The Mental Health Specialist provides direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Primary responsibilities include the provision of a safe and therapeutic milieu, crisis intervention and activities of daily living.
Education: High School diploma or GED required accompanied with related psychiatric experience preferred. Associates Degree accepted along with comparable experience preferred.
Experience: One-year experience working within the mental health field preferred, or an equivalent amount of college-accredited school work or internship experience preferred.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or related field strongly preferred.
Experience: One-year of experience working within an inpatient psychiatric hospital with children, adolescents and adults. Prior experience with utilizing crisis intervention verbal and physical techniques. Experience conducting group therapy sessions, performing vital signs and documenting nursing progress notes.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The Essential Job Functions are defined as the fundamental job-related duties that are necessary to the position. An employee is deemed qualified for this position if he or she can perform the following duties with or without accommodations:
-Perform all crisis intervention techniques (verbal and physical) and respond to code situations
-Monitor and ensure patient safety at all times via continuous Q15 minute rounding
-Ability to therapeutically communicate with patients
-Ability to recognize and communicate the physical and psychological status of the patients under their care
-Assist patient with Activities of Daily Living when necessary
NONESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
-Maintain a clean work setting and milieu
-Assist in the transporting of patients to and from the hospital when needed
-Performing vital signs on patients
-Perform other duties as assigned.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
-Positive therapeutic relationships and interventions with patients
-Service Excellence with all customers
-Ability to use least restrictive measures
-Clear and concise documentation
-Adherence to Hospital Attendance policies
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
Environmental Conditions: Exposure to psychiatric patients who may exhibit violent/aggressive behavior. Potential for exposure to communicable diseases, blood/body fluids and other hazardous waste. General hospital environment.
Physical Demands: Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Physical agility to manage patients during physical interventions. Push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds. Intermittent sitting; prolonged standing, walking, bending and stooping. Ability to perform visual and auditory observation of patients. Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen.
-90 Day performance evaluation
-Annual Performance Appraisal
-Ongoing support from supervisor
Supervision Exercised: None
Line of Promotion: Program Specialist
Job Classification: Non-Exempt; Hours vary based on staffing needs and include day, evening, night and weekend shifts.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to demonstrate competency in the criteria listed in this job description. The specifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability to meet the minimum requirements for this position. Staff must demonstrate flexibility for reassignment to units providing care to varied populations including children, adolescents, and adults. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The Mental Health Specialist will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by the Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager or Program Specialist.