Mental Health Spec (Prn)

Job Description

This position provides direct care to patients under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN). Delivers assigned, delegated, direct care consistent with the individualized treatment plan. Performs routine care consistent with established standards policies and procedures. Maintains a safe and therapeutic treatment environment.

Responsibilities

Collects & reports health data
  • Gathers objective data & observations about the patient
  • Differentiates between normal & abnormal observations
  • Reports changes in patient status or abnormal findings to RN

Implements established plan of care for each patient
  • Understands the plan of care for each assigned patient
  • Completes interventions identified on the plan of care

Delivers delegated aspects of direct care
  • Provides care based on the established treatment plan
  • Involves patient & involved others in the care process
  • Conducts designated groups within the program based on the curriculum
  • Engages in individual & purposeful interactions with patients & involved others
  • Assists patients with physical cares as needed
  • Completes vital signs, weights, & EKG strips

Monitors patient & environmental safety continuously
  • Rounds on patients at the designated times
  • Maintains a calm, healing environment
  • Checks belongings for restricted items; secure dangerous objects
  • Reviews environment during rounds; ensuring integrity

Documents in the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Completes nursing shift summary on assigned patients
  • Reflects individual patient's progress towards treatment goals
  • Articulates interventions utilized and responses to the interventions
  • Notes are factual and concise
  • Obtains RN co-signature for EMR notes

Demonstrates understanding of current therapeutic techniques
  • Continuously participates in learning opportunities to expand inventory of intervention options
  • Applies learning & experience to patient care

Effectively responds to escalating behavior
  • Observes patients for risk of aggressive behavior
  • Demonstrates an ability to identify early changes in behavior that indicate escalation
  • Engages with patients who are exhibiting early behavioral changes
  • Applies alternatives to physical intervention
  • When physical intervention becomes necessary, implements appropriately

Provides information to patients & families
  • Presents information to patients & involved others utilizing age specific principles
  • Reviews comprehension of information

Facilitates customer satisfaction
  • Identifies issues of customer service
  • Acts to resolve customer service issues within available options
  • Refers complex & unresolved issues to the charge nurse or manager

Initiates emergency action when indicated
  • Identifies emergency situations occurring on the patient care unit
  • Responds to the emergency situation with immediate attention in a controlled & skilled manner

Participates in the continuous improvement of the organization through the quality improvement process
  • Completes monitors for assigned indicators
  • Reports any actual or potential situation that impacts patient safety
  • Implements actions that result in continuous improvement of quality & compliance
  • Participates in the organization wide quality measures


Qualifications

  1. Bachelors' Degree in Psychology, Social Work, related field with 6 months of mental health experience required or
  2. Associates Degree in Mental Health Technology with three years of Mental Health experience required or
  3. Six years of Mental Health experience.
  4. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age- specific and developmentally appropriate care for the spectrum of populations admitted to LCOH.
  5. Ability to enthusiastically follow and model the Lindner Center of HOPE mission, vision and values.


Physical Requirements:

To effectively care for patients, candidates must be able to push, pull and lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis, and be able to stand or walk about 90% of a work shift. Must be able to see, talk, and hear coworkers, patients, and others.