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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RN- PRI Adult Units, nights – This position serves as a member of a close-knit research team conducting clinical trials investigating the efficacy of pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid use disorder and/or psychostimulant use. This RA will oversee and perform research clinic activities, perform recruitment activities, including assessing subject’s eligibility for research projects, conducts informed consent, processes specimen samples, prepare and conduct research intakes and research assessments of the participants, prepare research/clinic materials, monitor enrolled subject’s physical and emotional condition throughout the study, and perform data entry/data management activities. This position works with oversight by the study coordinator and under the supervision of PI, and will work closely with the study physicians to bring potential medical issues to the study physicians for further evaluation. After initial training, this RA will work with other members of the research team with latitude for independent judgement.

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, WEO 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.

RN- PRI Womens Unit, Nights – 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.

Access Supervisor- BHSL Child Study Center – The Access Supervisor facilitates the operations of assigned work-flows including registration, call center, patient portals, on-line/e-requests, EPIC work queues and physician referrals.   They assist with the testing, managing and/or monitoring of workflows within UAMS electronic systems to insure maximum productivity. This position assumes responsibility of manager during the absence of manager, educates staff on scheduling requirements, and physician templates, payer requirements and government rules and regulations required for compliance, registration and customer service. They will also perform regular audits to ensure productivity, quality and compliance; provide report of findings and works with administrative team to develop corrective action plans; and displays exceptional leadership, supervisory, communication and interpersonal skills.

Administrative Coordinator – Administrative Coordinator for the Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) program assists with the coordination of training activities. They work collaboratively with various training teams on scheduling and logistical support. This position also assists with the invoicing, travel, and procurement processes for the ARBEST team.

Education Specialist – AR-Connect is the virtual mental health and substance use clinic for UAMS. The Education Specialist is responsible for resource management for all AR-Connect patients based on their reported needs.  They are a vital part of the AR-Connect team, working with Mental Health Professionals (MHPs), Intake Coordinators, and other Care Coordinators, and reports to the Clinic Supervisor. This position will function within the AR-Connect Resource Center.

RN- PRI Adult Unit, nights – 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.

Trauma Educator – The Trauma Educator is a highly specialized mental health professional who is primarily responsible for training educators, health and social service professionals on specialized approaches to the care of children who have experienced trauma (and their parents and other caregivers). Frequently, after trainings, a need arises for a referral into metal health services. A secondary responsibility will be to, assist families and/or professionals in accessing specialized trauma-related services. They will also provide community outreach and education activities to build awareness of trauma and trauma-related supports and services.

Licensed Certified Social Worker – The Licensed Certified Social Worker 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. 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.

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