Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
The Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) position at Choate is a 36-week, part-time, administrative faculty position reporting to the Director of Counseling. The exact hours and days are to be determined on a contractual basis each year. Regardless of the contracted schedule the Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) needs to see Choate students, in-person at least a half day to a full day per week; attend the weekly, integrated team meeting, in-person, for an hour each week; and consult via virtual meetings, by phone, or by email with the Counseling Team/Health Center at other times throughout the week when not physically present.
The Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) provides individual professional services to those students referred by parents, deans, faculty, and especially the counseling team. In addition, this position assists the counseling team in diagnosis, therapy, treatment, and advice on individual students. The Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) assists the school on emergencies, crises, education, and advice in those areas for which he/she is particularly trained and qualified.
- licensure in the state of Connecticut
- at least 3 years of experience prescribing and monitoring psychiatric medications
- experience working with and prescribing psychiatric medications for adolescents
- experience working with or in an educational setting is preferred, but not required
Clinically, the Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) will:
- see patients as scheduled, normally during the planned hours weekly, currently Tuesday afternoons (subject to change as needed). Such patients may be self-referred (rare), referred by the counseling team (normally, after triage), or referred by advisers, deans or parents. In most situations, patients scheduled to see the psychiatrist have been seen apriori by a member of the counseling team who determines that is the best plan. Normally, the student’s family will be well-aware of such consultation prior to the appointment.
- see patients in the office, either to allow for more time as in continued therapy, more privacy for those concerned with seeing a psychiatrist in the Health Center, or when the time on the Choate campus does not permit an appointment at Choate.
- coordinate with the Director of Counseling, the Medication Nurse Manager, and the student’s family, prescribe medications as indicated.
- see patients on an emergency/urgent basis as requested by the counseling team. This may include night or weekend consultation in person or by phone.
- provide emergency coverage for mental health crises during the school year.
- evaluate, consult, and advise the school in situations involving potential medical leave for possible psychiatric reasons.
- consult and advise the school to assist in the decision as to a student returning from a medical leave for possible psychiatric reasons.
Educationally, the Consulting Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP):
- attends counseling meetings weekly to provide expert consultation to the counseling team as requested.
- attends faculty meetings when requested to answer questions regarding a difficult campus mental health situation (for example, a suicide), or to help on faculty education (dealing with parents, depression, stress, sleep etc.)
- advise the school as indicated or requested on issues of policy and education on mental health issues (for example, disciplinary response and/or counseling for substance abuse).
Working at Choate
Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 300 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.
Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.
For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate difference and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that living in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace them through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own.
Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.