Psychiatric Technician - Nexus Children's Hospital - Houston, TX

Description

Under the direct supervision of the House Supervisor, care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections.

Job Specific Responsibilities:

  • Completes and records patient vital signs in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that patient temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure are taken and recorded as per instruction.
  • Knowledgeable of vital sign ranges and appropriately reports abnormalities in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that fluid and food intake and output are appropriately measured and recorded.
  • Assists patients with activities of daily living.  (e.g. bathing, oral hygiene, care of hair, oral feedings, positioning, transfers, etc.)
  • Ensures that any change in patient condition or unusual circumstances is reported immediately to the primary nurse.
  • Can verbalize the CNA role in patient emergency situations and cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Practices correct isolation techniques to maintain a safe environment and to control spread of infection
  • Maintains cleanliness of various instruments and equipment used per hospital policy.
  • Keeps patient rooms clean and in an orderly condition
  • Assist with restocking rooms with supplies and equipment as directed.
  • Exchanges and communicates patient care information upon change of shift.
  • Performs walking rounds at change of shift.
  • Completes all required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Ability to accept direction from supervisors and other management team members in a positive and professional manner.
  • Returns all soiled trays upon patient meal completion in a timely manner.
  • Ensures soiled linen hampers are covered, cleaned and/or emptied as required.
  • Demonstrates ability to assess patient and unit needs, communicating those needs to a supervisor or appropriate persons.
  • Performs patients’ weights as ordered
  • Updates patient communication board daily for assigned patient group.
  • Maintains patient turning schedule.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric and personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded patients.
  • Observe and influence patients’ behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling and befriending them.
  • Take and record measures of patients’ physical condition, using devices such as thermometers and blood pressure gauges.
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, and other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships.
  • Collaborate with and assist doctors, psychologists, and rehabilitation therapists working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients in order to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
  • Develop and teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
  • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.
  • Aid patients in performing tasks such as bathing and keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean.
  • Administer oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician’s prescriptions and hospital procedures.
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status and to obtain their mental health and treatment history.
  • Contact patients’ relatives to arrange family conferences.
  • Follow all HBH procedures and guidelines
  • Be knowledgeable with HBH Obesity Program Guidelines
  • Coordinate with all other disciplines when possible to assist in educating patient and family
  • Coordinate with other disciplines to create enjoyable activities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

EDUCATION:

  • High school Degree or equivalent

EXPERIENCE:

  • At least one (1) year experience in working in a hospital/rehabilitation/long-term care environment in a psych setting

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Texas preferred
  • Certified in SAMA within 30 days of employment
  • Certified in CPR
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