Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Vertava Health Boston, MA $

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Reports to: Outpatient Clinic Director

FLSA Status: Exempt


Vertava Health, formerly known as Addiction Campuses, is a leading provider of SUD treatment and recovery services via various effective and innovative addiction treatment programs from industry-leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique residential treatment centers and a virtual care platform serving patients across the country, Vertava Health creates successful programs tailored to an individual’s struggle with substance abuse and mental health.


In order to make this possible, we need an exceptional Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who can meet the requirements below.  Think you have what it takes to help us change lives all over the country?

Job Summary:

As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Vertava Health, you will provide compassionate, evidenced-based psychiatric care to adult patients with substance use disorders. You will complete a psychiatric evaluation for all admitted patients, and conduct follow-up consultations as needed. You will prescribe and manage psychotropic medications for those patients who need them. You will work closely with a staff psychiatrist and other PMHNPs, as well as a multidisciplinary treatment of therapists, medical providers, nurses, and case managers. 

You will assess and treat mental health issues across our continuum of care to help patients safely stabilize and build a strong foundation for long-term recovery from addiction. The ideal candidate has broad direct care experience, and knowledge of addiction treatment. You should be efficient, flexible, and eager to embrace a team-based approach that models collaborative, solution-based problem solving, and authentic communication. 

Priority responsibilities include:

Admissions and Assessments

  • Evaluate potential admissions flagged as needing psychiatric approval

  • Prioritize patients with identified safety risk to assess danger to self or others

  • Conduct a psychiatric evaluation of all admitted patients within established time frame

  • Reconcile current psychiatric medications and determine which orders to continue, modify, or stop (often in consultation with patient’s outside provider)

Patient Care

  • Assess and diagnose mental health disorders

  • Provide psychotherapy as appropriate

  • Recommend strategies to manage acute or chronic mental health issues

  • Prescribe psychotropic medications and provide patient education related to intended effects, possible side effects, and anticipated duration of use

  • Offer guidance in the resolution of acute mental health or behavioral crisis


  • Meticulously document assessments and observations, interventions and response, and progress towards goals

  • Create progress notes for each visit and consultation 

  • Enter medication and action orders within the eMAR / ePrescribing platform

  • Communicate verbal orders clearly to RNs, ensure orders are read back, and sign orders within 24-hours after checking for accuracy

  • Review results of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) search 

Collaborate with multiple departments, teams and stakeholders, including:

  • Psychiatrist, Medical Director, and NP/PA colleagues

  • Nursing Department

  • Treatment teams 

  • Campus- and Senior-Leadership Teams

  • Business development teams

  • Pharmacies

  • Patient families

  • Local hospitals and healthcare providers

  • Utilization review team and insurance companies 

  • Professional organizations

Other duties as assigned


  • Masters degree from an accredited nursing program

  • Unrestricted current PMHNP license to practice in state of employment

  • Must have prescriptive authorization and XDEA license is preferred

  • Broad clinical experience required, addiction treatment experience preferred

  • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

  • Positive energy : )

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently

  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds

  • Close vision required to see computer monitor, read documents, and operate copy and fax machine

  • Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions

Vertava Health is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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