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Physician Assistant - Behavioral Health (Per Diem)

Excellence, Safety, Caring, Integrity.What do you value?

Join us at Rushford as we live our values every day. As part of Hartford HealthCare we create a better future for healthcare in Connecticut and beyond. By embodying these values we have become nationally respected for patient care and most trusted for personalized coordinated care. Come be part of something special!

Rushford Center, one of Connecticuts leading providers of addiction and mental health services, is nationally recognized for delivering outstanding prevention, treatment and recovery programs. We offer a wide range of programs including Acute Care and Evaluation, Residential Addiction Treatment, Individual, Group & Family Therapy, Intensive Outpatient programs and Community Support Programs. Through the passion of our specialists, we continue to treat every patient with care, compassion and respect, while providing affordable and accessible services.


SUMMARY

Provides holistic, quality and cost-effective advanced practice care for patients, and families and participates in the medical/psychiatric management of patients, to achieve or maintain optimal health status, manage disease and reduce risk of illness. Engages in decision-making regarding the health care of individuals and families under the supervision of a psychiatrist as delineated in the Physician Supervising Protocol (attached).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Performs comprehensive psychiatric assessments including, but not limited to:
Chief complaint
History of present problem
General medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, social and family history
Current medications
History of allergies and /or untoward responses to medication
Review of systems
Mental status exam
Assessment of spirituality
A DSM IV diagnosis
Short and long term goals
A treatment plan, when indicated

2. Obtains evidence of recent physical examination. Recommends that patients have a physical exam yearly. As appropriate (ie as a component of admission to Detox Unit, Residential Treatment Program, Partial Hospital Program ecetera), performs a physical exam under the supervision of a physician as delineated in the Physician Supervising Protocol (attached).

3. Orders and interprets diagnostic studies and laboratory tests, which may include blood tests, urinalysis, EKG, EEG, and other appropriate tests, to evaluate and treat the patient.

4. Prescribes, dispenses, and administers medical therapeutics and corrective measures in collaboration with designated staff psychiatrist. (See Attachment A for description of relationship to psychiatrist.)

5. Recommends and provides appropriate psychiatric interventions, including individual, family and group psychotherapy.

6. Provides appropriate education to patients and families. Educates staff and students, formally or informally, to enhance their ability to provide patient care.

7. Engages in/collaborates with others in the research process to discover, examine and test knowledge, theories and creative approaches to practice. Uses research findings as a basis for practice and to improve health care.

8. Provides consultation to health care providers and others to influence care plans, enhance ability to provide health care, and affect change in systems.

9. Identifies, communicates and seeks resources or instruction to meet self-learning needs and continuing education needs.

Qualifications
Education

Current Physician Assistant license required. Certification according to CT State law.
Masters Degree in Nursing strongly preferred.

Experience

Specific experience in psychiatry required.
Basic working knowledge of computers.
We know what matters most when it comes to building a career you can be proud of. State of the art technology. Education. Quality. Coordinated patient care. And plenty of room to grow. You'll find all of these things within Hartford HealthCare, the largest, most comprehensive integrated health system in Connecticut. At Hartford HealthCare, clinical education and research are supported to bring the latest technology and discoveries, clinical excellence and innovation to the patient and community. And to provide physicians access to a wealth of expertise and resources. Hartford HealthCare aspires to be the next generation of integrated health systems, marked by strong patient focus, heightened efficiency, consistent quality performance and open, collaborative sharing of best practices. All of the partner organizations within Hartford HealthCare are united by this vision. Our partners include tertiary care and community hospitals, regional behavioral health centers, a statewide network of clinical laboratories, a large multispecialty physician practice, a regional home care system, comprehensive senior services, a rehabilitation network and more.