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Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to meeting the health care needs of New Yorkers with compassionate, high-quality home health care. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life.

Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 48,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Department description (Bronx Mobile Crisis):

It is a field based intervention serving any person who is experiencing, or is at risk of a psychological crisis, and who requires mental health intervention. It services indivuduals ages 12 years and older.

Job description:

The full time Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for providing mental health assessment and treatment to patients with psychiatric symptoms, cognitive deficits, and/or behavioral problems. Provides advanced nursing care in collaborative practice with AMH psychiatrist. Works under general supervision.

  • Conducts psychosocial assessments of patients and develops treatment recommendations. Determines whether further evaluation by collaborating psychiatrist is warranted.
  • Provides any of the following services to patients: advocacy, psycho-education, psychopharmacology, cognitive/behavioral interventions, monitoring of mental status, emotional support, brief psychotherapy, family based interventions.
  • Provides support and education to VNSNY staff and caregivers to enable them to better care for patients with psychiatric, cognitive and/or behavioral problems.
  • Consults with collaborating psychiatrist as necessary to develop psychiatric evaluation and treatment plan.
  • Consults with referrer on assessment, recommendations, and update on progress of treatment.
  • Assists the health care provider in implementing the plan of care.
  • Follows a treatment plan, revising and updating as necessary; makes appropriate referrals for additional mental health services; provides crisis intervention as required.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, case conferences and clinical supervision; attends in-service education programs.
  • Travels to patients’ homes and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g., elevated buildings, walk-ups, care facilities, single/multiple family homes, presence of pets, etc.) using approved transportation options to deliver direct care to the patient.

Licensure: License and current registration to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State required. License as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the State of New York required. Valid driver's license required.

Education: Master’s degree in psychiatric nursing required.

Experience: Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs required. Minimum of one year of experience in a medical/surgical/psychiatric environment preferred. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) preferred.


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