Mental Health Worker (MHW)-Psychology department-full time-day shifts-every other weekend required
Mental Health Worker (MHW), Psychology Department, 40 hours per week, day shifts, every other weekend required.
I. Position Function:
Under the direction of the Patient Care Director of his/her Registered Nurse designee, the Mental Health Worker (MHW) performs a variety of duties related to the clinical care of psychiatric patients.
II. Job Relationships:
Supervised by and/or reportable to the following by job category:
- Patient Care Director and his/her Registered Nurse designee.
- Routinely interacts and collaborates with members of the psychiatric interdisciplinary
- Treatment team including nurses, medical staff, social workers, and OT and RT. staff.
IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
- Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers, and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards.
- Participates in patient admission and discharge process by performing the following duties:
- Accurately obtains and records admission vital signs, height and weight, and documents these on the Nursing Assessment Form.
- Records and processes patient belongings and valuables on admission and at discharge.
- Orients patients to the physical layout of the unit, milieu staff, unit rules, schedules and
- Patient’s rights, and documents this on the Nursing Assessment form.
- Participates in implementing the interdisciplinary treatment plan for individual patients by performing the following duties:
- Accurately monitors, reports, and documents routine vital signs as assigned.
- Accurately monitors, reports and documents patient intake and output as assigned.
- Assists with the collection of routine specimens.
- Assists in all aspects of basic nursing care utilizing, i.e., bed-making, patient transfers with knowledge of proper body mechanics.
- Assists patients as needed with activities of daily living (ADLs) including eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, ambulating and all aspects of personal hygiene and care.
- Assists and monitors patient's adherence to pre and post-test protocols and ECT procedures as determined by the Registered Nurse.
- Escorts patients to and from unit for tests and activities as needed.
- Performs and documents patient safety checks at scheduled intervals per assignment.
- Performs 1:1 observation for high risk patients as assigned.
- Participates in limit setting with patients and other de-escalation techniques.
- Assists in a team approach to provide physical control of patients in a crisis situation, including assisting with implementation of restraints and/or seclusion.
- Assists in medical emergencies as directed.
- Monitors and promptly communicates all observations or information relative to patient's safety or clinical status or treatment to Patient Care Director or his/her Registered Nurse designee and documents information as needed in Progress Notes.
- Prepares daily patient related information sheets as assigned.
- Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning meetings and patient conferences by sharing patient related observations/information.
- May co-lead community meeting and therapeutic groups for patients as designated by the Patient Care Director.
- Participates in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment on the unit by the following:
- Monitors the overall milieu per assignment and reports any patient or environmental issues which might impact on patient care or patient/staff safety.
- Maintains proper professional demeanor with patients, families, visitors, and co-workers.
- Utilizes principles of Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) in managing high risk situations.
- Assists in maintaining cleanliness, sanitation and orderliness of unit.
- Is dependable and punctual in reporting to work.
B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:
- Functions as a resource person for orienting staff, students, visitors and families.
- Assists with answering unit phone and monitoring access to the unit when needed.
- Performs related duties as needed.
V. Reporting Requirements:
- Reports immediately to the Patient Care Director or his/her Registered Nurse designee, the following:
- Any unusual occurrence related to patients, staff, self, or visitor.
- Any change or question of change in a patient's clinical condition.
- Incidents and/or breaches in quality of care.
- Incidents and/or breaches in patient's civil rights.
- Observations related to environmental safety or equipment maintenance or development of a potential crisis situation.
The Mental Health Worker shall be accountable for the following:
- Maintains the confidentiality and security of all Medical Center-related, staff-related, and patient-related data and information.
- Abides by all Nursing and Department of Psychiatry policies and procedures.
- Abides by all relevant Medical Center policies and procedures, including infection control.
- Keeps informed of each patient's physical, mental, legal status, assigned observation and privilege level and daily nursing care plan.
- Keeps proper patient identification by requesting patient name and checking ID bands
- Consistently when interacting with milieu.
- Facilitates fiscal control by an awareness of cost control efforts.
- Continues maintenance and develops skill level in patient care through attendance at
- In-service education and clinical supervision.
- High school diploma; additional college education preferred.
- 1-2 years' nursing assistent, ER tech, or mental health worker experience required, and/or enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychology, social work, or human service-related Bachelor program
- Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to competently interact with patients and interdisciplinary professional team.
- Ability to identify patient behaviors requiring intervention.
- Ability to manage the stress and pace of an acute psychiatric setting.
- Ability to perform basic physical care.
- CPI training within the first six months required
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