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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Knox Co./Knoxville)



Locations: (Knox Co./Knoxville)


Provides supportive therapy to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally handicap patients and participates in rehabilitation and treatment programs supervised by psychiatrist or nurse practitioner by utilizing a team based model

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • Completes all direct nursing care “due” at the time of patient visit to ensure 100 percent compliance, under the supervision of the physician/psychiatrist or nurse practitioner.
  • Escorts patients throughout facility, interviews patients to obtain appropriate medical information / history, and measures vital signs- includes such items as pain assessment, pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, height, and weight; records information on patients’ electronic medical records. Reports summary of patient visit to physician or nurse practitioner as necessary.
  • Provides patient education regarding diagnosis and prescribed medications as well as usage.
  • Maintain accurate clinical records and documents any reactions relative to patient’s response to medication
  • Complete TPR forms for assigned patients
  • Calls in prescribed medications to the pharmacy per physician’s protocol or upon prescriber’s orders
  • Takes and records measures of patient's general physical condition such as pulse and blood pressure as needed.
  • Takes calls from pharmacies, labs, hospitals and other health care providers as needed.
  • Initiates family contacts upon Physician or Nurse Practitioner request.
  • Issues medications from sample closet and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Attend schedule meetings including Treatment Team, staff meetings, etc.
  • Under the direction of the provider, executes standing orders to assure preventive, chronic, diagnostic and medication needs of the patient are met.
  • Under the direction of the provider, executes standing orders to facilitate the highest quality of care and efficient patient flow in a team based care environment.
  • Under the direction of the provider, executes standing orders as appropriate
  • Assist with Telemedicine
  • Participates in Quality Improvement (QI), Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement Activities (CQI) as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned


 Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or completion of Licensed Practical Nurse program required; 

Two years with previous psychiatric experience preferred.  

Certificates & Licenses: 
 Registered Nurse or LPN licensed/licensed-eligible in State of Tennessee with two years of Psychiatric Clinical experience. ANCC certification preferred but will consider training qualified candidates. Maintain professional license. 

Certification in CPR and OSHA training;

Current, unexpired TN Driver’s License with clean driving history (if applicable- some jobs may not require to work at multiple locations). 

 Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have computer skills and accuracy with data entry. Must be able to utilize EMR systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  1. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Familiarity with health care systems, regulations, policies, and functions. Understanding of documentation standards.
  2. Knowledge of equipment, supplies, and materials needed for medical treatment. Understanding of basic laboratory procedures including preparation and screening. 
  3. Knowledge of infectious disease management and control and safety standards.


  1. Skill in reading and following written and oral medical orders.
  2. Skill in initiating appropriate emergency procedures.
  3. Skill in handling a number of tasks simultaneously.
  4. Skill in performing blood draws.


  1. Ability to use manual dexterity to perform medical treatments.
  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and diverse patient populations.
  3. Ability to perform mathematical calculations for drug dosages.

Physical Demands:

Cherokee Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Organization may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work may require long and irregular hours and under pressure conditions
  • May be exposed to communicable diseases.
  • Work is performed indoors in a heated and air conditioned office setting
  • Clinic may be crowded and noisy at times.
  • Usual clinic functions, which may require physical tasks such as: frequent lifting materials and/or patients up to 20 pounds and up to 50 pounds infrequently. 
  • Requires standing and/or walking for long hours.
  • Requires ability to distinguish between letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Requires a normal range of vision.
  • Requires awareness of personal limitations and flexibility. 
  • Risk may include some exposure to hazardous materials. 
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations for medication and vaccine dosages.

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