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Advanced Practitioner RN Specialist - F/C

Requisition No: 797325 
Agency: Children and Families
Position Number: 60009663 
Salary: $4,547.59 bi-weekly 
Posting Closing Date: 03/27/2023 

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking, and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

Florida State Hospital (FSH) is a mental health treatment facility owned and operated by the State of Florida and is part of the Department of Children and Families. The department’s mission is to “work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.”
This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as Advanced Practical RN Specialist. This position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 
Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting. Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management.
  • The incumbent must spend at least 75 percent of his or her time performing duties which involve contact with patients or inmates in a correctional or forensic facility or institution.
  • This is a highly responsible position in the expanded role of professional psychiatric nursing, providing psychiatric care and performing certain medical acts within protocols established mutually with the Medical Service director, and in conformance with specialized certification. The incumbent in this position identifies nursing and mental health related problems. Plans and implements nursing care to resolve identified problems, provides management and care of acute and chronic mental health problems, and engages in the teaching of general health care. May be required to provide psychiatric on-call coverage for nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Makes daily rounds with psychiatrists(s) and jointly manages acute and/or chronic conditions.
  • Monitors, initiates, and/or alters appropriate medications for specific conditions, according to interpretation of diagnostic testing, within the established written protocol
  • Evaluates and assesses psychiatric conditions.
  • Writes monthly summaries on designated persons.
  • Assists psychiatrist in preparing petitions and clinical summaries for legal action.
  • Compiles intra-hospital admission, discharge and/or transfer summaries.
  • Plans and conducts individual and/or group therapy.
  • Assists in hospital specialty clinics as designated.
  • Performs related work duties as required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of program management and delivery of health services.
  • Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to perform compete physical appraisals of clients.
  • Ability to manage the care of clients.
  • Ability to work with clients having a variety of physical problems.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses.
  • Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the results.
  • Ability to administer prescribed medications.
  • Ability to compile and evaluate medical histories and other clinical and laboratory data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to apply the consultative process in problem-solving activities.
  • Ability to collect, interpret and analyze statistical, demographic and service data.
  • Ability to formulate and monitor nursing standards and operating policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and implement various program monitoring methodologies and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Certification as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in accordance with Florida Statute 464, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing and four years of professional nursing experience, two years may have been in an ARNP capacity.
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing can substitute for two years of the required general professional nursing experience.
  • Certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP).
Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
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  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses
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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.