Clinical Nurse Specialist - Psychiatry

Our Detroit Lakes team is seeking a Psychiatry NP or CNS to join them in serving our patient populations throughout the lakes area. The Psychiatry NP/CNS will be responsible for providing and supporting behavioral health care services to individual patients and families across the continuum of care. Find support and resources from our professional, patient-focused and compassionate Behavioral Health group that includes 2 physician, 7 advanced practice clinicians and 2 dedicated support staff. This highly-respected team along with a growing practice and great facilities to work within provide the ideal setting for candidates seeking a strong, support system.

  • Will consider 0.8 - 1.0 FTE, full-time status; Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm 
  • Outpatient Practice (95%); inpatient/ED consults (5%) 
  • Detroit Lakes Clinic Coverage: 2-3 days per week with 10-14 patients/day 
  • Outreach to Park Rapids and Pelican Rapids Clinic Coverage: 2-3 days per week with 8-12 patients/day 
  • New graduates will be considered 
  • Adult population, preferred candidate would have pediatric emphasis/training 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Mental Requirements: 

Advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse is limited to the provision of primary mental health care services to those at risk for mental disorders or presently in need of psychiatric-mental health services. 

  • Designing and conducting mental illness preventive interventions
  • Conducting individual psychotherapy, or family, group and network therapies as needed
  • Conducting health screening and psychiatric evaluation
  • Prescribing, monitoring, managing, and evaluating psychopharmacological and related medications
  • Providing integrated mental health services in general health settings
  • Collaborating with psychiatrists, seeking consultation when necessary and referring patients to other providers (physicians or nurse practitioners in other specialties) when the patient’s physical or mental health condition requires it
  • Collaborating with the interdisciplinary team to promote behavioral health services on the continuum of care

In addition, the candidate should possess: 

  • Highly developed analytical critical thinking and/or organizational skills as well as strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Proven ability to build effective working relationships and use tact, discretion and diplomacy when working with others. 
  • Demonstrates ability to stay calm and focused in environment of multiple demands and uses good judgment in emergency situations. 
  • Keyboard skills and basic computer skills. 

The Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist utilizes advanced health assessment, knowledge, and decision making skills, while working both independently and in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals. The NP/CNS will provide health care to individuals and families, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention, caring for patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly. Position requires high level of customer service skills to establish and enhance positive relationships with patients, co-workers, and others. In addition to the responsibilities of a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist as defined in the description, the Psychiatry NP/CNS is responsible for providing and supporting behavioral health care services to individual patients and families across the continuum of care. 


Master’s or Doctorate degree in Nursing from an accredited institution that followed a specialty track in Mental Health and is certified by a professional nursing organization to exercise advanced nursing competencies including (a) mental health promotion and (b) the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric conditions. 

Licensure/Certifications required: 

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in appropriate state 
  • State licensure as either an Adult or Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist with graduate coursework in: 
    • Advanced health assessment (to include both physical and mental health) 
    • Pathophysiology (or neurophysiology/biophysiology)
    • Pharmacology and/or psychopharmacology (both preferred)
    • Diagnosis and medication management of psychiatric illness (clinical practicum); AND have supervised clinical training at the graduate or post-graduate level 
  • Current certification in CPR 
  • National certification, in applicable area 
  • Successful completion of Essentia Health credentialing process prior to practice

Essentia Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran Status.