• Mental Health Technician - Psychiatric Services

    Job Locations US-FL-Daytona Beach
    Department
    Psychiatric ED
    Position Status
    Full-Time
    Shift
    Nights/3rd
    Requisition Number
    2017-2209
  • Overview

    Halifax Health is seeking a Mental Health Technician for the Psychiatric Services Department.

    Summary

    The Mental Health Technician is a para-professional healthcare employee who provides direct patient care and observation to adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.

    Job Qualifications

    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
    • Paramedic/EMT/CNA or 2nd Year RN Student and BLS required.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related degree in a mental health field preferred.

    • One year experience working as a CNA/Paramedic/EMT preferred.

    • Some experience working with Mental Health clients preferred.

       

    Job Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provides continuous patient care, direct observation/supervision, interaction and positive role modeling to the child, adolescent, adult or geriatric patient in a manner that promotes safety and therapeutic treatment
    • Works with other members of a multi-disciplinary team in facilitating milieu activities such as community meetings, goals, groups and recreational activities as appropriate to the specified patient population
    • Assist patients with activities of daily living (ADL)
    • Ability to respond to patients with empathy and with positive interpersonal skills
    • Recognizes potential escalation of behavior and has the ability to use appropriate and effective de-escalation skills
    • Ability to react calmly and therapeutically in a crisis situation
    • Knowledge of potential risks and safety precautions in the care of mental health patients including conducting observation checks according to policy and procedure
    • Reports patient status, issues, concerns and behavioral changes of the patient to the RN
    • Maintains patient confidentiality and is compliant with HIPAA requirements
    • Serves as a role model providing structure and guidance to patients in positive ways
    • Exhibits organizational ability, sound judgment and initiative
    • Interacts positively and effectively with patient, family members and other members of the multidisciplinary team
    • Attends staff meetings, trainings, in-service presentations and completes all mandatory education requirements
    • Follows policy and procedures and all regulatory agencies requirements related to use of seclusion and/or restraint
    • Compliant with assigned schedule and time and attendance policy
    • Performs other duties as assigned or directed

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