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Nurse Specialist - Clinical Psychiatry

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Nurse Specialist - Clinical Psychiatry

About the Opportunity


The Northeastern University Clinical Psych Nurse Specialist's primary responsibility is to perform psychiatric evaluations, diagnose, triage emergencies and provide follow-up care and referral to community clinicians as per departmental service model. The Clinical Psych Nurse Specialist will provide psychopharmacological evaluation and management, including prescription of psychotropic medications following event-based principle. They will also provide clinical consultation to UHCS Mental Health and Medical clinicians and other staff as designated by the Executive Director in accordance with best practices. This is a 35 hours/week, benefits-eligible position. Participation in a rotating weekly on-call schedule with overnight phone consultation availability is required. Schedule includes evening and occasional Saturday hours. Time spent amongst the various clinical service activities may shift in proportion to changes in service demands at any given time of the year. The Clinical Psych Nurse Specialist will often work closely with University academic departments and Student Affairs, and will collaborate with medical and mental health clinicians at the UHCS as appropriate, all in the interest of providing the best possible team-oriented health care to Northeastern students.

Additional benefits include: great supportive environment for learning and growth, ability to run groups, opportunities to interact with the greater university community. UHCS is a collegial environment with ample opportunity for consultation; an integrated service with support from medical, lab drawing station, Adequate time allowed for initial evaluations and follow up visits which is key for optimal care. Also, no insurance billing.

  • A Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing, current Commonwealth of Massachusetts license as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with current authorization by the Board to engage in advanced practice nursing activities, including prescriptive practice for psychotropic medications, and ability to perform comprehensive mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • Certified as either Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Adult or Family), or Adult Psychiatric- Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Minimum of 12 months experience as a prescribing psychiatric nurse clinician. Active Federal DEA and Massachusetts MCSR certificates
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated success interacting with patients and staff with tact, discretion, and sensitivity in a highly diverse patient and staff setting.
  • Ability to make safe and appropriate triage, walk-in and urgent visit assessments, formulate safety and follow-up plans and make safe and appropriate referral for ongoing community treatment.
  • Must work exceptionally well with students identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ students, international students, and other under-represented students and communities on campus. Must have a sophisticated understanding of how intersectionality, privilege, and socioeconomic status relate to the mental health of a global student community.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the clinical and administrative policies and procedures of a university health center setting, and with all health center and academic support staff, community-based hospitals and health care providers.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
  • Consultation, outreach and committee work: Provide psycho educational programming and outreach to the University community. Serve on University, Divisional and UHCS committees, participate in health promotions outreach.
  • Direct Clinical Services: Provide direct clinical services including psychiatric evaluations (urgent and scheduled) and follow up care, crisis intervention, triage and assessment, case management and documentation, and campus and community referrals. Perform scheduled psychopharmacologic evaluations, diagnosis and treatments. Determine and implement appropriate disposition and referral plans. Consult for supervision as scheduled and as needed. Demonstrate proficiency with the range of diagnoses and mental health problems presented by the NU student population. Demonstrate professional behavior and appropriate treatment boundaries.
  • In service and Interdisciplinary Supervision: Participate in training and supervision to and from other Mental health and Medical Staff, as appropriate

Position Type

Student Services

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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