Mental Health Technician PRN Nights
Company: Oceans Healthcare
Posted on: January 10, 2022
At Oceans Behavioral Hospital DeRidder, healing is our focus. We
are passionate about helping adults and seniors manage the
challenges associated with anxiety, depression and other mental
health issues. Utilizing proven, innovative and progressive
therapies, our qualified professionals strive to promote long-term
wellness through a range of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric
counseling and treatment options.The Mental Health Technician (MHT)
supports the nursing staff in maintaining a therapeutic milieu by
performing routinely assigned tasks and carrying out patient care
activities within the scope of the MHT's training and experience.
The MHT will maintain a safe and professional standard for patient
care in accordance with Joint Commission, Federal and State
regulations, Oceans' Mission, policies and procedures and
performance improvement standards.
- Adhere to professional standards, follow policies and
procedures and abide by federal, state and local requirements, as
well as Joint Commission standards.
- Effectively applies supportive behavior when assisting in the
control of patients who exhibit unacceptable behavior. Demonstrates
the ability to employ de-escalation and therapeutic interventions
- Inventories patient belongings accurately and secures
contraband as needed; completes unit safety checks.
- Complies with standard/universal precautions and infection
control policies and attends required in-services to keep
- Implements patient care activities under the direction and
supervision of licensed nursing personnel; performs vital signs,
weights, ADL, intake and output documentation, nutritional
monitoring and communicates findings to the nurse. Ensuring
patients or residents receive appropriate diet by reviewing their
dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences.
- Assists patients with laundry, meals, bathroom functions and
maintaining of belongings; assists at risk and/or physically
challenged patients with mobility needs as needed.
- Individualizes all patient care activities to the age specific,
disability, cultural sensitivity needs of the patient.
- Communicates and documents patient observation and date
effectively in the patient record.; documents patient's departure
from unit (i.e. for passes, transport to doctor's appointment,
community meetings) with 100% accuracy and within defined time
lines; documents significant occurrences, observed behavior, vital
signs, nutrition intake, and patient observation findings on
assigned patients as requested by the registered nurse, with 100%
accuracy and within defined time lines.
- Communicates outcome of assigned tasks to nursing staff in a
timely manner; Communicates follow-up on patient care
responsibilities; incomplete assignments, ongoing activities and
current patient needs to relevant staff to assure continuality of
- Performs other duties and projects as assigned.RequirementsHigh
school graduate or equivalent with CNA certification or at least 6
months of prior bedside, direct patient care experience in a
healthcare setting is required.Must be able to read, write and
follow verbal and written instruction. Excellent verbal and written
communication skills. Must work well with diverse populations. Must
utilize Age, Disability and Cultural Specific knowledge in working
with specialized populations to best communicate with those
clients. Must be in good physical and mental health as evidenced by
a warm empathetic attitude, respect for dignity, worth and
potentiality of clients and hold a high sense of personal
integrity. Must be able to work under close supervision. Must
successfully complete CPR certification and an Oceans approved
behavioral de-escalation program.Subject to many interruptions.
Occasional pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries. This
position can be high paced and stressful; must be able to cope
mentally and physically to atmosphere. This person might sometimes
experience disagreeable odors, sights and/or unpredictable patient
behavior. Work requires spending approximately 90% or more of the
time inside a building that offers protection from weather
conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
Keywords: Oceans Healthcare, Lake Charles , Mental Health Technician PRN Nights, Professions , Deridder, Louisiana
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