Washington State Mental Health ARNP (Lead) Psychiatric Prescriber at Walla Walla in Monroe, Washington


Mental Health ARNP (Lead) Psychiatric Prescriber Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) Walla Walla, WA

The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) for the Washington State Penitentiary located in Walla Walla, WA. This is a full timeMonday - Friday with weekends and holidays off position.

*Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) *is a 2500 bed facility for high and medium custody men. It is located just outside the city, farms and vineyards of Walla Walla. Four separate facilities exist within the institution, each of which houses a different custody level of offender. WSP is currently engaged in major facility construction; replacing old facilities with newer high custody housing units. WSP has just opened a new standalone health care building with inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health care and a six chair dental operatory.

The Department has several options for providing mental health care to those who require treatment. All major institutions can provide temporary or short-term in-patient psychiatric care for crisis management and stabilization. In our continuing efforts to improve our comprehensive system of care, initiative and clinical leadership are highly prized.

Walla Walla is known for its world-class wineries. With more than 100 wineries representing a wide range of varieties, it doesn't take long to see why. It is also known for its agriculture producing wheat, asparagus, strawberries and the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. For more information visit, www.wallawalla.org.

Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.


This positions primary responsibilities are:

Utilizes independent practitioner status with prescriptive authority to assess and administer treatment for psychiatric illness of offenders. Performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations including detailed history of mental status evaluations on assigned patients. Evaluates available data and orders appropriate laboratory tests. Obtains previous psychiatric records. Prescribes appropriate therapies and follow-up as indicated. Maintains accurate, thorough records via dictation of evaluations and dictated or written progress notes.

Refers medical problems to the appropriate medical staff as indicated; is available for suicide assessment and crisis intervention. Coordinates with outside community resources to provide continuity of care for MCC mental health outpatients. Records in conjunction with medical records staff.

Provides consultation to and coordinates psychiatric care with other mental health and medical professionals. Reviews difficult or complex cases with the consulting psychiatrist. Participate actively in Health Services Unit meetings and committees. Assists in the development of mental health policies, procedures and protocols. Maintains continuing education requirements.



Must possess a valid Washington State license to practice as a Registered Nurse, AND, current certification from an approved national certification program (American Nurses Association) verifying completion of an advanced formal education program in the area of specialty, AND, possession of a current designation as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the state of Washington.


Recent graduates of the formal education program who are awaiting the results of the licensing examination must have a Washington State issued temporary permit. Failure to obtain a license shall result in immediate termination from the position by the appointing authority.

Special Requirements: Must hold unrestricted license to practice as a midlevel practitioner and prescribe scheduled drugs. In addition, employees will be required to maintain CME credits sufficient to maintain license.

Preferred / Desired education: Must complete appropriate training and certification as an ARNP.

Pre-employment process may include drug testing.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.

  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.

  • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.

  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.

  • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.

  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.

  • Work effectively with men and women of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.

  • Promote inclusiveness.

  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.

  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email wendy.vandel@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5742. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WSP

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $68,148.00 - $108,960.00 Annually

Location: Snohomish County – Monroe, WA