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Pool Psych Tech Day Shift; Behavioral Medicine (IPU)

Company: Steward Health Care System
Location: Houston
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse, assists in the provision of basic nursing care to mental health patients, and maintains a safe and clean environment. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: - Consistently supports the hospital's Spirit of Serving Standards, in line with the Mission, Vision and values of St. Joseph Medical Center. - Follows the guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). - Promotes a culture of safety for patients and Associates through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment. - Make environmental rounds with incoming shift daily. Responsible for environmental log sheet. Keep patient room unit environment neat and orderly. - Takes vital sign and blood sugar as ordered. Responsible for reporting abnormal readings to charge nurse. Responsible for documenting vital signs in the medical record. - Monitors hallways according to Behavioral Department guidelines; make rounds every 15 minutes with close attention to special precautions. - Maintains safety in milieu by staying on the unit and engaging patient in a therapeutic interaction or activity, especially during free time. - Search patient belongings and do visual body search on admission, using the wand. Responsible for documentation of patient valuables and belongings. - Reports to Registered Nurse any observed changes in behavior or condition of patients and unusual incidents. - Responds effectively with a patient at the defensive level with a directive approach by setting limits, making sure limits are clear, simple and enforceable. a. Limit setting should be done objectively and in a non-threatening manner. b. Understand and execute de-escalation for potential acting out behavior. - Understand and execute seclusion/restraint guideline; is aware of patient rights related to these emergency situations. - Provides and assists with safety for patients and peers when performing 1:1 for the assault risk patients by placing themselves between the assigned patient and his peers at all times. - Daily assessment of patient needs and ADL; assists as needed. - Prepare patients for meals, check for correct tray, serve and assist with meals and snacks. - Transports patient to/from various departments. Collects and transports specimens to the correct department as needed. - Initiates or assists basic life support when needed. - Utilize appropriate tone, volume and cadence in all interactions. - Supportive of the compliance program set forth by IASIS and demonstrated by: - Upholds the IASIS Standards of Conduct and Corporate Compliance. - Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area. - Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Regional Compliance & Safety Officer and/or through corporate initiatives. - Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities. MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: WORK EXPERIENCE: - At least two years experience working with mental health patients. LICENSE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION: - American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. - CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Program) certification required within 30 days of hire EDUCATION & TRAINING: - High school graduate or G.E.D. SKILLS: - Technical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills relevant to Behavioral Medicine in order to effectively communicate with physicians, team members, patients and families. - Able to communicate effectively, in English, both verbally and in writing. - Basic computer knowledge. - Must demonstrate a caring and friendly attitude towards patients and customers. - Demonstrates good body mechanics and lifting techniques. - Demonstrates a working knowledge of preventive management of aggressive behavior. - Understands impact of laws affecting mental health care.

Keywords: Steward Health Care System, Houston , Pool Psych Tech Day Shift; Behavioral Medicine (IPU), Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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