Catholic Health Initiatives Mental Health Technician - Behavioral Inpatient Unit in COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa

Mental Health Technician - Behavioral Inpatient Unit

Description

Your time at work should be fulfilling. Rewarding. Inspiring. That’s what you’ll find when you join one of our non-profit CHI facilities across the nation. You’ll find challenging, rewarding work every day alongside people who have as much compassion as you. Join us and together we’ll create healthier, stronger communities. Imagine your career at Catholic Health Initiatives! at http://catholichealthinitiatives.org/find-a-career

Job Responsibilities

Contributions to the CHI Health mission and vision by providing quality direct patient care to the assigned population which includes but is not limited to maintenance of the therapeutic milieu, provision of a safe, supportive environment and monitoring of basic physical needs. Serves as a role model for ethical behavior and promotes an awareness and understanding of positive ethical and moral principles consistent with the Mission, Vision and values of CHI Health.

Additional responsibilities for this health care role include:

  • Assists patients in the development of individuality and appropriate methods of self-expression through promoting an environment in which the patient can problem-solve and test out new behaviors.

  • Assists the patients in acknowledging and accepting responsibility for psychological and behavioral patterns through providing feedback and positive reinforcement, consistently applying program rights and regulations, behavior modification program and communicating in an appropriate manner with the patient.

  • Participates in admission procedures; orients patient and family (significant others) to unit and program.

  • Escorts patients to ancillary departments for procedures/appointments.

  • Escorts patients to off campus to appointments

  • Provides appropriate emergency care and maintains a safe environment. Maintains a secure environment and acts as a resource for emergency situations.

  • Performs basic nursing tasks (i.e. but not limited to: vital signs, blood pressure, specimen collection, accu checks, weighing and assisting with activities of daily living). Assist the nurse in carrying out orders that are within the scope of practice.

  • Provides care and supervision of patients needing to be in the seclusion room (where appropriate).

Hours: 6:30a-6:30p, Every other Weekend and Holiday

Qualifications

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

Preferred: A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service field or Graduate of a Psychiatric Assistant or Nurse Aide training program or one year experience in the Behavioral Health field is preferred. Will consider current nursing students or students studying a Human Services field.

Required: High School Diploma with at least 1 year of experience as a Psych Tech or equivalent.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Required: Physical and mental health, emotional maturity and interpersonal competence. Demonstrated ability to effect planned change in a positive manner. Able to work with a interdisciplinary team. Able to appropriately resolve conflict and crisis situations. Demonstrated ability to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth. An understanding of normal and abnormal development across the life span.

Licensure/Certification/Registration:

Will obtain the following within six (6) months of employment:

-Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Certification

-Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting-APS – IA only

BLS or BLS instructor certification is required upon hire. Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include the following: American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Safety and Health Institute: CPR, PRO, must say “Professional Level-with AED”, and American Heart Association: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

-Job requires continuous communication skills, frequent reading skills, written communication skills, and computer skills.

-Facilitate Individual/group therapies

-Ability to critically think and problem solve

Join us at Catholic Health Initiatives, and become a part of our faith-based health system.

Job Clinical Support

Primary Location IOWA-COUNCIL BLUFFS-MERCY CB

Daily Schedule 6:30a-6:30p

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required Every Other

Req ID: 2018-R0159467

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.