Job Description

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La Jolla Ambulatory Clinics
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NX Contract
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Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

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#117037 (NP) Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Initial Review Date: Mon 6/27/2022

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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. 

Under the supervision of the Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, and in consultation with the Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Services, La Jolla clinic, and the lead psychiatrist of the La Jolla General Psychiatry Program, incumbent will provide specialized mental health care services to patients of all ages. 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. Provide bridge care and urgent, walk-in appointments for general psychiatry patients. Consult and coordinate care with other medical and psychologist staff, and outside agencies.

Provide crisis counseling to patients and families regarding any aspect of diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders. Participate in continuing education for staff. Prepare cases for the Chief and consulting physicians, and training staff to meet clinical standard of practice. Prepare and maintain files in anticipation of internal, sponsor, or FDA audits. Participate in regulatory compliance and quality assurance for psychiatric cases and will 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.

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.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Minimum six (6) months of licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner work experience. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two (2) years.

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

  • Advanced knowledge and experience in managing psychiatric medications.

  • Thorough knowledge of psychiatric principles, practices, and processes gained through extended clinical study and experience.

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

  • Proven skill in management of health-illness needs in primary health care. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to assess and treat common acute illnesses and injuries.

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

  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to conduct health history and perform a physical examination. Ability to distinguish between normal and abnormal patient assessment findings. Ability to interpret laboratory data.

  • Demonstrated skill in interviewing and counseling.

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

  • Demonstrated abilities to provide crisis counseling to patients and families regarding any aspect of diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders; Ability to provide education to the patient and family related to the ongoing primary care of the patient such as health maintenance, prevention, anticipatory guidance, and management of psychiatric disorders.

  • Proven ability to provide staff education regarding evaluation and management of mental health issues.

  • Experience in providing continuing education for staff and develop relevant programs regarding the diagnosis and management of the patients with psychiatric disorders.

  • Advanced knowledge of and skill in using the planning process in order to participate in new program development and evaluation.


  • 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 evenings, weekends and overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to work flexible late afternoon outpatient adult psychiatric clinic.
  • Must be able to work for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
  • 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.

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