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Mental Health Worker

Job Description

Job Summary:
The Mental Health Worker completes delegated aspects of the patient admission and discharge process. S/he observes patient behaviors, symptoms, and problems and reports findings. The Mental Health Worker completes and maintains patient records; assures environment is safe and sanitary; assists in medical and psychiatric emergencies; participates in treatment planning and staffings; plans and coordinates recreational activities; and provides group and individual counseling to patients. S/he provides direct patient care including: assisting with ADLs, 1:1 observation, escorting patients on/off unit and when on outside trips, taking vital signs, and assisting in milieu management. The Mental Health Worker also develops, implements, evaluates, and updates individualized treatment plans.
Duties & Responsibilities:
General:


1. Take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc. Report any abnormal findings to the Charge Nurse. Record the findings in the Patient Care Record.


2. Perform basic care as instructed by the Registered Nurse. Such duties include: weigh and measure patient.


3. Collect and assist with the collection of urine, sputum, and stool. Label all specimens for the laboratory and clock-in the time on the lab slip and place them in the appropriate area. Deliver samples within 15 minutes if stat venipuncture.


4. Consistently apply and adhere to isolation procedures and techniques.


5. Bath, dress and assist patients in oral hygiene, along with providing proper hygiene and skin care.


6. Assist patients in and out of bed for purposes such as the bathroom; to sit in chair; or to walk around.


7. Ensure patients receive their dietary trays and set-up trays for the patients. Assist and/or feed patients, as needed. Pick-up all dietary trays not picked up by Food & Nutritional Staff.


8. Document on the Patient Care Record and issues with the patient’s appetite. Inform the Registered Nurse of patient’s appetites.


9. Assist with the positioning and re-positioning of patients as instructed by the Registered Nurse demonstrating the importance of correct positioning and body alignment while utilizing comfort devices.


10. Ensure patient beds are in the low position and locked at all times. Ensure that side rails are up at all times. Ensure patients are properly secured when transferring to or from a bed, wheelchair, or stretcher.


11. When transferring patients, collect the patient’s personal belongings; assist patient to wheelchair or stretcher; and orientate patient to new surroundings.


12. Transport patients to and from other departments.


13. Assist with admission, transfer, and discharge of patients. Report discharge planning needs to the nurse and social worker.


14. Assist in the development, implementation, evaluation, and updating of individualized treatment plans for the adult and geriatric patients (age 18+).


15. Observe patients’ behavior, symptoms, patterns and deviations and report findings to nurse or supervisor.


16. Observe and document in the progress notes patients’ reactions to drug and treatment, or any other usual conditions and report adverse reactions to medication or treatment to medical personnel in charge.


17. Assist in psychiatric emergencies and milieu management.


18. Monitor patients on precautions/restraints according to hospital policy.


19. Assist with individual counseling and group sessions to assigned patients.


20. Complete daily progress notes using the D.A.R.P. format for assigned patients.


21. Document on the Diagnostic and Dispositional Staffing form for primary patients.


22. Maintain awareness of comfort and safety needs of patients. Remove harmful objects from patients.


23. Reinforce no smoking policy.


24. Assist patients in maintaining clean and neat rooms. Report the need for repairs promptly.


25. Answer nurse call system promptly and provide prompt appropriate response to patient requests 100% of the time. Notify nurse immediately if need professional nurse intervention.


26. Make frequent rounds to check on patients.


27. Handle telephone information with courtesy, accuracy, and confidentiality.


28. Identify patient and family teaching needs and consistently contribute to patient and/or family teaching. Communicate effectively with patients and family members and document conversations and teachings in the Patient Care Plan.


29. Advocate and support unit, hospital, and nursing activities.


30. Participate in department or unit quality improvement activities.


31. Maintain personal education record.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:
Required Education:


High school diploma or GED or the combination of education, knowledge, skills, mental development, and relevant experience that enables performance of all aspects of the position.
Desirable Education:


Associates degree in Psychology, Social Worker or related field.
Required Experience:


Minimum of two (2) years of experience in an acute psychiatric setting.
Desirable Experience:


Minimum of two (2) years of experience in an acute psychiatric unit in a health care setting.
Required Skills:


The following skills are necessary in order to perform the duties in the manner required: higher level of comprehension, skills, and ability, as well as continued learning is expected with increasing length of job experience.
Special Skills:


 Must be knowledgeable of the principles of growth and development and where appropriate, demonstrate care practices related to the physical and emotional needs of neonates (0 -30 days), pediatric patients (31 days-14 years of age), adult patients (15 – 64 years of age), and geriatric patients (65 and older years of age).
Language Skills:


 Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.


 Ability to read internal and external documents as pertains to job function.


 Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from subordinates co-workers, supervisors, and/or management.
Mathematical/Analytical Skills:


 Ability to calculate figures and amounts through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage.


 Ability to set priorities and multi-task.


Essential Mental Abilities:


 Ability to exercise independent judgment.


 Ability to be self-directing and organized.


 Ability to reason objectively.


 Ability to document concisely, accurately and timely.


 Ability to handle a variety of duties that may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances.


 Possess a reasonable tolerance for stressful situations.


Interpersonal Skills:


 Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with subordinates, co-workers, executives, other departments, vendors, and outside regulatory agencies.


 Ability to enlist the cooperation of others.


 Provide courteous, cooperative service to healthcare professionals.

Job Snapshot

Location US-IL-Chicago
Employment Type Full-Time
Pay Type Year
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Health Care
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Company Overview

St. Bernard Hospital

St. Bernard Hospital began more than a century ago as the vision of the Rev. Bernard Murray, the leader of St. Bernard’s Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. In an effort to bring adequate health care to the community, Murray asked the Kingston, Canada-based Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, a community of women religious, for help in founding a local hospital. In 1903, the group sent seven sisters who, along with community residents, raised funds for the hospital’s construction, breaking ground in 1904. On Nov. 21, 1905, the hospital was dedicated St. Bernard Hotel Dieu – “house of God.” Throughout the years, the hospital has evolved alongside the community it serves, modernizing and adding to its facilities to keep pace with advances in medicine and the standard of care. Of the four hospitals that once served Englewood, St. Bernard is the only one still operating today Learn More

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US-IL-Chicago
Stephanie Lily
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St. Bernard Hospital
Company:
US-IL-Chicago
Location:
Full-Time
Employment Type:
Year
Pay Type:
N/A
Pay Rate:
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Job Description

Job Summary:
The Mental Health Worker completes delegated aspects of the patient admission and discharge process. S/he observes patient behaviors, symptoms, and problems and reports findings. The Mental Health Worker completes and maintains patient records; assures environment is safe and sanitary; assists in medical and psychiatric emergencies; participates in treatment planning and staffings; plans and coordinates recreational activities; and provides group and individual counseling to patients. S/he provides direct patient care including: assisting with ADLs, 1:1 observation, escorting patients on/off unit and when on outside trips, taking vital signs, and assisting in milieu management. The Mental Health Worker also develops, implements, evaluates, and updates individualized treatment plans.
Duties & Responsibilities:
General:


1. Take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc. Report any abnormal findings to the Charge Nurse. Record the findings in the Patient Care Record.


2. Perform basic care as instructed by the Registered Nurse. Such duties include: weigh and measure patient.


3. Collect and assist with the collection of urine, sputum, and stool. Label all specimens for the laboratory and clock-in the time on the lab slip and place them in the appropriate area. Deliver samples within 15 minutes if stat venipuncture.


4. Consistently apply and adhere to isolation procedures and techniques.


5. Bath, dress and assist patients in oral hygiene, along with providing proper hygiene and skin care.


6. Assist patients in and out of bed for purposes such as the bathroom; to sit in chair; or to walk around.


7. Ensure patients receive their dietary trays and set-up trays for the patients. Assist and/or feed patients, as needed. Pick-up all dietary trays not picked up by Food & Nutritional Staff.


8. Document on the Patient Care Record and issues with the patient’s appetite. Inform the Registered Nurse of patient’s appetites.


9. Assist with the positioning and re-positioning of patients as instructed by the Registered Nurse demonstrating the importance of correct positioning and body alignment while utilizing comfort devices.


10. Ensure patient beds are in the low position and locked at all times. Ensure that side rails are up at all times. Ensure patients are properly secured when transferring to or from a bed, wheelchair, or stretcher.


11. When transferring patients, collect the patient’s personal belongings; assist patient to wheelchair or stretcher; and orientate patient to new surroundings.


12. Transport patients to and from other departments.


13. Assist with admission, transfer, and discharge of patients. Report discharge planning needs to the nurse and social worker.


14. Assist in the development, implementation, evaluation, and updating of individualized treatment plans for the adult and geriatric patients (age 18+).


15. Observe patients’ behavior, symptoms, patterns and deviations and report findings to nurse or supervisor.


16. Observe and document in the progress notes patients’ reactions to drug and treatment, or any other usual conditions and report adverse reactions to medication or treatment to medical personnel in charge.


17. Assist in psychiatric emergencies and milieu management.


18. Monitor patients on precautions/restraints according to hospital policy.


19. Assist with individual counseling and group sessions to assigned patients.


20. Complete daily progress notes using the D.A.R.P. format for assigned patients.


21. Document on the Diagnostic and Dispositional Staffing form for primary patients.


22. Maintain awareness of comfort and safety needs of patients. Remove harmful objects from patients.


23. Reinforce no smoking policy.


24. Assist patients in maintaining clean and neat rooms. Report the need for repairs promptly.


25. Answer nurse call system promptly and provide prompt appropriate response to patient requests 100% of the time. Notify nurse immediately if need professional nurse intervention.


26. Make frequent rounds to check on patients.


27. Handle telephone information with courtesy, accuracy, and confidentiality.


28. Identify patient and family teaching needs and consistently contribute to patient and/or family teaching. Communicate effectively with patients and family members and document conversations and teachings in the Patient Care Plan.


29. Advocate and support unit, hospital, and nursing activities.


30. Participate in department or unit quality improvement activities.


31. Maintain personal education record.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:
Required Education:


High school diploma or GED or the combination of education, knowledge, skills, mental development, and relevant experience that enables performance of all aspects of the position.
Desirable Education:


Associates degree in Psychology, Social Worker or related field.
Required Experience:


Minimum of two (2) years of experience in an acute psychiatric setting.
Desirable Experience:


Minimum of two (2) years of experience in an acute psychiatric unit in a health care setting.
Required Skills:


The following skills are necessary in order to perform the duties in the manner required: higher level of comprehension, skills, and ability, as well as continued learning is expected with increasing length of job experience.
Special Skills:


 Must be knowledgeable of the principles of growth and development and where appropriate, demonstrate care practices related to the physical and emotional needs of neonates (0 -30 days), pediatric patients (31 days-14 years of age), adult patients (15 – 64 years of age), and geriatric patients (65 and older years of age).
Language Skills:


 Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.


 Ability to read internal and external documents as pertains to job function.


 Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from subordinates co-workers, supervisors, and/or management.
Mathematical/Analytical Skills:


 Ability to calculate figures and amounts through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage.


 Ability to set priorities and multi-task.


Essential Mental Abilities:


 Ability to exercise independent judgment.


 Ability to be self-directing and organized.


 Ability to reason objectively.


 Ability to document concisely, accurately and timely.


 Ability to handle a variety of duties that may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances.


 Possess a reasonable tolerance for stressful situations.


Interpersonal Skills:


 Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with subordinates, co-workers, executives, other departments, vendors, and outside regulatory agencies.


 Ability to enlist the cooperation of others.


 Provide courteous, cooperative service to healthcare professionals.

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