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#101338 (NP) Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatry

Extended Deadline: Mon 11/4/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/23/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/04/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 6% 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 quality results. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

Under the supervision of the Community Psychiatry Program Director and the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Training Program Director at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, and in consultation with the psychiatrist staff at UCSD Department of Psychiatry, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide specialized mental health care services in an outpatient, community mental health clinic setting. 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. This is an academic position that includes supervision and training of nurse practitioner students. The NP will provide both direct patient care and provide training, education, and supervision of trainees. Consult and coordinate care with other medical and psychologist staff, and outside agencies. 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. This is a full time position Monday-Friday.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the NPI or NPII level.


  • 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 NP Specialty Certification from one of the following Nursing Boards: AANP, ANCC, NCC, PNCB, AACN.

  • Valid DEA license, and/or ability to furnish upon hire.

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

  • Knowledge of psychiatric principles, practices, and process gained through extended clinical study and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing psychiatric medications.

  • Skill in interpretation of laboratory data.

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

  • Skill in management of health-illness needs in primary health care. Knowledge and skill in assessment and treatment of common acute illnesses and injuries.

  • Knowledge of and skill in conducting a health history and performing a physical examination. Proven ability to distinguish between normal and abnormal patient assessment findings.

  • Demonstrated skill in interviewing and counseling. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.

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

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

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

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Certified by the County to place patients on legal holds (e.g. 5150, 5250).


  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Clinical Services
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
NX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday


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