American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, California, United States
16 days ago


Monterey County Health Department

Salinas, CA 93906

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Salary: $12,150.00 - $16,586.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: July 8, 2022

Exam # 22/52A94/06KK

Monterey County Health Department's Behavioral Health Bureau is seeking a psychiatric nurse practitioner to fill a vacancy for the position of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioer that can see patients in our Adults or Access System of Care.

Psychiatric services include diagnostic evaluations, ongoing assessments, recommending treatments, being part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, promoting health and wellness, managing side effects of medications, and prescribing psychiatric medications. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will work as an essential part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team that is composed of psychiatrists, master’s level therapists, bachelor level social workers, and behavioral health aids. The program provides an array of mental health services to adults with mental illness. Services include assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, psycho-educational groups, group therapy, rehabilitation services, psychiatric services, wrap around services. Monterey County Behavioral Health has developed a robust system of care that provides a range of services to patients including housing, residential care, inpatient care, and community supports. Monterey County Behavioral Health places and emphasis on a recovery model that promotes increasing independence and community integration matching treatment interventions to the patient’s need and clinical complexity. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will play an integral role in helping to manage each patient’s treatment course.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process will be used to fill current and future vacancies, both regular and temporary, as they arise.

Examples of Duties:

  • Perform diagnostic or psychosocial assessments that include chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history, mental status exam, review or records, review of labs, clinical formulation or assessment, diagnosis, creation of a treatment plan, prescribing of medication, communication with team members and PCP.
  • Perform follow-up psychopharmacology visits that include assessing chief complaint, symptoms and treatment progress, effects of medications, changes in history, changes in stressors, new information, labs, mental status, and new events. Update formulation, recommended treatments, and prescribing plan.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other treatment providers and PVP regarding diagnosis and treatment.
  • Work with patients and their families on managing side effects, health, wellness, and medical conditions.
  • Maintain records so they meet professional, clinic, state, federal, and county standards. Complete records in a timely manner based on professional, clinic, state, federal, and county standards.
  • Recommend and coordinate as needed referrals for social services, health services, other mental health services, higher levels of care, and transfers of care.
  • Participate in committee meeting and quality improvement activities.
  • Participate in trainings.


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Laws and regulations governing Nurse Practitioners
  • Laws, regulations and ethical standards governing behavioral health treatment and medical records
  • Causes and treatment of medical and emotional illness including environmental, sociological, psychological and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders
  • Principles and methods of psychiatry including diagnostic and treatment techniques used in practicing psychiatry
  • Advanced principles and practices of psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment, documentation and follow-up of emotional and mental disorders and other related medical issues
  • Scope of responsibilities applicable under incumbent’s licensure
  • Medical Aspects of psychological problems; psychosocial behaviors in illness
  • Psycho-education methodologies to work with individuals one-on-one or in groups
  • Principles and applications of clinical psychology, psychiatric work and various rehabilitative services
  • Psychopharmacological use and effects of medications including medication and drugs commonly prescribed, including medications therapeutic effect, side effects, reactions, and contraindications
  • Diagnostic protocols; sterile techniques and infection control; clinical significance of laboratory test results
  • Principles, practices and procedures used to detect, diagnose and treat common health problems, Human anatomy and physiology
  • Principles and practices of behavioral health education, community, organizations and allied behavioral health services and resources

Skill and Ability to:

  • Perform comprehensive multigenerational family assessments
  • Work effectively as a team-member in delivery of mental health care services to both children and adults; perform collaboration consultation with staff psychiatrists for more complicated psychiatric problems
  • Identify and evaluate medical conditions and psychiatric disorders; develop and implement treatment plans according to prescribed policies and protocols
  • Recognize social problems which affect health and assist in securing adjustments
  • Safely administer medications including psychotropic drugs; monitor and record patient’s medication usage and results
  • Prepare and maintain accurate medical records, medical reports, and case histories as needed
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventative health measures, medications or treatment plans
  • Remain knowledgeable and proficient in mental health practices through readings, research professional organizations, academic training, and participation in direct patient services
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms to behavioral health staff, patients, their family members and other interested community members
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all organizational levels including patients, health care personnel, and the public
  • Perform job duties effectively under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Adapt quickly and appropriately to a variety of situations and personalities
  • Demonstrate a high degree of maturity, tact, diplomacy, compassion, integrity, initiative, and independent judgement

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Enthusiasm and compassion for working with seriously mental ill patients
  • Organized
  • Strong communication skills
  • Provide excellent and courteous customer service
  • Work within team framework


The skills necessary may be acquired through various types of education, training, and/or experience, typically:


Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner training program leading to licensure as a Nurse Practitioner by California Board of Nursing, in the required specialty area and demonstrated ability to provide the full scope of patient care.


Typically, three to five years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner with demonstrated ability to provide the full scope of care for higher acuity patients, in the area of specialty, with limited supervision.


  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
  • Pursuant to Section 2835 of the Business and Professions Code hold a valid and active California license as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner and possess training, experience and certification as set forth in the hospital’s Practice Prerogative’s to practice in Inpatient Psychiatric Services, and other acute care services as may be determined by the hospital.
  • Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 2836 and Section 2831.1 must possess a furnishing number to furnish drugs and/or devices and a valid DEA number and certificate.

To view the complete job description, please visit the Monterey County website:


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary


Apply on-line at by the final filing date ofJuly 8, 2022  at 11:59 PM (PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting: Monterey County Health Department, Attn: Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906.


The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions
  • A copy of your license/certification must be submitted with your application
  • A copy of your DEA number and certificate

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered.] Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires.  The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link.  Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated.  However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date.  Medical /Religion.  


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the S Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.


Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63794691
  • Location:
    Salinas, California, United States
  • Position Title: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Company Name For Job: Monterey County Health Department
  • Position Type: Psychiatric / Mental Health

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