Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

OHC Behavioral Health · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department OHC Behavioral Health
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Job Summary:

This position serves as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing medical and health care for patients in the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Oyate  Health Center (OHC).

Essential Functions and Professional Behavior Expectations:

  • Maintains knowledge and proficiency in medical practices through continuing education, staff meetings, and workshops, and home study.
  • Provides supportive therapy, counseling and guidance to individuals, families, and groups.
  • Conducts history and physical examination of patients, assesses physical condition, and orders various tests (e.g., laboratory, neurological, and psychological tests).
  • Provides case management functions; provides short or long-term psychotherapy; prescribes psychotropic medications and supervises medication maintenance by evaluation of the patient's response to drug therapy and determines continuing medication regime in consultation with physician.
  • Provides medical care and preventive services to all individuals, including guidance in nutrition, common illnesses, accidents, growth and development.
  • Provides nursing functions such as measurement and interpretation of vital signs, lab results and administration of intra-venous medications and monitors patient's response to drug therapy and provides education on medication interaction(s).
  • Teaches patients and family member's ways to maintain or improve their health status.
  • Maintains records and reports on patients, personal activities and other required information for use in program operation, quality assurance and other purposes.
  • Participates in Quality Assurance review processes.
  • Provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic mental illness in children, adolescent, and adult patients within prescribed guidelines and instructions of Physician.
  • Perform bio-psycho social evaluations and make appropriate assessments to determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan which may involve admission, discharge, and arranging for specialized care.
  • Collects appropriate sample for medical laboratory testing.
  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs.
  • Records physical findings, and formulates plan and prognosis, based on patient's condition.
  • Discusses case with Physician and other health professionals to prepare comprehensive patient care plan.
  • Ensures accurate information is documented within the patient’s electronic health record.
  • Submits patient records to physician quarterly for chart review.
  • Must comply with federal laws and regulations as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Performs related duties.

Professional Behavior  

  • Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the position.
  • Work in a cooperative and professional manner with OHC and GPTCHB staff.
  • Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and respect.
  • Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advance personal educational development by attending training sessions and seminars as appropriate.
  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests.
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect.
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities. 
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality.
  • Handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others.
  • Resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision if needed. 
  • Exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
  • Promote an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lifestyle.
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence.
  • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures.

Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of established concepts, principles and practices related to Nurse Practitioner training, with full consideration of mental, emotional and physical factors.
  • Knowledge of diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic medical care.
  • Knowledge of the scientific process including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of complex and subtle patient needs and interventions.
  • Knowledge of exposure control including blood borne pathogens and respiratory protection protocols.
  • Knowledge of diversity and cultural difference of Native American populations, and the ability to appreciate cultural differences and their effect on healthcare delivery.
  • Ability to work with personal computer and utilize a variety of software applications, including database and office software systems.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, using tact and sensitivity.
  • Ability to collect, organize, record, and proficiently communicate data relevant to primary health assessments.
  • Ability to prioritize and shift priorities in a changing environment.
  • Ability to organize the multiple demands of the job.
  • Skill in identifying factors that adversely impact health status and are not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods.
  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in use of personal computer and a variety of job related software applications.

Supervisory Controls

The supervisor assigns work in terms of very general instructions. The supervisor reviews completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.  Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of patient outcomes.


Guidelines include state and federal laws and regulations; GPTCHB, OHC, and department policies and procedures; OHC Medical Staff Bylaws; professional standards of medical practice; medical standing orders; and Centers or Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation manual.  These guidelines are not applicable to every situation encountered and require independent judgment, selection and interpretation in application. 

Complexity/Scope of Work

This position consists of patient care duties.  The purpose of this position is to provide patient care to the behavioral health patients of OHC. Successful performance ensures the effective and efficient operation of the OHC and affects the quality of care and patient outcomes.


Contacts are typically with patients, OHC and GPTCHB employees, members of the general public, personnel of other IHS facilities, and providers.

Contacts are primarily for obtaining, furnishing, exchanging and providing factual medical information.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The work is typically performed standing or sitting. The work is typically performed in a clinic setting which requires normal safety precaution for infection control and environmental safety measures.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and /or move light objects, and occasional lift heavier objects. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility

This is non-supervisory position that provides medical guidance and direction to OHC staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner Program in the  area of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • One (1) year direct work experience in a clinical or hospital setting as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Active unrestricted Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license in any U.S. State or Territory in the following areas: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • National Certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurses Credentialing Center in the following area: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
  • Current, valid, unrestricted Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) License.
  • Must maintain an active, unrestricted Registered Nurse license from any U.S. State or Territory.
  • Must have and maintain national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner as well as prescriptive privileges.

  • Must obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements.
  • Current BLS certification, ACLS certification, and PALS certification.

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates over qualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

 Must successfully pass a criminal and background check and a pre-employment drug screen.

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  • Location
    RAPID CITY, South Dakota
  • Department
    OHC Behavioral Health
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience