Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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The Jewish Board’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is a unique and pioneering one-year program that provides a structured, nurturing training and learning environment for newly graduated and early career Psychiatric Nurses.

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We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2024 Residency Year, which will begin around September 30, 2024. Click here to download the application and submit it to The application deadline is rolling, with final decisions being made on approximately August 1, 2024.

Our year-long residency teaches Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners how to become clinical leaders at the agency and in the field of mental health. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency includes:

  • Enhanced supervision and support: the heart of our Residency Program. Residents spend the brunt of their time in precepted clinical experiences, where they receive dedicated supervision from seasoned Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and psychiatrists who provide individualized supervision throughout the day, including evenings. Residents also work in specialty rotations, where they gain experience providing care to a diversity of clients with regular supervision and support.
  • In all clinical experiences, residents gradually build their caseloads in order to avoid the “sink or swim” situation that newly graduated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residents typically encounter.
  • Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Program encourages leadership and the ability to tackle larger issues related to mental healthcare. Residents take part in weekly didactic sessions to review and discuss stimulating readings, guidelines, case studies, and other learning materials to supplement their clinical development as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
  • Residents also take part in regular Quality Improvement (QI) experiences, identifying and addressing larger trends impacting mental health care at the agency and beyond.
  • These weekly QI and didactics sessions also provide residents additional supervision and peer support, greatly decreasing the isolation and stress of being a new Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
  • In order to provide you with a diversity of clinical experiences, the residency will include different settings and populations. Residents must be willing and able to travel to different sites throughout our agency, typically 1 day a week on-site. For example, residents may work at our programs in Riverdale, Bronx, and Midwood, Brooklyn.
  • As part of their clinical and leadership development, we expect residents to embrace key roles in leading special projects, like providing therapy and/or meds-only treatment.
  • Upon completion of the year-long Residency, Residency Graduates continue to work at the agency for at least a year as full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, with salaries increasing accordingly. This way, Residency Graduates further develop the relationships formed during their Residency year with their clients, Residency Preceptors, therapists, and program directors. Residency Graduates continue to enjoy the rich collaborative culture of The Jewish Board.

Residents are paid competitive salaries with full benefits. Salaries are commensurate with the reduced caseload as part of the residency program.

We're accepting applications our next cohort of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residents!
We will contact residency candidates to schedule interviews, which are conducted by Residency Staff.

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When does the residency start and end?

The residency has two start dates: every fall, and every spring (exact start dates can vary slightly based on factors like pandemic requirements, background checks, etc.). Regardless of exact start date, both fall and spring residents work for a full year as a resident.

Are residents different from Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner interns?

Residents are newly graduated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and are fully licensed clinicians. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner interns are still in school and are not licensed.

Why should I apply to the residency, instead of a typical Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner job?

Compared to any newly hired Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or psychiatrist, residents receive additional, more intensive training and supervision. Residents receive extra levels of supervision at their clinical sites; as part of this, residents will initially see a lower number of clients as part of helping them to better assess, diagnose, start and provide ongoing treatment to clients. This ramp-up approach also helps to avoid burn out and feeling overwhelmed.

In addition, residents develop the vision and leadership skills to provide expert care and tackle larger mental health issues:

  • Residents take part in weekly didactic sessions to learn about cutting edge research and practices related to individual treatments and wider, systemic phenomena.
  • Residents also take part in Quality Improvement (QI) projects, where they gain hands-on experience identifying and addressing larger trends related to mental health care. This gives residents the opportunity to develop their own QI projects, related to issues of particular interest to them.

How long of a commitment must I make?

After completing a year-long residency, residents are required to continue with The Jewish Board as a full time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for at least one additional year.

Are residents allowed to see clients independently? Does someone else need to prescribe medications for them?

Residents are fully licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and are able to see clients independently and prescribe medications. However, as part of the residency, they will first seek the approval of their preceptor or mentor before initiating or continuing treatment.

What is a preceptor? Who else supervises residents?

The Preceptor is the residents’ supervisor when they are taking part in “precepted clinics,” where residents gradually build their own caseloads with the dedicated supervision and oversight of preceptors.

Residents also take part in “mentored clinics,” where they more quickly build their caseload. Mentors are PNPs and psychiatrists who continue working at the clinical site, with some minor modifications to their schedule to allow for supervision.

Finally, the Integrated Health Team (IHT), a leadership group of experienced PNPs and psychiatrists working at Jewish Board headquarters, directs the residency program. The IHT will provide overarching and individualized guidance, supervision and consultation to residents, preceptors, mentors and program directors and other staff, with regular feedback, evaluations and discussions between all parties.

What is telepsychiatry?

Residents provide care in both traditional, in-person settings, and through our telepsychiatry program, where providers meet with clients via internet-based audiovisual programs. Our telepsychiatry program has been operating since February 2019 with very positive feedback from our clients, so much so that telepsychiatry has expanded from one to five programs as of March 2020. Our 2019-2020 residents continue to provide care via telepsychiatry and have enjoyed this experience. Telepsychiatry is considered safe and effective. For example, the American Psychiatric Association fully supports it.

What kind of clients does The Jewish Board serve?

There is no one type of client we serve in our network of mental health clinics across the five boroughs. We work with very young children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our clients are of every culture, race, sexual identity, gender identity, and cognitive ability. This diversity helps make your experience in our PNP Residency program both challenging and immensely rewarding.