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Psychiatric Physician - PRN

Job Code:  223363
Facility: Palo Verde Behavioral Hospital
Location: TUCSON, AZ US Western
Region: Western
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Doctorate 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health, Physician
Category: Healthcare - Rehabilitation
FTE: .01
Position Summary:
Job Description

The Psychiatrist is responsible to oversee the quality of care delivered to his/her patients. Asses clinical appropriateness for admission and collaborate with Intake / Admissions regarding potential admissions. Perform psychiatric assessments for individuals under his/her care. Complete documentation necessary to address patients hospitalized under civil commitment statues. Provide individual therapy, family therapy and/or medication management as needed for patients under his/her care. Appropriately request consultations when indicated and provide psychiatric consultations when requested.

REPORTS TO: Medical Director


Job Responsibilities
• Adhere to established hospital and department guidelines and protocols
• Support hospital mission, vision and values
• Demonstrate good skills in all forms of communication
• Work well with others in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation
• Show awareness of differences
• Maintain education and development appropriate for position
• Complete position responsibilities by following established guidelines and protocols within the appropriate time frame
• Demonstrate strong clinical assessment skills and knowledge of crisis intervention procedures
• Knowledge of family and group therapy techniques
• If working with Children (age group 4-13), Adolescents (age group 14-17) or Gero-Psychiatric patients (age group 55 or above) must be able to demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups as well as job and/or program specific competency within the first three (3) months of training.
• Must complete all required / mandatory in-services annually
• Must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
• Must be tested for Tuberculosis with a PPD skin test or chest x-ray upon hire; PPD skin test required annually or chest x-ray tri-annually thereafter

Patient Care
• Coordinate care with referral sources and other involved professionals
• Maintain regular communication with family members as appropriate
• Return phone calls to professionals and family in a timely manner
• Encourage patients to participate fully in all aspects of the treatment program
• Educate all patients, whenever possible, about ways to facilitate recovery
• Follow safety practices as outlined in Palo Verde Behavioral Health policies and procedures
• Follow the protocol and guidelines of the inpatient phase program and other formal treatment programs
• Help patients benefit from their insurance by timely completion of all paperwork, returning phone calls, and actively participating in utilization management

Medical Records
• Complete assessments and reports within specified time lines
• Chart each relevant contact related to the patient on day of contact
• Chart entries should record the patient’s response to treatment, current mental status, progress in the program, and need for continued treatment if appropriate
• Chart to specific treatment plan goals according to Palo Verde Behavioral Health guidelines
• Ensure the treatment plan is completed and on the chart within the specified time frame
• Complete a group therapy note for all patients in group therapy within specified time lines
Professionalism & Ethics
• Be dependable, punctual, accountable and use time productively
• Be prompt to meetings and in starting therapy sessions
• Contribute to the positive image and reputation of the company
• Make contributions to improvement of Palo Verde Behavioral Health treatment programs on a regular basis
• Participate on committees and help with projects as requested
• Extend energy in the community towards education and prevention
• Be familiar with and implement Palo Verde Behavioral Health treatment program guidelines
• Acquire and maintain knowledge regarding the patient population served
• Be aware of personal limitations and seek help accordingly
• Maintain proper boundaries with patients and teach them to do likewise
• Treat patients, staff members, professionals and family members with respect and courtesy
• Discuss rights of confidentiality with patients and maintain confidentiality of patient information

• Initiate opportunities to receive feedback and help
• Accept constructive criticism and feedback and use it to improve performance
• Be responsive to direction and follow through on assigned tasks

• Attend in-service and staff training meetings
• Attend medical department meeting and support other physicians and treatment modalities
• Attend Inpatient Treatment Team Meetings and actively participate in treatment planning for all patients
• Seek opportunities to support other patients
• Contribute to achievement of performance improvement

• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in mental health

• Ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families, staff and others
• Ability to effectively utilize communication equipment
• Physical agility to manage patients (ambulatory, non-ambulatory and physically aggressive)
• Ability to read (i.e. patient charts, written communication, regulations, written policies and procedures, etc.)
• Ability to write (i.e. manual charting, written communication, etc.)
• Must be able to observe patient behaviors and write notes in medical charts
• Must be able to physically assist or restrain patients in compliance with the restraint policy
• Ability to sit for long periods of time, up to 8 hours
• Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
• Ability to reach above and below the waist, turn, twist and manipulate small tools (copier, computer, telephone, calculator, safe, fax machine, etc.)
• Ability to move frequently in the completion of job requirements
• Ability to handle a variety of repetitive tasks
• Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks under deadlines and with short notice

Education / Experience:
• Graduate of an accredited medical school
• Completed residency in Psychiatry
• Board Certification Preferred
• Licensed as a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)
• Prior experience in a hospital based psychiatric practice and outpatient psychiatric practice preferred
• Must maintain active status with medical staff
• Maintain current professional license
• Where applicable, maintain current liability insurance
• Current Arizona Fingerprint Card or Arizona Finger print application in progress.

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