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The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) for the Washington State Penitentiary located in Walla Walla, WA.
This is a full time Monday - Friday with weekends and holidays off position.

Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) is a 2500 bed facility for high and medium custody men. It is located just outside the city, farms and vineyards of Walla Walla. Four separate facilities exist within the institution, each of which houses a different custody level of offender. WSP is currently engaged in major facility construction; replacing old facilities with newer high custody housing units. WSP has just opened a new standalone health care building with inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health care and a six chair dental operatory.

The Department has several options for providing mental health care to those who require treatment. All major institutions can provide temporary or short-term in-patient psychiatric care for crisis management and stabilization. In our continuing efforts to improve our comprehensive system of care, initiative and clinical leadership are highly prized.

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Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

Duties
This positions primary responsibilities are:

Utilizes independent practitioner status with prescriptive authority to assess and administer treatment for psychiatric illness of offenders.
Performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations including detailed history of mental status evaluations on assigned patients.
Evaluates available data and orders appropriate laboratory tests.
Obtains previous psychiatric records.
Prescribes appropriate therapies and follow-up as indicated.
Maintains accurate, thorough records via dictation of evaluations and dictated or written progress notes.
Refers medical problems to the appropriate medical staff as indicated; is available for suicide assessment and crisis intervention.
Coordinates with outside community resources to provide continuity of care for WSP mental health outpatients.
Records in conjunction with medical records staff.
Provides consultation to and coordinates psychiatric care with other mental health and medical professionals.
Reviews difficult or complex cases with the consulting psychiatrist.
Participate actively in Health Services Unit meetings and committees.
Assists in the development of mental health policies, procedures and protocols. Maintains continuing education requirements.

Qualifications

**INCUMBENT IN THIS POSITION MUST HAVE PSYCHIATRIC CERTIFICATION AND PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY**
Must possess a valid Washington State license to practice as a Registered Nurse, AND, current certification from an approved national certification program (American Nurses Association) verifying completion of an advanced formal education program in the area of specialty, AND, possession of a current designation as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the state of Washington.
OR
Recent graduates of the formal education program who are awaiting the results of the licensing examination must have a Washington State issued temporary permit. Failure to obtain a license shall result in immediate termination from the position by the appointing authority.

Special Requirements: Must hold unrestricted license to practice as a mid-level practitioner and prescribe scheduled drugs. In addition, employees will be required to maintain CME credits sufficient to maintain license.
Preferred / Desired education: Must complete appropriate training and certification as an ARNP.
Pre-employment process may include drug testing.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.


For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email wendy.vandel@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5742.
Healthcare:

Health Services is responsible for basic primary care for incarcerated inmates. Services include medical, dental, and mental healthcare which are provided to inmates by onsite, state-employed health services staff. All disciplines within each of the 12 facilities work closely together in order to reach a common goal, providing the best, most efficient, and cost-effective health care possible. Emphasis is placed on early identification of health concerns, care for acute and chronic health problems, and preventive care. Providers offer medically necessary and quality care in accordance with the Departments Offender Health Plan.

We believe in the core foundations of corrections: to make the public safer, and to run a humane system where people can change for the better.

Benefits of joining our team are:

We value our employees for the ideas they have, the experiences they bring and the effort they put into making changes that improve the lives of inmates and the safety of our communities. This is expressed in our benefits, our educational policies and the opportunities our staff have for promotion, transfer or new assignments.

Our organization is on the cutting edge of correctional health care and we are committed to growing, changing and improving; you will be challenged to grow and improve as well. This is expressed in the level of care afforded inmates in our system, the research, publications and presentations by our staff and the programs or initiatives we are currently pursuing in reentry, patient safety, pain management, preventive dental care etc.

Our health care system is growing and the Health Services Division is an important and valuable voice in the Departments organization. Our centralized health services unit is responsible for the representation of health services staff on projects, committees and initiatives throughout the Department and within state government.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) continues to build an integrated health care system to meet the needs of the over 16,000 inmates in their custody. Our goal is to provide medically necessary care and to prepare our patients for reentry into normal society. We are building a team of medical providers to work collaboratively in providing high-quality, humane, and efficient health care. Our medical team includes mid-level providers (Physician Assistants and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners) working under the supervision of physicians in a primary care practice setting.

The Department is seeking high-quality physicians to participate in and lead our health care team. The clinical work includes outpatient primary care and infirmary care, plus management of referrals for specialty care. We are seeking specialists in internal medicine with an interest in general primary care practice, with a public health orientation. These positions also offer the opportunity to assume facility medical director positions in a number of our facilities.

Examples of medical positions offered are:

Facility Medical Directors (FMD)
Physician 3
Physician Assistant / Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (PA/ARNP)

The Department of Corrections (DOC) employs psychiatrists and psychiatric mid-level prescribers at facilities around the state. They function as part of a multi-disciplinary team with every patient being assigned a primary therapist and primary care provider. The Department has a good range of psychotropic medications on formulary and solid ancillary services as well. Services range from outpatient level to residential care for seriously mentally ill.

Examples of mental health positions offered are:

Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Correctional Mental Health Counselor
Social Worker