Mental Health Technician, Oregon - February 6, 2017
This is a good entry level position for a student to get experience while going to school and if you get full time status priority is made for students via scheduling. Tuition Reimbursement is only one thousand a year though. Pay is not competitive for the area and often lower than other facilities. Restraint trainings are provided once yearly but the skill set is not practiced throughout the year making dangerous situations for employees who do not do frequent enough take downs. Infection control is not always a priority as sometimes patients are admitted and not thoroughly evaluated due to high patient turnover rates. employees are exposed to MRSA on dirty chairs and surfaces that patients have utilized, lice, bed bugs and scabies. similar to most health care facilities except that. Policies and procedures regarding how these are to be handled are not always followed. Work load is extremely high per employee, partially because of high employee turnover rate and the company Is still running on a paper system which slows all documentation. There are very few long term employees left working for the nursing department which make shifts difficult. new employs are still learning their duties on busy psychiatric floors. This is a great job if you are looking to gain experience., but if you have experience I would look else where. There is some new management that have been making some streamlined type changes but I fear they are fighting an uphill battle as they are always short handed and their work load is to large to handle per employee hired.