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Mental Health Technician (All Shifts)
Acadia-Healthcare • Campbell, CA
Posted 17 days ago
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- Under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, provides direct patient care to patients as assigned.
- Maintains a safe and efficient working and treatment environment per facility policies and procedures.
- Communicates effectively with the treatment team to ensure safe, quality care is provided to all patients.
QUALIFICATIONSEDUCATIONHigh School Diploma or equivalent.
LICENSESCPI/ CPR Certified per policy. EXPERIENCEOne year acute inpatient with psychiatric care experience preferred. Qualified bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.ERGONOMICS / WORKING CONDITIONS% TIME SITTING15% (facilitating groups, medical record documentation, telephone coverage). % TIME STANDING35% (direct patient care, patient observations, milieu observation). % TIME WALKING50% (direct patient care, patient observations, environmental/safety rounds). % TIME BENDINGUp to 50% (direct patient care, access files and supplies). WEIGHT LIFTED/CARRIED65 pounds or more (direct patient care, supplies, equipment). HANDSAbility to: provide direct patient care; assist with activities of daily living including ambulation, transfers, grooming and toileting; use medical equipment; perform physical interventions; document clearly in the medical record; use the fax, telephone, computer keyboard and security door key pad or keys. VISIONAbility to: effectively read, write and process information accurately; input/retrieve information to/from the computer, fax, phone, patient records and from regulatory and licensing materials; see objects and persons near and at a distance. HEARINGAbility to: communicate effectively with others; give, take and process information; use the telephone extensively; hear patients and staff on the unit so response can be timely and appropriate to needs; hear alarms or other sounds that may indicate a safety concern.WORKING CONDITIONSExposure to: infection from disease-bearing specimens; blood-borne pathogens, body fluids and wastes; chemotherapeutic agents; occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or departmental elements; occasionally subjected to irregular or prolonged hours; occasional exposure to high risk behaviors from patients or visitors that may result in agitation, aggression or violence; exposure to critical incidents and sentinel events.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Carry out all aspects of patient care and other assignments as directed by the Charge Nurse.
- Observe whether specialized services may be needed and communicate to the Charge Nurse/RN.
- Perform ongoing observation of the patients and milieu to ensure active treatment is provided and patients are participating.
- Respond appropriately and timely to patient requests.
- Report changes in patients condition or behavior to the Charge Nurse/RN, including agitation, high-risk behaviors, changes in vital signs, and eating, sleeping, and toileting patterns
- Intervene appropriately with patients experiencing a behavioral crisis situation, i.e., suicidal, threatening behavior, elopement and/or other situations, using approved interventions.
- Initiate and/or participate in provision of emergency medical care when indicated.
- Provide support and direct assistance to patients who are unable to attend to their activities of daily living by assisting them with meals, daily grooming, ambulation and toileting as needed.
- Participate with the treatment team in implementation of the individualized plan of care. Report factors that may impede successful accomplishment of the treatment plan to the Charge Nurse/RN.
- Provide patient educational information for identified learning needs.
- Facilitate educational/activity groups as assigned or when indicated using approved materials. Recommend alternative activities based on patient functioning level and treatment plan.
- Ensure compliance with infection control protocols and/or policies by patients, visitors, and staff.
- Review assignment sheet and facility designated communication tools each shift, i.e. communication log, bulletin boards, etc.
- Facilitate a therapeutic and safe environment.
- Remain on-duty until coverage for subsequent shift arrives on unit and has received verbal report.
- Ensure all patient valuables retained at the hospital during inpatient stay are recorded and stored per policy.
- Ensure patients are discharged with all personal belongings, medications, prescriptions, discharge, and referral information.
- Perform environmental and safety rounds and complete environmental check sheet as assigned. Take action to mitigate risk and report identified problems to the Charge Nurse/RN.
- Comply with National Patient Safety Goals and provide immediate feedback if non-compliance is identified.
- Interact with patients, family members, external entities and internal staff professionally and respectfully.
- Work collaboratively with all treatment team members to create a treatment environment that supports the facility’s mission to provide exemplary patient care and customer service.
- Act to preserve patient and family dignity and safety.
- Documentation for medical records and reports is timely, legible, thorough, and in required format.
- Document as required including patient observations/activity, patient education and incident reports.