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Psychiatric Technician - Inpatient Mental Health-218- (We are hiring during Covid 19)

Luke & Associates San Diego, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description: PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN –INPATIENT – MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT SITE OF SERVICE:Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA and associated branch medical clinics. HCWs shall receive notification 48-hours prior to reassignment. BENEFITS / RATES:10 paid federal Holidays80 hours of Vacation56 hours of PTO accrued sick time$ 250.00 CME ReimbursementsHealth, Dental, Vision, Long and Short Term Disability , Life insurances and 401 Retirement PlanPOSITION QUALIFICATION/REQUIREMENTS: Degree: CertificateEducation: Graduation from an accredited Psychiatric Technician Program OR Completion of an equivalent education and experience that meets the requirement of the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians OR Completion of education and experience as a behavioral science specialist/technician in the United States military AND proof of having completed an Armed Forces course involving psychiatric technician training or civilian course from an accredited school in the care of behavioral health patients.Experience: Have a minimum of 12 months of experience within the last 18 months with clinical psychiatric experience Licensure: Possess and maintain a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Psychiatric Technician in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands; OR possess at least a level one national Psychiatric Technician certification or equivalent. ORPossess and maintain a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse/ Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Possess at least a level one national Psychiatric Technician certification or equivalentU.S. Citizenship: HCWs performing under this contract shall be U.S. citizens.English Language Requirement: The Contractor shall ensure that all HCWs providing services under this contract are able to read, write, and speak English well enough to effectively communicate.HCW Physical Capability: HCWs shall be physically capable of standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time and physically capable of performing all services required under the contract.Complete and Pass competency based evaluations in accordance with Joint Commission standards.Upon employment complete facility and Department of Defense specific training SPECIFIC DUTIES. Inpatient Care for Acute Psychiatric and Intermediate UnitsAssist in initial intake assessments and triage interviews.Assist in counseling and orient patients to the unit procedures and policies.Perform ward searches; monitor use of dangerous items. Answer telephone calls and relay pertinent information to providers if required.Assist in a variety of treatment modalities including but not limited to biofeedback, stress management, and group therapy.Coordinate and perform routine training in prevention and management of assaultive behavior.Assist with patient education.Perform routine ward procedures for admission, discharges, and patient transfers.Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.Understand the rules of confidentiality as applies to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.Outpatient CarePerform ongoing risk assessment; assist in maintaining therapeutic milieu.Transcribe physician’s orders.Develop a therapeutic relationship with psychiatric patients; observe patient progress during treatment.Organize and facilitate patient groups and activities.Escort patients safely on and off the unit, know the patient management for elopement risks; take patients out on field trips.Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.Maintain all records required on patients to include data entry and retrieval on CHCS and CIS computer systems.Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which include but is not limited to drawing blood for lab studies; collect and label specimens; take vital signs; and assist the doctor in a variety of diagnostic examinations.Understand the rules of confidentiality as applied to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.Respond to emergency situations within area of competence and initiate appropriate action and documentation (restraint calls, fire calls, and disaster situations).Monitor and discontinue IV fluids as directed if certified.Operate the outpatient front desk areas; assist patients with questions and information; offer courteous and attentive assistance. Follow the Command’s mission and values of Service, Professionalism, Teamwork, Respect, and Compassion.Schedule patient appointments through the CHCS computer system. Coordinate and assist the Primary Care Provider in contacting patients who miss appointments.Ensure that all records are properly maintained, constructed, and secured in a controlled access area.Dispose of the Secondary Convenience Record after maintaining for three years.Prepare and pull all outpatient records for scheduled appointments.Perform End of Day processing in accordance with local instructions.Perform psychiatric testing/screening evaluations if certified and as directed.CORE DUTIES:Conduct or assist in treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Perform initial basic assessment procedures including standardized psychological testing, clinical interviewing, mental status examinations, substance abuse evaluations, and psychological and nursing assessment. Identify mental health and nursing diagnoses, and provide patient education. Observe, monitor, record, and report patient's progress. Conduct or assist in conducting group and individual counseling, therapeutic community, and other related milieu activities. Institute precautionary measures to prevent patient injury or suicide. Assist patients with nutritional, hygiene, and comfort measures. Obtain and record vital signs. Coordinate with other agencies regarding specified care, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and administrative functions. Contact military and community agencies to obtain collateral information. Explain and interpret mental health services to patients or others. Assist in, or arrange patient referral to public, private, and military community agencies. Prepare and maintain records and reports pertaining to specialty services. Assist with care of individuals experiencing acute and post-traumatic stress reactions. Prepare and maintain treatment records.GENERAL DUTIES. Contractor personnel shall perform a full range of duties consistent with their labor category, education, training, experience, clinical privileges (as applicable), and assigned position. Maintain a level of productivity comparable with that of other individuals performing similar services. Participate in peer review and performance improvement activities.Practice aseptic techniques as necessary. Comply with infection control guidelines to include the proper handling, storage, and disposal of infectious wastes, and the use of universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Function with an awareness and application of safety procedures.Perform efficiently in emergency patient situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons, and documenting events. Anticipate potential problems/emergencies and make appropriate interventions. Notify supervisor, director, or other designated person regarding problems that the HCW is unable to manage.Apply an awareness of legal issues in all aspects of patient care and strive to manage situations in a reduced risk manner.Participate in the implementation of the Family Advocacy Program as directed. Participation shall include, but not be limited to, appropriate medical examination, documentation, and reporting.Exercise awareness and sensitivity to patient/significant others' rights, as identified within the MTF.Maintain an awareness of responsibility and accountability for own professional practice.Participate in continuing education to meet own professional growth.Attend and/or comply with all annual training classes required by the Command, to include but not limited to online annual training provided by the MTF: disaster training, infection control, Sexual Harassment, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire and Safety, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE), and all other required training.Actively participate in the command’s Performance Improvement Program. Participate in meetings to review and evaluate the care provided to patients, identify opportunities to improve the care delivered, and recommend corrective action when problems exist.Participate in the provision of in-service training to clinic staff members. Provide training and/or direction as applicable to supporting government employe­es (e.g., hospital corpsmen, students, etc.).Attend and participate in various meetings as directed.Perform timely, accurate, and concise documentation of patient care.Operate and manipulate automated systems such as CHCS, AHLTA, ADS, Essentris, and Clinical Information System (CIS), participate in clinical staff Performance Improvement (PI) and Risk Management (RM) functions, as prescribed by the Commander. Maintain DOD email account as directed. The HCW shall be responsive to all email and voicemail communications.Exercise appropriate delegation of tasks and duties in the direction and coordination of health care team members, patient care, and clinic activities.Maintain docum

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