Vanderbilt University Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University Counseling Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University Counseling Center (Job Number: 1800860)


About the Position: Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in our University Counseling Center. In this role you will be responsible for providing comprehensive psychiatric nursing assessments, medication evaluations, and medication management of patients seen through UCC. You will work collaboratively with UCC psychologists and clinicians and others in the student care network to render psychiatrically oriented treatment, crisis intervention and case management to Vanderbilt University students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as use a conceptualization of clinical presentation that takes into account unique aspects of identity.

Characteristic duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provisioning of patient assessments, diagnoses and treatment plans in accordance with statutes, regulations and protocols regulating the profession.

  • Collaborating with others including members of the UCC staff, Dean of Students colleagues, and VUMC and external counselors and medical providers, when applicable.

  • Providing psychiatric health services, education, counseling and emotional support.

  • Referring patients for inpatient care, in collaboration with the medical staff, as necessary. Issues medication prescriptions in accordance with treatment guidelines.

  • Ordering laboratory tests, interprets and explains the test results to patients.

  • Providing patient education regarding medications, risks, benefits and reasonable outcome expectations.

  • Communicating with patients and engaging in follow-up as necessary.

About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Key Functions and Expected Performance :

  • Assesses health status of students, and creates diagnoses.

  • Performs and documents in the medical record a complete psychiatric history for acute and chronic mental health disorders, ordering appropriate tests and assessments relevant to the presenting problem.

  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary health care team related to diagnosis and treatment, formulating differential diagnoses by priority.

  • Serve as the first responder for crisis situations.

  • Assesses for risks associated with the care of the acute and chronic mental health disorders including medication side effects, physical health status, and psychosocial stressors.

  • Formulates, implements, and modifies student plans of care.

  • Identifies expected outcomes from diagnoses, formulates and documents a plan of care to address the mental health needs of the patient.

  • Utilizes evidenced based practice guidelines or protocols in an individualized, dynamic plan of care that can be applied across the continuum.

  • Provides pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic intervention and makes revisions to plan of care based on patient presentation.

  • Documents/dictates key components of patient’s treatment via daily progress note in a standard, timely manner, capturing patient acuity.

Supervisory Relationships :

This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively to the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the University Counseling Center.

Experience and Education :

  • Master's degree in Nursing, board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and twelve months of relevant experience is required.

  • Current Tennessee RN and APN license with certificate of fitness to prescribe is required.

  • Ability to obtain DEA license is required.

  • Current certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Lifespan is required.

  • Ability to deal with patients in a safe, calm, and therapeutic manner is required.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence is required.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple job responsibilities, work independently, and exercise good professional judgement is required.

  • Clear understanding and respect for the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality is required.

  • Previous experience in a University Counseling Center is strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience working with the college-age population is preferred.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills to include e-mail, Microsoft Word, and navigating the Internet is preferred.

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean of Students Mark Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.

This position requires a Masters degree in Nursing, board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and twelve months of relevant experience.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Registered Nurse

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30100 - Dean of Students: Office of the Dean

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