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Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116792 (NP) Outpatient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Extended Review Date: Tue 6/28/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/10/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/21/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Current UC San Diego Health CNA (NX) represented RN/NP applicants will be considered after the first 7 days of job posting. All additional applicants will be considered after 14 days of job posting, pending the status of the initial internal CNA (NX) represented applicant pool.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas, which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

UCSD Department of Psychiatry, working in conjunction with community based, county-contracted mental health clinics, provides psychiatric services to the underserved populations throughout San Diego County.

Under the supervision of the Community Psychiatry Program Director and the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program Director at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, and in consultation with the psychiatrist staff at UCSD Department of Psychiatry, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide specialized mental health care services in an outpatient, community mental health clinic setting. Evaluate and manage psychiatric disorders. Conduct in-depth interviews with patients, construct comprehensive medical histories, perform initial and periodic physical examinations. Coordinate appropriate follow-up care, referrals, and case management. Perform crisis intervention and medication management. Develop and implement long and short-range treatment plans. This is an academic position that includes supervision and training of nurse practitioner students and fellows. Incumbent will provide both direct patient care and provide training, education, and supervision of trainees. Consult and coordinate care with other medical and psychologist staff, and outside agencies. Serve as a resource in evaluation and management of psychiatric disorders for primary care staff. Possible participation in campus committees, research and/or quality assurance studies. This is a full time position, Monday-Friday.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • Must be a graduate from an accredited nurse practitioner program.

  • California Registered Nurse (RN) license, California Nurse Practitioner (NP) license, and Furnishing License Certification.

  • Current Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification (PMHNP).

  • Valid DEA license, and/or ability to furnish upon hire.

  • Current BART certification, or BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Minimum one (1) year of licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner work experiences. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two (2) years gained through school or work experience.

  • Knowledge of psychiatric principles, practices, and process gained through extended clinical study and experience.

  • Knowledge and experience in managing psychiatric medications.

  • Knowledge of psychiatric models of care with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approach.

  • Skill in management of health-illness needs in primary health care. Knowledge and skill in assessment and treatment of common acute illnesses and injuries.

  • Knowledge of community agencies most frequently used in mental health care.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to discuss difficult issues with sensitivity and tact.

  • Skill in management of health-illness needs in primary health care. Knowledge of and skill in conducting a health history and performing a physical examination. Ability to distinguish between normal and abnormal patient assessment findings. Skill in interpretation of laboratory data. Knowledge and skill in assessment and treatment of common acute illnesses and injuries.

  • Skill in interviewing and counseling. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to serve a large volume of patients rapidly and effectively on a walk-in or appointment basis, within set time limits.

  • Ability to train nurse practitioner students and fellows.


  • Certified by the County to place patients on legal holds (e.g. 5150, 5250).

  • Experience with underserved communities in San Diego.

  • Successful completion of a PMHNP fellowship program.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment.

  • Current University of California NPIII employees may be hired at the NPIII level pending review and approval by Health Human Resources and the UCSD Advanced Practice Council.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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