This position provides a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients and assists with the provision of basic patient care needs.
Our PRN Psychiatric Technician will be scheduled every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm (24 hours/week).
Three (3) additional shifts are also required each month (scheduled on days, evenings, nights, or weekends, based on availability).
YA CAT Program Overview:
The Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) Program at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute is an elective service that offers a 4-8 week, comprehensive clinical evaluation for individuals of ages 18-30 in a residential environment with the capability of providing stabilization in a supervised setting, either before transitioning to the residential facility or if such stabilization is required following decompensation while at the residential facility.
Unlike an acute inpatient hospitalization, the duration of the YA CAT Program allows for the opportunity to conduct expansive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Such interventions include regular psychiatric and medical evaluation, psychological assessment, behavioral and educational/career/vocational assessment, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
The YA CAT Program utilizes a multi-disciplinary team of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurses, career/vocational specialist, expressive therapists (music, art, and recreation), psychiatric technicians, and dietitians.
The comprehensive nature of the assessment helps to provide diagnostic clarity and guide recommendations for future therapeutic modalities and treatment levels of care.
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- Assists with maintaining a safe and hazard free environment by observing and documenting patient behavior, conducting patient room searches, reporting unsafe conditions and applying appropriate emotional and physical support.
- Performs or assists with the admission of new patients by gathering routine information for nursing assessment, searches patients and belongings for contraband, documents belongings and other appropriate information.
- Orients the patient and patient's family to the facility and the policies and procedures.
- Escorts the patients to off-unit appointments and activities using therapeutic interventions to ensure the safety of the patient, hospital staff, and other University patients and visitors.
- Assists with providing a therapeutic milieu for patients by encouraging patients to participate in recreational activities and group therapies.
- Assists with supportive therapy for select patients by leading activity and conversation groups.
- Assists in the development of patient behavioral expectations.
- May functions as a preceptor to new Psychiatric Technicians.
- Assists with the unit's training and quality assurance programs. Provides an annual educational in-service to co-workers.
- Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
- Assists with initiating and contributing to patient treatment planning, teaching and discharge planning.
- Participates in patient care team conferences by sharing observations of patient's progress toward identified goals and assists the primary Registered Nurse with the development, evaluation, and revision of patient care plans.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities
- Ability to recognize when a patient is having an adverse reaction to medication and report it in a timely manner to the Registered Nurse.
- Ability to assess a patient that can possibly hurt himself/herself and others and report this information to the Registered Nurse, and has the ability to assist with restraints and seclusion.
- Interpersonal skills to acquire the trust of the patients and respond appropriately in a crisis situation.
- Ability to utilize the principles of group dynamics when co-leading a group to facilitate the development of social, behavioral, and communication skills among group members.
- Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.
- Knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.
- Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skill.
- Associate's degree or equivalent 2 years of experience or a year of college and one year related experience.
- Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.
* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.
- This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing care in a psychiatric setting. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases.
Lifting, Listening, Pulling and/or Pushing, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking