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  • Psychiatric Nurse - Assertive Community Treatment


    At Heartland Family Service, we are committed to building a culture that is trauma informed and values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We believe this allows for better service delivery and innovation, as it encourages our employees to bring various experiences and uniqueness to the workplace. 

    Trauma Informed Care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.  Trauma Informed Care also acknowledges the effects of working with trauma survivors on our workforce, and seeks to build collaborative and supportive working environments and relationships. 

    If you believe in our mission of creating healthy families and communities, and like a fast pace, collaborative and team oriented environment, then Heartland Family Service is the agency for you.


    Assesses and monitors the client’s on-going psychiatric, medical and social needs. Oversee medication monitoring and administration under team psychiatrist/nurse practitioner. Collaborates with internal and external providers to coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment. Manages pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

    This position functions as a fully integrated Team Member of the Assertive Community Treatment Team that assists individuals with a chronic mental illness to minimize symptoms and the resulting impairment in daily functioning.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • *Plan, implement and evaluate programs of care and therapeutic intervention to meet the needs of an identified caseload of chronically mentally ill individuals.
    • *Act as case manager both to clients on own caseload and that of other professionals on the team.
    • *Ensure that care given is appropriate and coordinated, incorporating best practice for treatment, risk assessment and multi-agency service coordination.
    • *Support individuals and their families during inpatient admission and with their reintegration to the community.
    • *Provide psychiatric assessments for individuals to include routine and emergency assessments.
    • *Assess physical health needs, make appropriate referrals, and coordinate care as needed.
    • *Screening for health risks at time of admission and periodically thereafter.
    • *Connect clients who have no primary care providers with a provider.
    • *Coordinating health care of ACT clients with their IHH Provider.
    • *Health Coaching-implement individual and group wellness activities.
    • *Providing crisis health intervention to stabilize health of ACT clients when at risk fro admission or readmission or ER use.
    • *Implementing preventive, as well as remedial, health and wellness plans.
    • *Cross-training of other team members in use of health and wellness interventions as individually indicated.
    • *Provide management and administration of medication in conjunction with the ACT psychiatrist or nurse practitioner.
    • *Work closely with other members of the team and staff from other key agencies.
    • Provide a range of therapeutic interventions to individuals and their families.
    • *Maintains client clinical record with treatment plan, client progress and termination summary.
    • Provide education and training to agency staff regarding health issues.
    • Displays a courteous and caring attitude at all times to the clientele, volunteers, and visitors of the Agency.
    • Cooperates and collaborates with program area staff, volunteers, and other Agency staff.
    • Is dependable and punctual regarding scheduling and attendance.
    • Abides by all specific program and Agency procedures, policies, and requirements.
    • Develops personal and program related skills through participation in internal and external training opportunities including printed material and audio and/or visual media.
    • *Creates, maintains, and shares as appropriate a dynamic self-care plan. Maintains clinical record.
    • *Strives to make connections between the agency and the larger community whenever possible in order to contribute to the agency’s ongoing fundraising and friend-raising efforts.
    • *Essential functions of this job are to be performed in a community-based program.
    • Performs other program related duties as assigned.

                                                                             *DENOTES ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS


    • Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing, and licensed in the state of Iowa as an RN.
    • Two years of experience, preferably in a substance abuse or mental health behavioral health setting along with working knowledge of primary health care issues.
    • Valid driver’s license/ acceptable driving record



    Self-care- Practices good self-care; maintains effective emotional regulation and manages stress. 

    Integrity-An authentic and honest therapist plays a key role in the client’s recovery. Often, a therapist will inadvertently become a role model for the client. That means the therapist should conduct their personal and professional lives with honesty and integrity. 

    Critical thinking- A therapist needs to have the ability to see beyond the surface of the clients issues. 

    Continuous learning- stay updated on the latest research and treatment plans to help clients in the best way possible. 

    Active listening 

    Organization and Time-Management Strategies-Responsible for keeping track of paperwork, fees for clients.

    Communication -Exhibits clear and concise verbal and written communications; communicates honestly and directly.



    (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


    (Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).        

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Position Type: Full-time