Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist- Long Term Care (Psych)
Job ID: 42034351
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Long Term Care
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213



Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. This is nearly one in five adults. Are you searching for the opportunity to make an impact on these individuals? Are you passionate about dispelling widespread stigma and misunderstanding associated with mental health?


For more than 60 years, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been a national leader in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders throughout the lifespan.  In conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, we continue to strive to be one of the nation’s foremost academic- based psychiatric care facilities and remain dedicated to providing professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance.

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is seeking a dedicated part time Clinical Nurse Specialist. This role will work with skilled nursing residents needing psychiatric oversight. 

The Psychiatric Nurse is responsible for demonstrating clinical competence in the delivery of direct patient care and the implementation of the milieu management program.

  • Acts as liaison between disciplines, departments, and hospitals for assigned patientsParticipates in interdisciplinary meetings and other activitiesMaintains professional communication with multidisciplinary team membersAble to interface with various members of multidisciplinary team members to coordinate all aspects of patient care.
  • Maintain competency requirementsAttend a minimum of 2 unit based inservices yearlyAttend a minimum of 6 educational meetings offered within Institute or Outside ProgramUtilize up to date practices/information in delivery of patient carePerforms in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviorsPerforms other duties as assigned.
  • Coordinates daily care for assigned teamAssesses client from holistic perspective.Have knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and be able to differentiate diagnosis on assigned patients.Rounds daily on team of assigned patients and/or discuss patients with treatment teamCoordinates patient follow-up discharge plans and medical plans with Social Work and Primary Medicine respectively.Monitors psychiatric, medical, psychosocial status of assigned team.Actively participates in treatment team meetings. Provides patient/family education around psychiatric medication/diagnosis as needed.Initiates or reviews admission paperwork of all assigned patientsCompletes documentation according to established policies and in timely fashion
  • Role Models professional practice and provides mentorship/preceptorship for clinicians.Oversights Nurse Clinicians and Nurse Clinical Specialist for practice complianceResponsible/leads monthly Nurse Clinician meeting.Coordinates and Develops the Nurse Clinician education annual series based on Learning needs of group.Maintains/follows meeting minutes and educational binder for clinicians. Leads key initiatives for Clinicians and represents Clinicians in meetings as assigned.Provides education and consultation regarding psychiatric treatment, management, and psychopharmacology for staffCoordinates and facilitates with MD and treatment team direct admissions and DEC admissions as assignedParticipates in on-going review and development and provision of Group Programming for the unitLeads routine therapeutic patient groupsHas good organizational skills that leads to effective time management.


  • Masters degree in Nursing .
  • Minimum of three years relevant behavioral health experience.
  • Two years Advance Practice Clinician .

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
ANCC certification as CNS or ANPPA RN License requiredCPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $27.43 to $46.22 / hour

    Union Position: No

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