The Clinical Nurse Specialist works with a variety of professionals in a mental health inpatient environment and provides basic medical services supervised by a licensed physician.


  • Provide direct patient care including psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow- up care of adult patients on assigned units under the supervision of the collaborating psychiatrist.
  • Develop and lead patient psycho-educational groups. Provide education and consultation to unit nursing staff regarding current evidence-based practices in psychiatric nursing, person-centered care and recovery
  • Prescribe appropriate psychiatric/medical medications
  • Provide on-going medication monitoring for efficacy and side effects from psychiatric medications performing AIMS testing as required by facility protocol
  • Assess patient's capacity for making informed treatment decisions
  • Provide education and consultation to nursing staff regarding evidence-based practices that enhance patient-center care and the recovery process.
  • Work collaborative with community care clinicians to assess patients' needs, provide continuity of care as patients prepare for transition and discharge into the community, and develop appropriate discharge aftercare plans.
  • Participate fully in all site-based performance improvement activities in accordance with job responsibilities
  • Perform or schedule laboratory and diagnostic procedures to determine health status as assigned by the physician
  • Obtain histories and perform physical examinations to determine normal and abnormal adult health status
  • Communicate findings in a comprehensive and organized fashion verbally and in writing
  • Identify patient health problems and prescribes treatment based on diagnosis
  • Make appropriate, timely referrals and initiates treatments based on policies and procedures, and physician direction
  • Document health problems and plan of care
  • Implement medical care in a knowledgeable, safe and cost-effective manner, utilizing therapeutic regimens approved by the physician and in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Evaluates and documents patient progress and response to medical interventions
  • Make referrals as necessary to the physician or other health team members
  • Work within the framework of a current written Collaborative Agreement with an assigned supervising physician
  • Serve as a resource to other professionals or non-professional personnel providing instructions
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • MSN or Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Hold a current Nurse Practitioner license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Must have or be able to obtain Federal  DEA Registration
  • Must have or be able to obtain Mass. Controlled Substance Certificate

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