Advanced Practice Nurses 
                   of New Jersey


Job Op: Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties (greater Morristown, West Orange, Livingston, Wayne areas)

October 26, 2023 1:07 PM | Suzanne Drake (Administrator)

Due to continued growth and expansion, we are actively recruiting a new addition to our outstanding team.

Duties are primarily located in:  Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties (greater Morristown, West Orange, Livingston, Wayne areas) 

Pelorus Elder & Behavioral Health is currently recruiting:

  • To add one part-time or full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to join our thriving private practice, including 3 Psychiatrists and 30+ Psychiatric NP’s. 
  • Family Medicine and Geriatric Nurse Practitioners are also welcome to appl
  • New graduates are welcome to apply
  • Seeking candidate for a minimum of 3 days/week.  


Part-time / Full-time position:

Duties are primarily located in Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties (greater Morristown, West Orange, Livingston, Wayne areas) 

The successful candidate will be responsible for initial and follow-up Psychiatric consults in select assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Daily patient encounters will be approximately between 11 to 16, depending on the mix of initial vs. follow-up services.   Only light clinical documentation is required - just initial and follow-up progress notes.  We use streamlined, one page note templates which facilitate an efficient workflow.  There is minimal bureaucracy or busy-work: no “H&P’s”, no “discharge summaries”, no “treatment plans”, no “team rounds”.     

All of our clinicians perform the exact same duties, so together we have refined our processes to be as efficient and pleasant as possible.  There are no hospital-based services, no admissions, no discharges, minimal administrative responsibilities beyond the described clinical documentation, and billing submission.

Participation in our telephone-based on-call schedule will consist of about 1 weeknight in 14 and less than one weekend/month.  Call is via phone only.  There are no on-call rounds, no admissions (or admission orders), no discharges (or discharge orders).   Phone calls during on-call shift are infrequent: during most on-call shifts, there are zero phone calls received.

Daily work schedule is flexible, position affords much autonomy/independence – but at the same time, support and assistance is always available to you from our three psychiatrists and colleagues.  

Experience prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. 

Compensation:   We offer very competitive compensation – salary from $135,000 and upward (based on experience/resume), prorated for part time schedule, with annual increases, and available productivity bonuses, malpractice coverage, as well as the option of full health benefits (including dental and vision) and a retirement plan for full time employees, 4 weeks PTO, 3 CME days with stipend and/or reimbursement for license renewals, and national Holidays off.  

About Pelorus:

Established in 2009, Pelorus is the full time private practice of Dr. Matthew Barnas - board certified in Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry.  Dr. Barnas completed his Geriatric training at Yale University, his TMS training at Duke University.  He was the Chief Resident at New Jersey Medical School prior to that.  Some of his past positions include being the Associate Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Overlook Medical Center, Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at Runnells Specialized Hospital, and Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the East Orange V.A.

Dr. Unnati Patel is board certified in Adult Psychiatry.  She joined Pelorus in 2014, after being the Director of the Psychiatry Consultation service at RWJ Somerset Medical Center for 5 years.  Prior to that she was the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Deborah Ocasio is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and also completed her training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, the same program as Dr. Barnas and Dr. Patel.  Prior to joining Pelorus, Dr Ocasio was an attending on the consultation and inpatient Psychiatry services at Morristown Medical Center.  Prior to that, she was the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School.

We are a very strong, successful, and continually expanding group.  You will have the full support of 3 Psychiatrists, as well as the collegiality of our current NP’s and PA’s as well.  We are looking for the right candidate to join our team and share in our continued growth!

Drs. Barnas, Patel, and Ocasio will all serve as Collaborating Physicians.

Direct Contact Information:
To apply, contact Dr. Barnas:

Office: 908-722-4122




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