CLARE|MATRIX is currently seeking Mental Health Workers. We have Full Time, Part Time, and On Call positions available. Must have at least 1 year prior experience as a Mental Health Worker
Summary: Under supervision, partners with consumers/families with mental illness and/or substance abuse to achieve recovery; develops, delivers, and evaluates recovery focused mental health and case management services; participates in individual, family, and group counseling; and advocates for decreasing stigma associated with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
Responsibilities and Duties:
§ Provides safe, effective and efficient implementation of direct care in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.
§ Establishes and maintains and co-facilitates a therapeutic relationship with clients and acts as a role model in maintaining a hopeful and positive attitude in problem solving and coping with the disabilities associated with mental illness.
§ Attends and participates in community meetings and groups.
§ Documents client activities of daily living, response to interventions, and significant behavior changes as appropriate.
§ Admits and discharges patients as assigned, this includes completing associated documentation.
§ Collects stool, urine and other specimens, as requested, on assigned clients.
§ Obtains client vital signs and weights, as assigned.
§ Assists clients at mealtime by distributing meal trays, pouring beverages and/or feeding clients in need of assistance.
§ Provides client monitoring including but not limited to rounds, seclusion and restraint supervision and smoke breaks.
§ Commitment to teamwork via questions and cooperation.
§ Assist in client outings and/or driving.
§ Practices body substance precautions at all times.
§ Participates as a team member and provides input via reporting observations, concerns and asking appropriate questions.
§ Reviews and implements client treatment plans.
§ Actively participates in multidisciplinary team meetings and treatment planning meetings.
§ Demonstrates knowledge of PART principles and techniques.
§ Informs the charge nurse of client behavior and condition, particularly changes in mental and/or physical condition.
§ Participates in and assists clients during group outings.
§ Observes, records and reports client social, psychiatric and physical behavior.
§ Completes the following assessment activities:
§ Reviews admission documentation.
§ Assists in client reviews and assessment of client care plans.
§ Demonstrates the ability to recognize changes in client milieu and make modifications in care giving methods.
§ Demonstrates knowledge and proper use of equipment and supplies.
§ Promotes and assists clients in developing self-help skills.
§ Explains policies and procedures to clients and their families.
§ Demonstrates a good rapport and cooperative working relationships with all members of the team; responds to co-workers with concern and promotes group morale.
§ Maintains an effective and courteous working relationship with clients and other staff members through the use of appropriate interpersonal skills.
§ Protects the confidentiality of employee and client information.
§ Continually focuses on assigned tasks and seeks and implements improvements as necessary.
§ Understands and demonstrates the safety program in all activities.
§ Protects clients from behavior that could damage themselves or others.
§ Acts in a professional manner, always demonstrating respect and understanding of the community and neighborhood when representing CLARE in the community.
Knowledge, Experience & Skills:
The ideal candidate will have
§ One (1) year of experience with nursing and/or psychiatric clients in a clinic, hospital or a long-term care facility is preferred.
§ Knowledge of basic psychiatric and nursing skills, including nursing interventions is essential.