Psychiatric Technician - REGULAR & EXTRA HELP
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (LPT) to fill one part-time regular (.5 Full Time Equivalent) and multiple extra help vacancies in the Behavioral Health Division’s Jail Mental Health (in-custody) Program. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of this list. The Psychiatric Technician performs routine and technical paraprofessional nursing care for behavioral health care consumers receiving services in the Behavioral Health Division. They possess good professional boundaries related to access to sensitive medical information, and adhere to state and federal requirements such as HIPPA and other regulations.

The ideal candidate will:
Be a Licensed Psychiatric Technician with specific experience in a custody or acute mental health in-patient setting with adult clients.

Possess 1-2 years experience in an institutional setting providing medication support services under the direction of MD orders, preparing and dispensing medications, monitoring and assessing for medications effects and side effects, and maintaining medication inventory.

Have the ability to work within protocols focused on safety, security, and confidentiality, while functioning within the prescribed scope of practice of the LPT .

Have the ability to work non-traditional hours such as evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Have experience working with an interdisciplinary team in an institutional setting. EXTRA-HELP EMPLOYMENT
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education & Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, some experience dealing with mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients would provide such opportunity.

License : Possession of a current California license as a Psychiatric Technician. Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Good Knowledge Of : paraprofessional psychiatric nursing theory and practice, hospital rules, regulations and procedures.

Knowledge Of : standard practices used in caring for the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; California laws governing treatment of involuntary patients; the effects and possible side effects of the major psychoactive drugs; the methods and techniques of physical and chemical restraints; the principles and techniques of individual and group counseling.

Ability To: provide routine, paraprofessional psychiatric nursing care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; observe and record patients' physical status and mental behavior; exercise patience and some initiative and judgment in recognizing symptoms indicative of adverse patient reactions; follow oral and written directions of a technical and professional nature in exact detail; maintain and interpret nursing records and reports; deal effectively with emergency situations; administer treatment plans and medications under direction; develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed patients; deal with patients and their families sympathetically and tactfully; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other departmental staff and representatives of other agencies; prepare, interpret and maintain accurate nursing records and reports; apply a reasonable degree of exertion occasionally in restraining overactive patients; stand and walk for long periods, work under psychological and physical strain and lift or move heavy objects on a regular basis.

Selection Procedure:
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification. For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass), and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination . Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.

Additional Information : A background investigation will be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.

How to Apply : Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will nto be accepted.

The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
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