Lead Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Behavioral Health Columbus, Ohio



The Lead Nurse Practitioner (NP) is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health care to patients served by Equitas Health including those living with HIV/AIDS.  The Lead NP works autonomously and in collaboration with a variety of staff to diagnose and manage patients’ health care.  Participation in the development, expansion, and maintenance of the Equitas Health Medical Center program is expected.



Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to: Assist the Director of Behavioral Health in facilitating the development, support and management of the NP’s across all medical clinics. This includes all activities related to direct and facilitated patient care; written communication; relationship building with clients and community partners; presenting to individuals, small and large groups.



  • Assists the Director of Behavioral Health with program identification, development, design and implementation.
  • Identifies statewide opportunities for growth of Equitas Health and works with departmental leadership to devise strategic goals and timelines.
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with various stakeholders including medical team, network providers and key decision makers.
  • Develops, implements and monitors referral network for appropriate patient populations.
  • Identifies and resolves challenges/barriers with NP model of health care delivery and develops solutions in collaboration with other stakeholders. Provides clinical expertise for the group.
  • Actively participates with Quality and Workflow management in the development and implementation of process improvements.
  • Oversight of competency, documentation and outcomes of care provided by NPs
  • Participates in the interviewing and recommendation of hiring Nurse Practitioners and Therapists in collaboration with the Director of Behavioral Health.
  • Facilitates learning for other staff to become more effective in their role. Provides coaching and team building, as appropriate.
  • Serves as a role model to internal and external partners.
  • Provide direct care to patients including but not limited to comprehensive medical history, medical assessment, primary care, specialty HIV care, transgender health, laboratory surveillance, and physical exam.
  • Prescribe or recommend pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies including controlled substances.
  • Facilitate direct patient admissions into hospitals when needed.
  • Play key role on multidisciplinary team to develop coordinated treatment plans.
  • Use primary care clinic protocols and procedures in providing services.
  • Regularly consult with Collaborating Physicians.
  • Educate patients on mental health issues, HIV disease, primary care issues, and adherence strategies to medications prescribed.
  • Assist with accreditation and certification for Behavioral Health Programs.
  • Assess patient risk behaviors and educate patients in prevention of HIV transmission.
  • Demonstrate unconditional positive regard to clients and conduct all aspects of job responsibilities with a focus on exceptional customer service.
  • Continuously grow and develop cultural competency, exhibiting an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity.
  • Contribute to a positive work environment by demonstrating unconditional positive regard to all Equitas Health employees, interns, etc. with an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity.
  • Other medical center and pharmacy related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications:

  • Master of Science Degree, Ohio licensure as a Psych Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority.
  • National certification within respective area of specialty
  • One to three years of experience in providing psychiatric care desired.
  • 3 years previous supervisory and clinical leadership experience
  • Experience in Epic preferred.
  • 5 years or more of experience in providing primary care desired
  • 5 years or more of experience in providing HIV care desired.
  • Ability to work pre-determined scheduled Saturdays.
  • Exemplary customer service as well as written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of health and social service needs of persons with HIV/AIDS.
  • Must have sensitivity to, interest in and competence in cultural differences, HIV/AIDS, minority health, sexual practices, chemical dependency and a demonstrated competence in working with persons of color, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community. 
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications required.
  • Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.



Background and reference checks will be conducted.  Hours may vary, including working some evenings and weekends based on workload.  Individuals are not considered applicants until they have been asked to visit for an interview and at that time complete an application for employment.  Completing the application does not guarantee employment.  In accordance with Equitas Health’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, pre-employment drug testing will be administered.  EOE/AA