GENERAL SUMMARY AND PURPOSE:
Performs various patient care activities as needed to care for the needs of the mentally and emotionally ill patient, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Maintains a therapeutic milieu. Plans and conducts individual, group and family therapeutic sessions. Assists in basic nursing techniques. Helps develop care plans. Documents patients’ progress in hospital charts. Effectively assists staff with agitated patients.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Psychology or Social Work. Experience in a psychiatric facility or related setting preferred.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers certification from either AHA, ARC or the Military Training Network is required at hire in all units, unless currently certified in ACLS and/or PALS as defined in the SAHS Certification Crosswalk. Other certifications may be required as identified in the SAHS Certification Crosswalk. Medical-surgical patient care or medical office experience preferred.
Knows, understands, incorporates, and demonstrates the Organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values in behaviors, practices, and decisions. Demonstrates knowledge and skills to competently care for all assigned age groups (child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric as applicable)
Demonstrates ability to maintain a safe environment and therapeutic milieu as evidenced by ability to utilize good judgment, implement critical thinking skills, and quickly problem solve situations to maintain positive and healing atmosphere.
Revenue Management: ensures the accuracy of documenting services and supplies provided to the patients. Displays an ability to communicate and/or take direction from licensed staff. Demonstrates motivation to initiate tasks within the defined parameters of the psych tech role.
Assists/participates in crisis situations that can require “hands-on” for safety of the patient and/or others which can ultimately lead to seclusion and/or having to be on the floor to restrain a patient. Educates patients on suitable coping skills related to treatment plan content as evidenced by one to one interactions and in the group setting.
Participates in the treatment planning process by reviewing treatment plan’s with patients in a timely manner and documenting progress and education towards treatment goals. Demonstrates, models, and provides supportive listening for patients in crisis.
Completes clinical documentation with accuracy and thoroughness. Serves as a liason between patients, families and professional staff. Receives data and ensures that appropriate processing occurs. Assists with unit clerical support as needed. Basic computer skills with an emphasis on MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Use of basic office equipment (calculator, PC, copier, fax).
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Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 22 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.
Trinity Health’s dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.