Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Department:  Health Services
Date:  05/15/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Health Services

Part-Time, 9-Month, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Colby College is an AAAHC accredited student health service providing comprehensive care to students. The psychiatric mental health (PMH) nurse practitioner, under general supervision of the director of health services, will function both independently and in collaboration with others to diagnose, treat, and manage psychological health problems and to evaluate the effectiveness of care. The nurse practitioner may be involved with educational activities and integrates relevant research and best practices into caring for students from diverse backgrounds and identities. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Practice within the terms of the Garrison Foster Health Center NP Collaborative Agreement, which defines scope of practice and consultation within Health Services
  • Perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluations including evaluation of behavioral health and medical histories; trauma; history and risk of violence, suicide, and self-harm; substance use; social and developmental history; qualitative and quantitative assessment of functioning; mental status; self-understanding; and motivation for change
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests as needed
  • Diagnose, evaluate, and treat acute and chronic psychiatric conditions according to a collaborative, defined treatment plan that includes client-centered, measurable goals, and objectives
  • Provide crisis intervention, as needed
  • Collaborate with other members of the Health Services team, Counseling Services, other campus departments, and off-campus providers as needed
  • Document via an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system and maintain patient records in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Adapt within the work environment to meet patient or organizational needs (e.g. work schedule and assignment)
  • Attend staff meetings, continuing education in-service programs and other meetings, trainings, or programs as required by College administration
  • Perform quality improvement duties as assigned by the director of health services and/or in collaboration with the Quality and Risk Management Committee
  • Serve on health services committees as appointed by the director of health services
  • Use non clinical time to support activities that enhance the health and wellness of Colby students as well as improve the visibility and credibility of the Health Services on campus and in the greater community, including but not limited to health education programs, accreditation activities, campus committees, residence hall/campus presentations and/or other opportunities as agreed upon in collaboration with the director of health services; activities may fall outside normal office hours
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Graduate from an accredited college or university-based Nursing Practitioner Program and certification by Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board; Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maine
  • Nurse practitioner with a minimum of three to five years of psychiatric experience in an outpatient setting; experience in a college health and counseling setting and/or with late adolescents/young adults strongly preferred
  • Prescriptive authority issued by the Maine State Board of Nursing
  • Current DEA controlled substance registration
  • Evidence of current Basic Life Support Certification (CPR)
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and support staff within the health center as well as staff from various departments on campus
  • Talent to communicate with students and parents in a clear concise compassionate manner
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and a commitment to working with a diverse student population at a top liberal arts college
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community

Reporting to the medical director of student health services, this position interacts with students, faculty, staff, and outside constituencies.


General health and medical services environment. Position involves frequent movement; some lifting (up to 50 pounds) required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is necessary. Routine occupational exposure to blood or body fluids. Physical ability to safely wear a respirator; verification of Hepatitis B, MMR, and varicella immunity status due to potential exposure to communicable diseases.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

PMH Nurse Practitioner - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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