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Behavioral Health - Mental Health Tech

Location: Decatur, Tx
Date Posted: 06-15-2017
JOB TITLE:            Mental Health Tech I
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:  The mental Health Technician (MHT) provides direct patient care to both adult and geriatric psychiatric inpatient populations. The MHT will maintain an environment which promotes safety, and facilitates the most positive outcome for each patient. In promoting a safe environment the MHT will observe patients who are on special precautions, and document patient observations as the physician order dictates. In addition to observing and documenting patient observations the MHT will communicate with the nursing staff when patient behaviors or medical status demand further assessment and possible intervention. The MHT will also perform environmental rounds, observing for unsafe patient conditions and will take appropriate action if noting unsafe conditions, hospital property in need of a work order, or contraband in patient rooms. Assisting with admissions, skin assessments, property searches, cataloging patient belongings, transferring patients, assisting with ADLs and hygiene care, taking vital signs, and assisting with discharges are some of the daily functions that the MHT will perform under the direction of the RN. The MHT will perform duties under the direction of the supervising RN and is expected to perform tasks as the needs of the unit and patients necessitate. This includes psychiatric emergency management. As the MHT will be in constant contact with patients and their families they will need to maintain a customer service friendly demeanor and also protect patient privacy in accordance with unit and hospital policy as well as HIPAA regulations.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:  Reports operationally to Charge Nurse and Unit Manager. Administratively to the Unit Manager, Chief Nursing Officer, and Program Director.  
REQUIREMENTS:  1)  CPR Certified  2)  Documented attendance in management of aggressive behavior training through WHS  3)  Must successfully pass WHS work steps program  4)  High School Diploma or GED preferred 5).   CNA license or bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, behavioral science, or a related field from an accredited school.6). A minimum of one year of experience in an acute care psychiatric setting or a related filed.
OSHA TASK CATEGORY TWO:  There is an occasional risk of exposure to mucous membranes or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues, or a potential for spills or splashes during the performance on the job.  Universal precautions must be observed and protective devices worn by the employee when performing a task that is likely to cause exposure.
Employment standards include current requirements as determined by Federal, State, and Wise Health System policy.
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