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Child Psychiatric APN


  • Master's (Required)
  • CDS Advanced Practice Nurse (Required)
  • NJ APN, Psychiatric with Prescriptive Authority (Required)

Full Job Description

Ranch Hope is currently recruiting a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at our Alloway location. In this position you will be responsible for serving children and families with a wide range of mental health concerns and emotional issues. You will coach, train and guide all staff in a manner that contributes to ongoing education and improvement of medical treatment and will work with other members of the administrative team to ensure life safety requirements and treatment goals are met.

Ranch Hope is a non-profit Residential Treatment Center with locations in Salem and Gloucester Counties. Since 1964 our mission has been to transform lives through Christ-centered love and compassion while providing residential treatment, shelter, camp, special education and independent living services to youth from throughout the state of New Jersey..

Ranch Hope provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes 90 % paid Horizon Health Insurance, voluntary Dental and Vision, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan with 100 % match on the first 3 % you defer and a 50 % match on the next 2 % you defer.


Knowledge of State and federal laws regarding client/student rights to privacy

Understanding of relevant reporting requirements for the State of New Jersey

Mastery of psychiatric nursing level of care and requirements by licensing

Understanding and compliance with all Ranch Hope policies and procedures


  • Ability to serve as a positive and professional role model through compassionate, nurturing, empathetic and tolerant interpersonal communications
  • Ability to demonstrate respect, cooperation, consideration and professionalism in working with subordinates, peers, supervisors, vendors and others
  • Trained in and ability to utilize Trauma Informed Care and Nurtured Heart Approach in directing management of staff and treatment models within programs
  • Ability to de-escalate agitated or disruptive situations through use of supportive/directive responses
  • Ability to utilize nonviolent Handle With Care techniques to resolve unsafe situations
  • Ability to recognize and respect cultural and ethnic differences
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to be punctual and attend all scheduled meetings/appointments on a consistent basis

Duties & Responsibilities:

Programmatic Leadership

  • Report any and all allegations or concerns regarding abuse or neglect immediately to Program Director, Chief Operating Officer or the Administrator on Duty
  • Maintain credentials as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Conduct training sessions to Ranch Hope staff on proper medication management, electronic medical records and related health topics
  • Maintain a consistent presence in the treatment units across various shifts to provide coaching and modeling of appropriate medical care
  • Provides medication monitoring and follow-up visits for youth
  • Routinely orders prescriptions and refills
  • Provide initial psychiatric assessment for every youth upon admission
  • Coordinate care with treatment team members
  • Document all medical/clinical evaluations, diagnosis, treatment, referrals, education and consultations
  • Works closely with Strang School nurse and Transportation Coordinator

PQI/Life Safety Management

  • Serve as a liaison (or delegate) in meetings related to: Strategic Planning, PQI, Risk Management, Council on Accreditation, and others as needed
  • Ensure medication administration standards and protocols are being met by reviewing all cottage MARs weekly and documenting and reporting any errors to the RTC and Assistant Spec Director and relevant nursing staff

Education & Professional Experience:

  • Masters Degree in Nursing with advanced APN Psychiatry experience
  • Minimum of 3 years clinical experience
  • Completion of Handle With Care training within first month of employment
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in electronic medical records

Certifications/Licenses Required:

  • New Jersey license in adolescent APN Psychiatry
  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • Valid Driver’s License

Physical Abilities:

  • Sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, bending, reaching
  • Ability to visually monitor children
  • Hearing and speaking to communicate effectively
  • Ability to observe surroundings and quickly react to emergency situations
  • Ability to physically restrain children as needed during crisis situations

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $125,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Medical specialties:

  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry

Physical setting:

  • Inpatient


  • 8 hour shift

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have a collaborating psychiatrist?


  • Master's (Required)


  • CDS Advanced Practice Nurse (Required)
  • NJ APN, Psychiatric with Prescriptive Authority (Required)

Work Location: In person

  • Health insurance


Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Masters

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