Mental Health Associate-Float
Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas - Benton, AR

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Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services is a 77-bed acute care facility located in Benton, AR , has been providing quality health care to the residents of Arkansas since 1986. Rivendell provides and array of emotional and behavioral health services for adults, children and adolescents. Our multi-disciplinary treatment approach has created an environment for healing. Rivendell currently has an Mentaol Health Associate position available. The candidate selected will be responsible for the following:
  • Supervision of patients while on and off the unit, to include school, groups, activities, etc. Able to use a calm but assertive voice. Never belittles the patients or make fun of them in any manner.
  • Monitors for patient safety and reports pertinent information to Registered Nurse, Milieu Coordinator or charge nurse.
  • Manages the milieu by knowing and following the program, keeping the patients on schedule, running the milieu groups, and maintaining the integrity of the program.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency in age-specific criteria of the unit to which assignment is made.
  • Assists with activities of daily living as indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to immobility, safety, restraints, and decreased sensorium. Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify cues for assessment based on functioning level. Understands the specific unit programming and functioning level interventions to meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
    • Acute Care Unit (short term stays for ages 5 through 17)
      Understands the difference between age appropriate behaviors versus pathological behaviors in the patient population. Understands the uniqueness of the program tract and the focus on development status.
    • The Academy– long term care for ages 12 through 17 Assists with activities of daily living as developmentally indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to immobility, safety, emergency interventions, and decreased sensorium. Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify cues for assessment based on developmental theory. Understands the specific unit programming and developmentally sound interventions to meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
    • Adult Services: Understands the difference between age appropriate behaviors versus pathological behaviors in the patient population. Understands the uniqueness of the program tract and the focus on development status.
  • Maintains a safe therapeutic milieu by constant monitoring of patients and unit for dangerous situations and contraband.
  • Monitors patients on appropriate precautions in accordance with hospital policies.
  • Leads milieu groups, helps patients set daily goals, completes goal sheet scoring on an hourly basics. Aware of number of patients he/she should have under their care at all times, and where those patients are.
  • Helps patients identify their strengths and offers positive reinforcement as they practice using them. Able to set and enforce limits without being overbearing or threatening.
  • Monitors visitation, AA groups and answers patient and family questions about patient care.
  • Under supervision of a Registered Nurse or milieu coordinator, performs program related functions to ensure the program operates consistently as designed.
  • Participates in and documents special treatment procedures, progressive interventions and de-escalation of patients directly to the Registered Nurse.
  • Assists same sex staff in change of clothing searches, and room searches with the patient present.
  • Maintains mandatory hospital and department inservice requirements.
    Understands and maintains all safety observation levels and protocol for all patients. Completes precautions check sheets as assigned and knows how to transfer patients to the care of other staff.
  • Delivers personal items (sharps) to patient rooms as requested.
  • Assists in special treatment procedures.
  • Checks washer/dryers each shift and completes any washing that needs to be finished. Folds and puts away uniforms and puts clean patient clothing just inside patient room.
  • Files information in patient record as delegated.
  • Knows the correct procedure for answering the phone, always maintains confidentiality of patient as well as staff information.
Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum of GED or high school diploma. Miminum of two years in mental health setting. Must be able to pass a skills test.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Successful completion of a pre-employment test, Assessment of Care Effectiveness, is required.