To serve the growing patient population affected by behavioral and mental health issues, the Specialty Resource Unit's Clinical Support Team is recruiting for several MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS.
Open Positions (all include weekend/holiday rotation):
1st/Days (7am-3pm): 32 hours/week, and 24 hours/week
2nd/Evenings (3-11pm): 32 hours/week, 24 hours/week, and 20 hours/week
3rd/Nights (11p-7a): 32 hours/week, and 24 hours/week
WHAT IS THE "SRU?"
The Specialty Resource Unit "SRU" Clinical Support Team is a pool ofhighly trained PCA, HUC, andMHS staff that can "float" to 17 different inpatient units, the Emergency Department, and the Liberty Township campus. We assist units that may need extra staffing and/or coverage.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS IN THE SRU
- Provide 1:1 direct observation and re-direction to patients presenting with an immediate safety concern including but not limited to patients with Autism (ASD), developmentally delayed patients, non-verbal, suicidal ideation, flight risk, and medical or psychiatric patients with aggressive behavior, traumatic brain injury, and social concerns.
Patients may have an IV or other types of medical lines or drains that need protecting as part of the care plan. May be exposed to blood and body fluids in patient rooms. MHS' provide support and completes specific nursing tasks as delegated by the assigned RN; assist with activities of daily living, and provide care for patients with medical needs.
Fosters a therapeutic environment that support communication, relationships, engagement and empathy during admission, discharge and all interactions with the families and assigned patient ; using a family centered care approach.
Manages patient's room and environment using structure, safety, planning, and participation.
Works also in the Emergency Department by observing, interacting, and monitoring patient statuses through a video monitoring system. Assist with de-escalation and restraint application when needed.
Supports patients in times of crisis by demonstrating active listening, crisis communication and effective behavior support techniques, provides emotional first aid and crisis co-regulation. Supports patients empathetically during violent outburst and rapidly supports patients through post-crisis recovery, including de-briefing.
- Bachelor degree is required with at least two years of coursework in a related field (psychology, social work, criminal justice, etc.)
- While not required, past experience working with mental/behavioral health patients is a plus
Demonstrates consistent integration of the Interprofessional Practice Model (IPM) in all aspects of practice.
Ensures work areas are organized, safe and ready for the next activity or shift; follows imminent danger policy; has awareness of patient location, alerts nurse to changes in mental status.
Demonstrates professional boundaries; has awareness of own triggers, is self-aware; approaches the patient at their level of functioning and readiness to address issues; has 1:1 interaction with a therapeutic focus; builds therapeutic relationships. Demonstrates therapeutic communication and empathy during admission, discharge and interactions with the families.
Completes shift charting accurately and timely; documentation is linked to the patients plan of care. Completes documentation prior to the arrival of the next shift seclusions and restraint documentation is complete and accurate. Collaborates with RN to provide support and monitoring for changes in patient status; active role in safe handoff/shift report, takes notes during shift report. Participates in huddles; familiar with and utilizes Situation Awareness concepts as appropriate.
Supports patients in times of crisis. Demonstrates understanding of stress model of crisis and responds with active listening, crisis communication, behavior support techniques, emotional first aid and crisis co-regulation. Supports patients empathetically during violent outburst and rapidly supports patients through post-crisis recovery, including de-briefing.
·Parent Interactions/Family Centered Care
Greets families when they are present. Provides updates to parent/guardian regarding patient condition and progress, information is linked to the plan of care; refers parents to appropriate internal or external resources for information to answer questions, if unsure of boundaries consults with Charge nurse, or Manager of Support Services or a lead MHS in Psychiatry. Recognizes the effects of trauma that may impact the patient and family experience of the health care encounter.
Manages patient's room/milieu using: structure, safety, planning, participation and support; completes environmental assessment. (everything within the patients environment)
·Patient Care-Age Specific and Culturally Diverse
Will develop/adapt individualized care plans based on patient need. Provides approved care to patients as delegated limited to the following: ADL's, (bathing, feeding, toileting, etc.) Vital signs including Blood Pressure, Intake and Output, Feeding, Isolation Precautions, Emergency care for patients with lines and tubes, etc.
Monitors service areas, plans approaches for improvement activities, design of new processes, collect and measure data, review and report performance over time, improve and redesign processes based on evaluation and reassess continuously.
·Other Duties Assigned
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Capable of relating to diverse age and demographic backgrounds.
Knowledge of development, behaviors, group process techniques and crisis intervention techniques for infants, children and adolescents.
Capable of managing disruptive patients.
Ability to use a problem solving process to develop and evaluate a plan of care.