Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Behavioral Health Adult Treatment Program

Deschutes County
November 11, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type


Deschutes County Health Services supports over 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community-based settings.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) is the Community Mental Health Program providing safety net and core clinical services for community members in Deschutes County dealing with mental health and substance use conditions. DCBH is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As such, DCBH relies on multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative, evidence based, recovery oriented services in behavioral healthcare settings co-located with physical health providers.

To hear from staff about working at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, please click HERE.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works as part of a mental health treatment team. Duties include but are not limited to, performing comprehensive psychiatric assessments and diagnosis; prescribing psychotropic medications to adults with psychiatric and or substance abuse disorders; determining the medical necessity of proposed mental health services; and working collaboratively with other licensed independent practitioners, mental health practitioners, and primary care providers.

This position is located in Deschutes County and may be eligible for a hybrid of in-office/remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Psychiatric principles and practices, laws, rules and regulations governing the provision of care to patients in the State of Oregon.
  • Processes, procedures and theories of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health clients.
  • Principles, practices and theories of clinical education of patients in the areas of psychiatric care.

What You Will Bring:

Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Theories and practices of client management and treatment within the scope of certification.
  • Analytical tests and procedures used in clinical settings to determine the mental status of clients.
  • Pharmacology as applied to clinical nursing and prescription of drugs as authorized within the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner formulary and Oregon Revised Statutes.

Skill in:

  • Accurately assessing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of mental health disorders including knowledge of psycho pharmacology.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Remaining calm and using good judgment during confrontational or high-pressure situations.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others at all times.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email and/or text only. Please opt in for text messaging or check your email and your account for application status.

Review the full job description by clicking HERE.

$8,729.19 to $11,697.96 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union represented position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents , which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university.

Preference will be given for :

  • One year of responsible psychiatric nurse practitioner experience.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Necessary Special Requirements

Driving is a requirement for this position. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a license to practice as a Registered Nurse AND a license to practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority in the State of Oregon by hire date.
  • For positions serving adults, possession of/or ability to obtain certification from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in area of specialty.

NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 this position requires a Criminal Background check through the State Background Check Unit/Orchards, which may also include being fingerprinted. These rules provide for the reasonable screening under ORS 181A.195, 181A.200, 409.027 AND 413.036 of the County's employees to determine if they have a history of specific criminal behavior identified in federal or state law or rules such that they should not be allowed to work, be employed, or perform in positions covered by these rules. Please click HERE to review Criminal Records Check Rules. All offers of employment for this position are contingent upon the candidate receiving final approval from the State Background Check Unit/Orchards to work in this position.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: 11/28/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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