Nurse Practitioner - Telepsychiatry Prescriber (Lowell Emergency Services Program)

Location: Lowell, MA
Job ID: 157318-1A
Date Posted: Sep 4, 2019

Job Description

Welcome To

Lahey Health Behavioral Services is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job

The Lahey Lowell Emergency Services Program will be implementing telepsychiatry as a bridge service available to individuals aged 21+ who have completed a crisis evaluation with an identified urgent need to access medication at the completion of their evaluation to reduce psychiatric symptoms causing impairment to the client’s current level of functioning. Lahey seeks to hire a telepsychiatry prescriber who is comfortable working with the mental health and dual diagnosis population to prescribe psychiatric medication as a bridge until the clients are successfully referred to an outpatient psychiatrist by a care coordinator. The telepsychiatry prescriber will consult with the referring ESP clinician at the completion of the crisis evaluation to retrieve necessary client history prior to the initial telepsychiatry consult, where the telepsychiatry prescriber is able to request necessary lab work, prescribe psychiatric medication, and conduct follow up appointments.

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

  1. Prescribe psychotherapeutic treatments or medications via telemedicine platform to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder on a recurrent basis.
  2. Gather, maintain and document patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  3. Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.
  4. Collaborate with physicians, clinicians, social workers, care coordinators, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
  5. Analyze, examine, evaluate patient data, laboratory or data test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder or general physical condition.
  6. Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.
  7. Participate in continuing education classes, attend conferences or seminars, or conduct research and publish findings to increase understanding of mental, emotional, or behavioral states or disorders.
  8. Participate in team meetings as needed or instructed by Project Manager.

Education: Requires a minimum of a Master in Science of Nursing with a focus on psychiatry. 

Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years of healthcare work experience is necessary either through a prior Health System or a Payer experience. 2+ years of experience in either reporting development or relevant business domain of which at least one years must be in reporting development. Proficiency in the SQL language is required. Proficiency in the following is preferred: Hospital data, Crystal Reports.

A Master’s degree in a directly related program may be considered in lieu of some of the required work experience.