The BHT/S is a member of the interdisciplinary team who assists in total client care through implementation of appropriate therapeutic approaches and related nursing functions within the therapeutic environment. The BHT/S provides direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse, facilitating a therapeutic and safe milieu by appropriate interaction with clients and ensuring the proper level of resident supervision is maintained. Primary responsibilities include recording patient vital signs, assisting with head to toe assessments and proper clinical documentation, maintaining all patient health data and records, running therapeutic group sessions, maintaining a safe and therapeutic milieu including crisis intervention and performing Q15 observation rounds while working within the ethical boundaries of the field. Additional tasks include intervening therapeutically to suicidal gesture, assault behavior, elopement attempts or inappropriate behavior, communicating intervention to Charge Nurse, assisting the proper handling of emergencies of the unit and hospital, assisting with client admission, and participating in planning and organizing the daily activities of the unit program. The BHT/S also assists with orienting new personnel, as assigned and accepts reassignments to other units, when necessary.::
JOB SPECIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Education: High school diploma/GED required. BA or BS Degree in a related mental health field is preferred.
Experience: Previous experience working with behavioral health patients, children, adolescents, and/or special needs population strongly preferred. One (1) year experience in a mental health setting preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Successful completion of CPR certification, age-specific training and the current patient aggression management training, including appropriate use of Seclusion and Restraint, within 90 days of employment.
Knowledge/Skills: Knowledge of general and psychiatric nursing processes, therapeutic relationships and processes, age specific growth and development, limit setting, crisis and behavior management, restraint and seclusion procedures and criteria and CPR training. Ability to work with clients that have poor social skills, suffer from substance abuse and a variety of mental illnesses. Knowledge of DCFS mandated reporting requirements. Demonstrated flexibility for reassignment to units providing care to varied populations including children, adolescents, and adults. Effective oral and written communication skills. Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines. Must be a self-starter and goal/results-oriented. Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information. Strong customer service skills to external and internal customers. Ability to adhere to safety policies and code procedures react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures. Ability to work in a fast paced environment. Ability to recommend/take corrective courses of action that would improve the functioning of the department’s systems.
Medication Therapy Management