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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Call Center Coordinator III – The Call Center Coordinator III (Access Coordinator III) works under supervision to function as a patient resource for all scheduling and billing questions and to facilitate comprehensive patient data collections, timely and accurate billing, prompt collections of payment for services rendered, facilitates scheduling coordination and conflicts.  This position must be able to perform all duties of the Access Coordinator I and II level and performs other duties to support the patient care activities as needed. This position works in a call center environment.

Mental Health Professional – The Mental Health Professional at UAMS STRIVE provides 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 MHP must meet a clinical productivity/service access expectation as set by the supervisor and the department.  S/He completes clinical and administrative processes and documentation in compliance with relevant policies and procedures; and participates 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.

Post Doctoral Fellow – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking applications for a post-doctoral research fellow (2-3 year appointment) who aspires to become an independent academic researcher with a focus on substance use disorders and neuroimaging. The fellow will primarily work with Dr. Merideth Addicott to conduct research on the stress-smoking relationship. Dr. Addicott’s recent work is focused on the relationship between distress tolerance and smoking cessation, using measures of neuroimaging and ecological momentary analysis. An ongoing project involves smokers making a quit attempt while tracking their craving, mood, and daily hassles across a two-week period. The fellow will be supported by this project and will receive training in tobacco use disorder, conducting clinical research, functional magnetic resonance imaging, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant preparation.

RN- PRI Child Unit Days – The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Child Diagnostic Center (5S). The CDC 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.

CPAE Nurse Coordinator –  The Adult and Child Post-infectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (PAE) Clinical Coordinator serves as a liaison and informant for patients, insurances, in house care teams, and outside referring providers as well as supports daily operations for the PAE program. The PAE Clinical Coordinator will provide support to the UAMS Behavioral Health Service Line as directed by providers within the scope of practice of an RN. The Nurse will provide direct patient care, assist providers in clinic, and act as point of contact for in house and external communications with the PAE Program.

RN- PRI Adult Unit, Days – 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- PRI Child Diagnostic Unit – The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Child Diagnostic Center (5S). The CDC 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- PRI Child Diagnostic Unit- Nights – The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Child Diagnostic Center (5S). The CDC 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- PRI Child Unit- Days – The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Child Diagnostic Center (5S). The CDC 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.

Women’s Mental Health Clinic (WMHC) Program Manager – The Women’s Mental Health Clinic (WMHC) Program Manager (PM) coordinates and implements the WMHC’s daily functions in the areas of clinical staff supervision, program policies and procedures, assessment and referrals, and training. This position requires the ability to interact and develop strong positive working relationships with a diverse group of professionals at all levels within the organization, community, industry and state and federal governments.

Mental Health Professional – The Mental Health Professional (MHP) at the Psychiatric Research Institute provides direct clinical services, including but not limited to, diagnostic assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, collateral intervention, and crisis intervention to patients [Clinical services are provided in the office].  S/He must meet a clinical productivity/service access expectation as set by the supervisor and the department and completes clinical and administrative processes and documentation in compliance with relevant policies and procedures.

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