New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 07-Feb-2019 to 08-Apr-2019 (EST)
  • PI- Geriatric Psychiatry
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $75,402 + $6,435.50 differential pay
  • Salary
  • Part Time

Full benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort

In working with a geriatric population, the NP working within a written practice agreement or a collaborative relationship with a physician in an area of specialty, assesses the status of a patient by means of interview, patient history, examinations and diagnostic tests. The NP evaluates test findings, makes diagnoses, initiates appropriate action to facilitate the implementation of the plan of care, and manages the health care of patients within established practice protocols.

The primary responsibilities of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner are the evaluation and treatment of adult psychiatric patients within various medication research trials in the Adult and Late Life Depression Clinic.


Typical tasks include, but are not limited to:

1. Developing a health profile by taking health and developmental history, analyzing clinical laboratory data and other diagnostic tests, pertinent psychosocial data , and health assessment.
Reviewing presenting problem, date of onset and duration
Obtaining information about prior areas of difficulty or disability
Determining the extent of previous treatment modalities for each difficulty or disability identified
Performing physical examination to include blood pressure, clinical rating scales, weight and height
Ordering routine laboratory tests such as CBC , blood chemistry , urinalysis, serology , as well as those tests that are indicated by a mental health exam in order to prescribe medications or establish drug/alcohol usage
Recording findings of health exam on appropriate forms

2. Assessing data, discriminating between normal and abnormal  findings.
Identifying abnormalities that require further study
Determining if results of laboratory tests are within normal limits
3. Developing or assisting in the development of a treatment care plan for mental health in collaboration with a physician. The Treatment  Plan requires the signature of a physician.
Making appropriate referrals to other community health care providers, including physicians, for medication and consultation
Collaborating with other health disciplines to ensure continuity of care
Counseling clients and family relatives as to the nature and course of illness, medication regimen, test , or treatment procedures, etc.
Providing counseling to clients about health maintenance , stabilization of illness, and prevention of relapse
Providing medication management for assigned patients
4. Evaluating the treatment plan for effectiveness, and instituting necessary adjustments  or corrections in collaboration with a physician. Adjustments or corrections requires the signature of a physician.
Assuming primary mental health care responsibilities for clients, and monitoring the coordination and implementation of such care
Developing and modifying the patient's treatment plan as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
Prescribing antidepressant medications as part of patients' treatment plan (no controlled substances)
5. Assisting in providing learning experience for staff. Participating in select studies that contribute to health care.
6. Receive voluntary patients in an inpatient setting and sign the Voluntary Request for Hospitalization
7. Sign the Treatment Team Medicaid Certification Form (OMH Form 529) as an additional team member (not in lieu of the psychiatrist/physician) if meeting the definition "a registered nurse with specialized training or one year of experience in treating mentally ill individuals."
8. Admit and discharge outpatient patients.


Minimum Qualifications:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognizes NP's as one of four distinct nursing professions in New York State (State). An NP is a registered professional nurse who has completed advanced clinical nursing education (usually a master's or doctorate degree) in a NP specialty area of practice and is certified by NYSED as a NP. NP's may diagnose, treat , and prescribe for a patient's condition that falls only with in the specialty area(s) for which they are certified. Qualified applicants for this position  will be certified in the specialty area of psychiatry.  The ideal candidate will have less than 3,600 practice hours in  this specialty area.

NPs with Less than 3,600 Practice Hours
In accordance with the New York State Education Law (the Education Law) , an NP with less than 3,600 hours of practice experience must enter into a written practice agreement with a physician and must establish a written practice protocol from the NYSED's approved list prior to beginning practice.  The practice protocol must be maintained in the practice settings for the NP and the collaborating physician where it will be available to NYSED for inspection.
The NP must submit Form 4NP-Verification of Practice Protocol to NYSED's Office of the Professions no later than 90 days after the commencement of practice.

The Education Law requires that the written practice agreement between a NP and a physician address the following:

Establishes a practice protocol from the approved list prior to beginning practice, which is maintained in the practice setting.  This protocol will be available for inspection by NYSED. Form 4NP-Verification of Practice Protocol must be submitted to the Office of the Professions no later than 90 days after beginning practice
Provisions for referral and consultation
Coverage for emergency absences of either the NP or the collaborating physician
Resolution of disagreements between the NP and collaborating physician regarding matters of diagnosis and treatment.  OMH recommends that the agreement provide for the involvement of the facility's Clinical Director in the dispute resolution process
The review of 10% of patient records assigned to the NP, at least every three months by the collaborating physician. Records of these reviews must be kept by the collaborating physician and NP

Nurse Practitioner Professional and Background Check Requirements

As noted above, to practice as an NP in the State, an NP candidate must possess a valid State Registered Professional Nurse license and be certified and registered as an NP by NYSED. If an OMH NP fails to maintain their Registered Professional Nurse license and registration and NP certification and registration, action will be taken to remove them from the position.
To be eligible for OMH appointment and to maintain OMH employment, an NP cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or federally assisted program), an NP's State employment may be terminated.
If appointed , an NP may be required to become an enrolled Medicare provider; obtain and provide to their employer a National Provider Identifier number issued by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System; and otherwise actively participate to the degree necessary to allow for their services to be billed through Medicare and Medicaid. If an OMH NP loses the ability to bill through Medicare and Medicaid, they may be terminated from employment.
An NP degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYSED as following acceptable educational practices. If the degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United State and its territories, the NP must provide independent verification of equivalency to NYSED.

Background Investigation/Justice  Center Review:

Prospective OMH NP appointees will be:

1. Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable .
2. Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.


To apply:   Submit an application with cover letter and resume by April 8, 2019 through our website Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.


The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA  41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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