Therapeutic Program Worker, Psychiatry

Job Description

Location: UC Medical Center
Department: Psych Emergency Services
Hours: Part Time | 24hrs/week
Shift: Day/Evening

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The Psychiatric Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW), in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, is responsible for maintaining a therapeutic milieu and a safe environment for all psychiatric patients on the unit. As a member of the patient care team, the TPW performs selected duties under the direction of the Registered Nurse, to ensure quality patient care.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY)

Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious/cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect. Establish a therapeutic milieu and provide a safe environment for all psychiatric patients. The Psychiatric Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW), in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, is responsible for maintaining a therapeutic milieu and a safe environment for all psychiatric patients on the unit. As a member of the patient care team, the TPW performs selected duties under the direction of the Registered Nurse, to ensure quality patient care and staff. This includes monitoring the unit for safety at all times, maintaining a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, managing patient's behavior, preparing room for patient's arrival, orienting patients to the unit, checking belongings for hazardous objects or weapons, securing all belongings in designated areas, provide routine bed checks and secure areas.

Provide clinical duties as directed by Registered Nurse. These assignments may include but are not limited to:
  • NIPPAS for vital signs and daily weights, phlebotomy, EKG, finger sticks, assistance with feedings, personal hygiene/grooming, ADL's, collecting meal trays and returning to dietary, clean dining area, provide clean linen and dispose of soiled linen, and assist with inventory control and distribution of supplies and equipment in the clinical areas and hallways.
  • Co-lead treatment groups, i.e., Goals Group, Exercise Group, etc. Participate, organize and direct social and therapeutic leisure time activities, i.e., Bingo, card playing, chess and activities in the Recreation Room. Observe individual behaviors and group interactions and report any major change in patient's behavior and/or medical condition to the RN.
  • Initiate basic psychiatric interventions and provide appropriate redirection as needed. Uses age appropriate communication skills. Provide non-punitive limit setting, appropriate modeling and reinforcement as needed to meet the patient's emotional needs. Assist in physical crisis management as needed and/or assigned.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities. Attend staff meetings, in-service sessions, and crisis intervention programs. Performs other duties as delegated or directed by RN, Clinical Manager or Nursing Supervisor.
  • Transport patients to X-ray, EEG, MRI, clinic appointments, etc.


Qualifications

Education: High school diploma or GED, required.

License and Certification:

STNA certification preferred or college-level coursework in nursing/psychiatry/social work.

Years of Experience:

Six months direct patient care experience in psychiatric setting or equivalent college-level coursework in nursing/psychology/social work (required). Specialized training in phlebotomy, vitals signs, and assistance with activities of daily living experience (preferred).

Required Skills and Knowledge:

Must be able to demonstrate full range of motion in reaching, bending and stooping. An understanding of psychiatric diagnosis and mental retardation/developmental disabilities is desired. Must have excellent communication skills; sensitivity to the needs of patients/families; and the ability to maintain a safe environment.