University of New Mexico Hospitals


Department: MDC Bern Co Contract
FTE: 1.00
Full Time
Shift: Days

Position Summary:
Direct and coordinate the clinical and management activities of units/clinics served by Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioners and/or Psychologist and Clinical Counselors in order to provide quality patient care in a collaborative manner. Actively supports programs and services that are in line with long-range strategic objectives. Support education and research in conjunction with Unit/Clinic Medical Director. Ensure adherence to hospitals, regulatory and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups.

Detailed responsibilities:
* BUDGET – Develop and administer the division’s annual budget; monitor and approve expenditures in collaboration with the executive director of behavioral health finance.
* COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS – Attend technical and administrative meetings; participate in committee functions; participate in hospital-wide activities and committees within the scope of this position or as directed
* DEVELOPMENT – Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops
* DOCUMENTATION – Provide accurate documentation of patient care, document orders, directives, procedures and patient responses in the medical record and communicate them to other members of the health care team; maintain accurate, legible and confidential records
* EDUCATION – Guide, teach, support and serve as a clinical resource nursing and medical staff
* EDUCATION – Provide and coordinate clinical learning experience for staff; ensure patient education
* LIAISON – Act as liaison as necessary between physicians, staff, patients, families, and other departments to promote and facilitate communication, problem solving, decision-making, crisis intervention, resource utilization, and conflict management
* MANAGE – Interview applicants, hire, train, supervise, evaluate, counsel, discipline and terminate departmental personnel
* PATIENT CARE – Assess, diagnose and develop treatment plans; implement treatment, follow-up and evaluate patient within the scope of practice protocols as outlined by state statute
* PATIENT CARE – Evaluate and revise intervention care/treatment plan with patient, family and supervising provider as necessary to achieve improved health
* PATIENT CARE – Provide education for patients and/or families about preventative care, medical issues and use of the prescribed medical treatment
* PATIENT CARE – Work as a team member with medical/nursing/counseling staff to provide comprehensive care and promote continuity of care
* RECORDS – Maintain departmental reports and records; collect statistical data for administrative and regulatory purposes
* RESEARCH – Support research by conducting or participating in research studies; incorporate findings in clinical practice
* STANDARDS – Establish specific standards and objectives for clinical departments; ensure implementation of and compliance with standards, objectives and operating policies and procedures
* SUPERVISION – Direct APRNs, Physician Assistants and/or Psychologists, Clinical Counselors and Optometrists in accordance with Hospitals Policies and Procedures
* SUPERVISION – Plan, coordinate and direct activities of supervisory, technical professional and support staff; conduct staff meetings
* PATIENT SAFETY 1 – Follow patient safety-related policies, procedures and protocols
* PATIENT SAFETY 2 – Demonstrate proactive approach to patient safety by seeking opportunities to improve patient safety through questioning of current policies and processes
* PATIENT SAFETY 3 – Identify and report/correct environmental conditions and/or situations that may put a patient at undue risk
* PATIENT SAFETY 4 – Report potential or actual patient safety concerns, medical errors and/or near misses in a timely manner
* PATIENT SAFETY 5 – Encourage patients to actively participate in their own care by asking questions and reporting treatment or situations that they don’t understand or may “not seem right”


* Master’s Degree
Education specialization:
* Nursing or Doctorate in Psychology, Counseling, Clin Psych

1 year psychiatric experience
Completion of the Hospitals approved training program with in six months of assignment

Bilingual English, Spanish, Keres, Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Zuni, or Navajo
3 years directly related experience

* CPR for Healthcare/BLS Prov or Prof Rescuers w/in 30 days
* New Mexico Licensed APRN or Psychologist

Physical Conditions:
Medium Work: Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work.

Working conditions:
* Sig Hazard: Chemicals, Bio Hazardous Materials req PPE
* Sub to credential.failure obtain/maintain may result in term
* Subject to an annual contract and performance appraisal
* Sig Haz: Physical risk/injuries due to combative patients
* Sub to work in close proximity to incarcerated individuals
* May be subject to initial & ongoing security clearance req

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