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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3927

UW Job Family: 3A

Pay Grade: 27

Date: August 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Provide psychiatric and mental health services to students.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's degree


5 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Wyoming License as a Registered Nurse with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) recognition.
  • DEA registration.
  • Wyoming Controlled Substance Registration.
  • Certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Current psychiatric medical information, treatment procedures, principles and practices. Clinical operations and procedures.
  • Drug regimens and their indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, and proper administration.
  • Current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, methods, issues and approaches in psychiatry.
  • Clinical practice procedures including medical documentation and obtaining patient histories and mental health exams.
  • Diagnostic test administration and interpretation.
  • Collaboration methods, techniques and practices.
  • State and federal rules and regulations as they apply to the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Legal and ethical standards for the delivery of psychiatric care.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical and mental health assessment and comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.
  • Order and interpret finding of relevant diagnostic and laboratory tests.
  • Differentiate psychiatric presentations of medical conditions from psychiatric disorders.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders.
  • Develop a treatment plan for mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
  • Treat acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and mental health problems.
  • Prescribe psychotropic drugs and related medications based on clinical indications of a patient's status to treat symptoms of psychiatric disorders and improve functional health status.
  • Identify, measure and monitor clinical and related behavioral outcomes to determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of the plan of care.
  • Effectively, concisely and accurately document the medical visit.
  • Consult with and refer to outside medical specialists and agencies as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Educate patients as to the nature of the psychiatric condition and provide appropriate instructions on the proper intervention and treatment.
  • Advise patients regarding health promotion and preventative methods.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Foster a team environment.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assessment and management of health and illness states by obtaining and documenting a health history, performing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, and diagnosing psychiatric disorders.

Develop treatment plan for mental health problems and psychiatric disorders based on biopsychosocial theories, evidence-based standards of care, and practice guidelines.

Prescribe psychotropic and related medications based on clinical indicators of a patient's status, including results of diagnostic and lab tests, as appropriate, to treat symptoms of psychiatric disorders and improve functional health status.

Coordinates referrals and ongoing access to primary and other health care services for patients.

Provide consultation to and seeks consultation from other health care clinicians to enhance quality and cost effective services for patients.

Supplemental Functions:

Participates in medical staff meetings and roundtable presentations.

Participates in maintenance and promotion of AAAHC accreditation standards.

Provides guidance to Student Health staff.

Performs guest lectures, as needed.

Working Conditions:

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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