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Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Full-time at the New Castle Correctional Facility

Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality. For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.
At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.
Wexford of Indiana has an exceptional opportunity for a
Full-time Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
to join our team of healthcare professionals at the
New Castle Correctional Facility in New Castle, Indiana.
$10,000 Sign-on Bonus Available!
We're proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:
Annual review with performance increase
Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
Paid holidays
Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dental and Vision insurance
401(k) retirement savings plan
Company-paid short-term disability
Healthcare and dependent care spending account
POSITION SUMMARY
Serves as the behavioral health authority. Responsible for the delivery of contracted services, personnel, and coordination of psychiatric/behavioral health services and programs. Serves as the liaison between Wexford and the correctional system.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Supports, and provides direction for, the psychiatric and behavioral health care delivery system and coordinates with the other functions within the institution.
2. Ensures compliance with ACA/CMA standards and State and correctional system regulations policies and procedures. Upon site visits, meets with Health Service Administrator and facility Warden to assure open communication.
3. Meets regularly with the site mental health staff to ensure appropriate provision of services.
4. Coordinates training for behavioral health and institutional staff on mental health issues as requested.
5. Provides consultation services to institutional staff for mental health issues as requested.
6. Assures that all parole evaluations are completed and submitted in a timely manner.
7. Develops and maintains a system to provide 24-hour mental health consultation services to institutional staff in situations requiring immediate crisis intervention.
8. Follows and enforces security regulations for keys, sharps, and controlled medications.
9. Adheres to and enforces safety and security policies and participates in disaster drills.
10. Attends mandatory and optional in-service training.
11. Participates in and conducts in-service programs; assists in orientation of new staff.
12. Maintains open lines of communication via attendance at staff meeting when possible.
13. Attends mandatory in-services on annual basis.
14. Provides direct assistance to the Health Services Administrator in administration, planning, management and delivery of behavioral health services at the facility level.
15. Contributes to behavioral health program development and evaluation.
16. Adheres to safety and security policies and participates in disaster drills.
17. Provides documentation in accordance with unit policies and procedures.
18. Monitors and insures the appropriate utilization of psychotropic medications.
The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands that are described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, to hear and to see, to stand, walk, and sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, instruments or controls, to reach with hands and arms, to stoop or crouch, balance and kneel, may be required to lift and/or move persons, carts, emergency equipment or other objects. Must be able to ambulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to clearly communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic media.
Employee may be exposed to a challenging environment, which may include exposure to loud noises, bloodborne and airborne pathogens.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Office: Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.
Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.
Travel: Minimal
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Licensing: Current license as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant in the State of Indiana. Specialty in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing preferred.
Certification: Current CPR certification
Education: Masters of Science degree in Nursing
Preferred Experience: Knowledge and skills to access diagnose and treat medical and psychiatric disorders; and have knowledge and experience with the special needs and behavior of individuals in forensic and correctional settings.


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