Mental Health Specialist - PRN, Lindner Center of Hope - PRN, Rotating Shift

POSITION TITLE: Mental Health Specialist I


SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Clinical Director or Clinical Manager

COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Recreational Therapist, Clinical Nurse, Occupational Therapist, and Patient Care Assistants, Adaptive Care Team, Team Leaders, Clinical Directors, Speech, Child Life, Psychiatry, Behavioral Assistant, unit staff and Behavioral Medicine.



PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide direct patient care and assist healthcare team members of the Psychiatric/Med Surg Unit of a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children and adolescents.

·Interprofessional Practice:
Demonstrates consistent integration of the Interprofessional Practice Model (IPM) in all aspects of practice.
·Patient Supervision
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.
·Therapeutic Relationships/Communication
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.
·Crisis Intervention
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.
·Environmental/Milieu Management
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.
·Performance/Quality Improvement
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

Skills & Competencies
·Interpersonal Communication
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Capable of relating to diverse age and demographic backgrounds.
·Professional Knowledge
Knowledge of development, behaviors, group process techniques and crisis intervention techniques for infants, children and adolescents.
·Disruptive Patients
Capable of managing disruptive patients.
·Problem Solving
Ability to use a problem solving process to develop and evaluate a plan of care.

·Bachelor's Degree 2 years of college coursework

·1 year of work experience and/or Related Experience