The Psychiatric Technician (Psych Tech) provides emotional support to patients and families, under the direction of a Registered Nurse, licensed physician, or other specified healthcare professionals. This vital support role participates in patient care as a member of a coordinated multi-disciplinary treatment team. The Psychiatric Technician provides appropriate behavioral health care to assigned specialty age groups (geriatric, adult, adolescent and child) in accordance with established plan of care or treatment plan.
They maintain a safe, consistent and supportive environment by providing care in accordance with the multidisciplinary treatment plan using established behavioral interventions and programs to meet patient care needs.
Through the healing process the Psychiatric Technician can make a positive difference in a patient’s life.
Assists patients with daily living tasks, providing emotional support to patients and families. May conduct community meetings, interfacing with family, and lead diversionary activities.
Assists, performs and accurately documents delegated patient care procedures, treatments, observations, groups/education, etc. in designated areas, legibly and in a timely manner. May monitor patient vital signs and provide limited medical intervention under the directions of a healthcare professional.
Orients patients to the Behavioral Health unit or program, may inventory belongings, may give appropriate supplies and testing, and may transport patients to appropriate appointments, units or activities. May assist patient as appropriate in completion of patient history form.
Appropriately communicates patient information regarding: patient condition, patient history data and provides input on the implementation and / or changes to plan of care or discharge plan. Demonstrates effective interpersonal relations and communication skills with co-workers, patients, families, and other personnel involved with patient care. Reports changes in the patient's condition to the applicable clinical staff.
Maintains a safe, consistent and supportive milieu by providing care in accordance with the multidisciplinary treatment plan using established behavioral interventions and programs to meet patient care needs. Ensures that assigned areas are clean, straight and in compliance with fire and safety hazards before leaving at the end of each shift.
Maintains constant surveillance of assigned areas to ensure patient safety including visual patient checks, room checks and unit checks. May stock supplies and carry out general housekeeping tasks as assigned.
Participates in quality activities or duties, i.e. chart checks/audits, fridge temps, committees for improvement and other quality oriented tasks as assigned. Reports and addresses real or potential problems with quality and appropriateness of care through the use of event reports, or other appropriate means. Follows appropriate chain of command regarding issues in a timely manner.
Responsible for patient safety and the overall management of patient behavior on the behavioral health units. Has the ability to work with physically and mentally aggressive patients by anticipating and diffusing situations, which might lead to out of control behaviors. Performs appropriately in emergency situations. Responds efficiently and calmly, securing qualified assistance as needed.
Recognizes critical situations and identifies options to manage crisis using sound judgment and problem solving skills to prevent escalation of the situation or injury to client/staff. Strictly adheres to behavioral health policy standards regarding the use of seclusion and restraint
Completes all mandatory and required education assignments in a timely manner. Demonstrates clinical proficiency and competency for age groups served. Treats patients and families with care and respect. Maintains corporate/department standards regarding compliance and confidentiality.
May assist in mentoring and orientation of staff members and students. Takes initiative to improve the work environment and guide others to resolving problems/issues. Encourages accountability and professional growth. Integrates legal and ethical standards into practice and complies with regulatory standards. Provides accurate and timely documentation and understands the legal implications of care delivery. Serves as a patient rights advocate.
May be actively involved in the development and updating of treatment plans. May Assist in planning, implementing and facilitating various skills, relaxation, and psycho-educational groups using knowledge of group dynamics and organizational skills to achieve treatment plan goals.
Uses established plan of care to guide interventions and initiates interventions within scope of practice. Ensures documentation is accurate, thorough and based on the patient's treatment plan.
Entry Rate: $10.78
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Shift Details: Part time, 24 hours a week. This position will work evening hours and rotating weekends.
Department: Psychiatry Child/Adolescent - McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Institute
- This position requires verifiable current Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR certification. An original card must be verified prior to start date or the job offer will be withdrawn. For additional information regarding CPR requirements please visit our Job Requirements Page .
- Computer skills
- Current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification.
- MANDT certified (on the job patient de-escalation training) within six months of hire and annual competency training
- Must be capable of lifting or pushing weight of 50 pounds or more.
- Carrying, Hearing / Listening, Lifting, Manual Dexterity, Pulling / Pushing , Seeing, Sitting, Speaking, Squatting / Kneeling, Standing and Walking
- Experience working with psychiatric and/or chemically dependent patients.
- Experience working in a pediatric behavioral healthcare setting (Residential facilities).
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