Positions At PRI

Experienced RNs are eligible to receive a $25,000 taxable sign-on bonus once they complete three years of employment at the Psychiatric Research Institute. To be eligible, applicants must maintain full-time employment at UAMS, must be employed in a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week critical area (such as PRI’s inpatient units) and must maintain satisfactory annual performance evaluations with no progressive discipline. Applicants can apply for the bonus up to 90 days after being hired. PRI nurses who refer a nurse to any of UAMS’ critical 24-7 areas and who meets the necessary requirements are eligible for an $18,000 (for full-time) or $9,000 (for part-time) bonus. For more information about these bonuses, contact Angela McFadden at ADMcfadden@uams.edu.

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Licensed Certified Social Worker – Licensed Certified Social Workers at the Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) provide direct clinical services, including but not limited to, diagnostic assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, collateral intervention, and crisis intervention to patients. Services are provided primarily in the office, community or home setting based on patient need and pay source permissions. The clinician must meet a clinical productivity/service access expectation as set by the supervisor and the department; complete clinical and administrative processes and documentation in compliance with relevant policies and procedures; and participate in staff meetings, training, supervision, and continuing education activities as needed to maintain quality and coordination of care as well as professional licensure and/or certification.

RN PRI Adult Inpatient Unit – The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Acute Medical Psych (6S & 6N). The AMP is a 20 bed unit which cares for adult patients ranging in age from 18 to 50 years, who have a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Those patients might have exacerbations of previously diagnosed problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and schizophrenia, among others. We also assess first onset psychiatric disorders and admit patients who are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, hallucinations and delusions. Many of these patients are also treated for substance abuse, which can complicate, or at times, mimic a mental illness. Those patients might also have a physical diagnosis that warrants continued hospitalization. This is a very unique feature for a psychiatric facility, and fills a great need for the patients at UAMS and across the state of Arkansas. As a result, patients do not have to wait until they are completely healed of a medical problem before they can begin to receive intensive, and comprehensive mental health treatment. The patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team that addresses all aspects of a patient’s life, formulating a treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each patient.

RN PRN – The Registered Nurse (RN) provides direct patient care to assigned patients. As a professional nurse, the nursing process is utilized in the provision of care. The RN practices within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas and adheres to institutional policies, procedures and standards.

RN PRI Crisis Stabilization Unit – The Registered Nurse (RN) provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the PRI Behavioral Health Service Line. As a professional nurse, the nursing process is utilized in the provision of care. The RN practices within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas and adheres to institutional policies, procedures and standards.

Licensed Certified Social Worker – The Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) at the Psychiatric Research Institute completes clinical and administrative processes and documentation in compliance with relevant policies and procedures. S/He participates in staff meetings, training, supervision, and continuing education activities as needed to maintain quality and coordination of care as well as professional licensure. Clinical services are provided in the office and the clinician must meet a clinical productivity/service access expectation as set by the supervisor and the department

Patient Services Associate Child Inpatient Unit – The Patient Services Associate (PSA) is a specifically trained member of the unit based care team who provides both clerical and patient care support to the PRI Child Inpatient Unit team. The Child Inpatient Unit is a 10 bed unit that treats children ages 2 to 12 and represents a new approach to treatment for children with mental illness. The unit takes a multidisciplinary approach, relying on specialists in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work and education as well as speech, language and occupational therapy. The staff uses a unique approach involving Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) while working with the children to identify their individual needs based on how they interact with others. Once the patient is discharged, the institute staff will continue to follow the child to integrate the treatment plan with community-based caregivers.

RN, Women’s Unit – The Registered Nurse (RN)provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Acute Medical Psych (Women’s Inpatient Unit). The AMP is a 20 bed unit which cares for adult patients ranging in age from 18 to 50 years, who have a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Those patients might have exacerbations of previously diagnosed problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and schizophrenia, among others. We also assess first onset psychiatric disorders and admit patients who are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, hallucinations and delusions. Many of these patients are also treated for substance abuse, which can complicate, or at times, mimic a mental illness. Those patients might also have a physical diagnosis that warrants continued hospitalization. This is a very unique feature for a psychiatric facility, and fills a great need for the patients at UAMS and across the state of Arkansas. As a result, patients do not have to wait until they are completely healed of a medical problem before they can begin to receive intensive, and comprehensive mental health treatment. The patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team that addresses all aspects of a patient’s life, formulating a treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Licensed Psychological Examiner – The Licensed Psychological Examiner (LPE)/Psychologist on the Child Diagnostic Unit (CDU) at the Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) works as part of an interdisciplinary team to primarily provide diagnostic testing services to children admitted to the CDU and their families. S/He provides occasional direct clinical services to patients and families, including but not limited to, participating in the diagnostic assessment and discharge processes, individual therapy, family therapy, communicating with outpatient service providers, schools, other agencies or individuals to help gather information to aid in the assessment, treatment/evaluation and discharge process for each patient. Group interventions/activities for children or families may also become a part of required duties when the need arises. While it is preferable that most clinical services are provided face to face on the unit or in the therapist’s office, some collateral and family sessions may be held by phone when it is difficult for families to visit every week. S/He may be asked to flex their schedule to accommodate families who may have to schedule sessions or visits after hours or on weekends.

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