Mental Health Worker - Full Time

High school diploma or equivalent, one (1) year experience in mental health setting. Motivated to be directly involved with patients. Effective verbal and written communication in English. BCLS required. Management Assaultive Behavior (MAB) is required within 90 days of hire.
Provide direct programmatic nursing care to patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Assumes responsibility for completing all assigned duties. Works cooperatively with treatment team personnel in the clinical setting.
Occasional sitting for long periods of time. Frequent walking, standing, bending and reaching. Occasional lifting with assistance up to 250 pounds. Frequent pulling and pushing up to 100 pounds. Corrected vision and hearing to a normal range. Finger dexterity. Constant exposure to stressful situation. Constant patient contact.

Frequent exposure to noise. Occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke and fumes. Occasional exposure to cold, heat, chemicals and general cleaning chemicals. Rare exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Shift hours may vary dependent upon department needs to include weekends and holidays.

(All duties listed below are essential to the job.)

General Staff Accountabilities
Employee's conduct conforms to the Mission, Vision, Values, and Code of Conduct of College Hospital.
Values individual differences and demonstrates sensitivity to the cultural needs of others.
Respects the rights, privacy and property of others, and maintains strict confidentiality.
Effectively protects all health information from unauthorized access per HIPAA regulations and all applicable local and state laws.
Maintains required certification/license in a timely fashion.
Exhibits good attendance and punctuality.
Provides appropriate notice prior to vacation/time off and notifies supervisor a minimum of two hours prior to shift when unable to come to work.
Observes allotted break and meal periods as prescribed by Hospital Policy and follows time card procedures by accurately writing in and out.
Attends to personal affairs to avoid any interference with productivity.
Adheres to the Dress Code.
Demonstrates an understanding of their personal role in the case of fire/disaster and participates in Performance Improvement activities.
Functions with an awareness of patient safety issues and applies basic principles of safety as identified within the facility.
Follows the occurrence reporting policy and procedure in reporting any potential safety issues.

Job Specific Accountabilities
Maintain continued awareness of patient activities, needs, and changes in these and responds appropriately and reports observations to the Registered Nurse.
Demonstrates technical competence in the following:
1.) Measurement and documentation of vital signs, weight, food and fluid intake, output.
2.) Bathing, grooming, dressing patients & ADLS.
Effectively utilizes verbal de-escalation as the preferred means of reducing patient agitation.
Takes direction from licensed nursing staff in emergency situations in a timely manner.
Seeks supervisory guidance on a regular basis and is able to incorporate feedback into clinical performance.
Demonstrates effective communication methods and skills, using lines or authority appropriately.
Effectively monitors all patients for evidence of danger to self or others and reports immediately any issues to Registered Nurse.
Practices impeccable close observation techniques, i.e., every 15 minutes checks.
Remains flexible in responding to unit needs regarding schedules and resolution of staffing conflicts.
Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to patient's rights.
Keeps self informed of content of staff meetings, new policies, and other significant information.
Escorts patients to off-site appointments/court hearings adhering to 1:1 guidelines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Customer Service
Exhibits behavior that is courteous, compassionate, polite, friendly, and respectful towards patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers and extends self to make patients, visitors, clinical staff, and peers feel welcome and respected.

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