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Want to work in a judgment-free environment focused on compassionate care, respect, and dignity of our patients? Do you want to make a difference in your community to enhance the quality of life for all its members? At Southwest Care we believe that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare and we need team players like you to help succeed in our mission. Please click the link below to watch a short video on the great work being carried out at Southwest Care Center and then review our open positions.


Job Openings >> Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Title:Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Services:Specialty Services
Location:Various SCC Locations

Are you a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner seeking a professional and supportive environment where you can make a direct impact in the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable? Our care team is dedicated to treating our patients with dignity and providing the healthcare that every person deserves. In joining our team, you become a part of a process that truly leads to improving the lives of individuals within our community.

Southwest CARE Center (SCC) has 3 clinics located in Santa Fe, a satellite office in Roswell and 1 in Albuquerque, NM. We are seeking a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to serve as a core member of a collaborative care team that may involve the patient’s primary care provider, a consulting psychiatrist, case managers, nurses, and other mental health providers. We offer a variety of medical and social supportive services to provide the patients with resources that overcome barriers to meeting therapeutic goals.

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This Midlevel Provider is responsible for providing a full range of primary mental health services to patients, with a focus on promotion of optimal mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders, including medication management of the treatment. Practice within licensed scope of practice with supervision/collaboration with medical director, in conjunction with other team members.

Performance Expectations:

  • Communication—the individual demonstrates effective clinical interviewing skills, ability to synthesize and prioritize information; ability to utilize communication strategy to decrease emotional distress, facilitated cognitive and behavioral change and foster personal growth; ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and other professionals in a positive manner.
  • Leadership—the individual inspires and motivates others to perform well, accepts feedback from others, and maintains professional boundaries to preserve integrity.
  • Quality management—the individual looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Safety and security—the individual observes safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Ethical—the individual upholds legal and ethical standards related to provision of mental health care.
  • Teamwork—the individual collaborates with interdisciplinary team, provides consultation to other health providers to enhance quality of service, and assist in coordination of referrals and care as needed.
  • Social Skills—the individual professionally interacts with employees and patients and models a positive teamwork attitude.
  • Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Judgment—the individual displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound, accurate, and ethical judgment and makes timely decisions.

Essential Duties:
  • Perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, including patient mental status, current and past histories of violence and self harm behavior, substance use, level of functioning, health behaviors, trauma, medical and social history, and family history.
  • Analyze and interpret history, including presenting symptoms, physical findings, as well as assessment of the impact on acute, chronic physical illness, stressors in family system, social economic stressors, and family psychopathology.
  • Develop appropriate differential diagnoses. This may include ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, identifying typical and atypical presentation of psychiatric disorders, differentiate psychiatric presentations of medical conditions and arrange for consultation evaluation and follow up as needed.
  • Accurately diagnose commonly occurring psychiatric disorders, as well as exacerbation and reoccurrences of chronic disorders and symptoms of a new emerging disorder.
  • Evaluate potential abuse, neglect, and risk of danger to self or others, and assist patient and family in securing appropriate treatment environment to ensure safety.
  • Develop treatment plans for psychiatric disorders based on practice guidelines and evidence based standards of care. This includes treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric and mental health issues.
  • Prescribe psychotropic and related medications based on clinical indicators including diagnosis, lab tests, and patient status, to treat symptoms of the disorder and improve functioning and quality of life, ensuring patient safety through appropriate prescription management.
  • Maintain up-to-date individual charts on patients in adherence to governing agencies and SMHC policies
  • Educate patient and family about diagnosis, treatment, and medication.
  • Manage psychiatric emergencies by appropriately determining level or risk and working collaboratively with team members to ensure appropriate treatment.
  • Assist in coordinating patient care referrals to/with community agencies to provide continuity of care.
  • Advocate for patients’ rights regarding treatment options and use ethical and legal principles in patient treatment, with adherence to patient confidentiality at all times.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Previous mental health experience
  • Master's degree in Nursing or Bachelor's degree in a science field and accredited Physician Assistant Studies program (PA-C) 
  • Certification/licensure through governing board in the State of New Mexico/national accreditation 
  • Spanish speaking preferred
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