Sutter Health Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatry/Behavioral Health-Palo Alto in Palo Alto, California


Under physician supervision, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will provide direct clinical services to patients with psychiatric disorders, representing a broad range of diagnostic groups and developmental stages. These clinical services will include assessments, treatment planning, pharmacotherapy, and individual and group psychotherapies—as well as well as consultations to physicians and other clinicians. The care delivered will be based on theoretical principals and scientific knowledge and within the scope of the California Nurse Practice Act. The work will mainly occur within the primary care clinics, although care may be delivered in other clinic settings as well—all within a collaborative care model. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will work one evening per week.

In collaboration with departmental leadership, this clinician will additionally be asked to participate in the design, development, and implementation of PAMF's integrated behavioral healthcare program.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Obtains problem oriented patient history and documents findings in the patient medical record and in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Performs physical and psychosocial assessments and documents findings in the patient medical record.

  • Diagnoses and treats medical problems including patient education, counseling, medication advice and follow-up instructions with referral when necessary to supervising physician or specialist.


Education, including Licensure / Certification / Registration

  • Current CA RN license required

  • Current CA Nurse Practitioner License required

  • Current DEA license required

  • BCLS for Healthcare Providers (AHA) required

  • National certification required

  • ACLS certification preferred

  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred

  • Experience using Epic is also preferred

2 years advanced practice experience in psychiatric settings. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults of all ages—as well as in working within primary care settings and in using an integrated care approach. Broad experience in psychopharmacology, the management of psychiatric medications, and the education of patients and their families with respect to pharmacotherapy.

Organization: *Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Title: Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatry/Behavioral Health-Palo Alto

Location: California-Peninsula/South Bay and Santa Cruz-Palo Alto

Requisition ID: PAMF-1714432

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.