Psychiatric Nursing Asst I (MH Services)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Harlingen, TX

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Psychiatric Nursing Asst I

The psychiatric nurse assistant performs entry level in establishing and maintaining an environment that is therapeutic and developmental for persons with mental illness, mental retardation, chemical dependency, social and/ or physical disorders in the Mental Health and/ or Mental Retardation Units. Performs direct patient care work helping those who are inpatient in their habilitation or rehabilitation efforts. Keeps environment clean. Assists with treatment programs and other therapies as directed. Assists with development of safety, social, hygiene, self-care and interactional skills. Converses with patients/residents to reinforce positive behaviors and to promote social interaction. Maintains a positive attitude, meets applicable external standards, ie., JCAHO, ICF/IID, etc…May restrain disruptive patients to prevent injury to themselves and others. Performs duties in accordance with established policies, practices and procedures. Will work under the supervision of the Charge Nurse. The job requires the individual to work indoors inside a well-lighted, air conditioned climate controlled building. Work is also done outside and depending on the weather, may be hot, cold, dusty, wet and humid. The job hazard are walking on slippery/uneven surfaces when outdoors and potential for patient-induced bodily injury. The work hours are long and irregular, may require working different shifts to include overtime.

Essential Job Functions:
EJF 1. Observes the patient at all times and reports to charge nurse and records on the patient’s medical record the patient’s progress, and any noted physical, emotional or other mental changes or problems. 15% EJF 2. Relates positively to patients in a therapeutic manner. Able to establish interpersonal relationship which foster recovery and treatment goal achievement, so that the patient’s treatment and recovery are supported and successful. 5% EJF 3. Assists with the patient treatment programs, patient therapies and records these activities on the patient’s medical record. 5% EJF 4. Implements special precautions as ordered and explains and documents rights restrictions and implements restraint/seclusion procedures according to departmental policy to maintain patient safety, protect the patient from causing harm to self and/or others and uphold patient rights. 5% EJF 5. Able to account for assigned patient’s location. 10% EJF 6. Attends mandatory training in order to ensure staff competence and development. Attends and participates in on-going inservice and other education and training programs appropriate to the population/age group in order to meet the physical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of patients. 5% EJF 7. Utilizes therapeutic communication skills in interactions with patients in various age groups in a caring, respectful manner in order to promote the healing process and return of the patient to the least restrictive environment. 5% EJF 8. Identifies escalating behaviors, intervenes to protect patients, others, or property. 5% EJF 9. Works toward the common goal of improving the lives of the individuals we serve, which includes assisting with their routine self-help skills. 10% EJF 10. Complies with supervisory requests to work overtime as patient care need indicates to ensure patient and staff safety and enhance overall services provided by RGSC. 5% EJF 11. Will observe, promote and obey the safety rules applicable to all aspects of facility and department operations as described, (or referenced, in the Safety Management Program SOP 300-41) to ensure no injuries occur to self, other staff, consumers and visitors due to the failure to follow facility standards. 5% EJF 12. Demonstrates performance of special treatment procedures (1:1, Q 15 minute checks, seclusion, body search, unit search, AMA discharges, request for discharge, passes, trail placement, elopement risk, special precautions) and other facility policies and procedures. 5% EJF 13. Complies with all facility Continuous Quality Improvement programs (JCAHO, ICF/MR, Medicare, ADA, etc.) supporting positive growth in operations which are performed under applicable regulations. 5% EJF 14. Performs a variety of marginal duties not listed and to be determined and assigned as needed, to maintain optimal patient care and facility operations. 10% EJF 15. Employee actively participates and/or serve in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations(COOP) activation. 5%

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
• Ability to read, write, communicate effectively both orally and in writing • Ability to drive state vehicle safely and maintain eligibility as evidenced by an acceptable driving record • Ability to learn and perform job duties and ability to always continue learning to increase skills and adapt to change • Ability to learn and assist with patient treatment recovery programs • Ability to get along adequately with difficult people • Ability to assist supervisors with a positive proactive approach • Ability to train/teach skills to others, formally and on the job • Occasionally (up to 33% of the work day) lift and /or carry up to 100 pounds of weight with frequent (up to 66% of the work day) lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds of weight • Speak clearly to communicate to other persons over a communication system and /or in person

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation or GED. Minimum of eight grade reading comprehension level as evidence by score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE) test. In addition to the abilities, preparations, traits, etc., listed are trainings and/or certifications, which must be successfully completed/obtained prior to rendering patient care and must maintain current for continued employment. These are conducted during New Employee Orientation (NEO), during the probationary phase of employment, as well as on going periodic trainings. Trainings include: General knowledge of Mental Health Disorders, Mental Illness, Prevention & Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB) certification, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support (CPR) certification, Suicide Prevention, Red Cross First Aide Certification, Observation, and Documentation skills, Medication Observation, Multi-disciplinary treatment planning, Seizure training, Client Abuse and Neglect reporting, Rights of Patients, HIV/Aids training, Infection Control/Universal Precautions training, and Patient therapeutic treatment programs. Completion of training as required by program within probationary period (6 months) including cross training on MR. Units. Acquire a working knowledge of Mental Health or Mental Retardation Code; TDSHS Departmental Rules; Standard Operating Procedures (RGSC); Core Manuals (Environmental of Care, Administrative, Human Resources Management and Information Management); Infection Control Manual (Standard Precautions); Continuous Quality Improvement; Emergency Preparedness Procedures; and Positive Performance Program. Must demonstrate competency in all aspects of Mental Health Workers core competencies

Initial Selection Criteria:
Must have experience with patients in mental health. Must be familiar with direct patient care. Must be familiar with restraints, seclusions, and monitor behavior of subordinates to ensure alert, courteous, and professional behavior toward patients. Must have ability to read and write with a minimum of eight grade reading comprehension as evidenced by passing the Able test with a score of 40 or more or one semester (12 semester hours)of accredited college work.

Additional Information:
All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, Department of Public Safety criminal background check, and client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS). Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks, if selected for employment, all applicants are subject to an FBI fingerprinting per Senate Bill 643, which was passed during the 81st Texas Legislature Session. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individual s with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the AccessHR service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. Job Requisition #226812

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