Works under the supervision of the Nurse. The Mental Health Tech's primary job function is to perform a variety of basic patient care activities in caring for the personal needs and comfort of patients. Supports each Strategic Value by providing excellent care to those we serve. Performs other duties as assigned.
GED/High School Diploma required. Ability to read, write, and speak English required
Completion of an approved nursing assistant program or equivalent experience required
Mental Health experience preferred
D. Interpersonal Skills
Good interpersonal skills needed in dealing with nursing staff, physicians, patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
E. Essential Technical/Motor Skills
Hand/eye coordination to perform basic patient care activities.
F. Essential Physical Requirements
The physical demand is heavy. Occasionally lifts in excess of 100 pounds and frequently lifts 50-100 pounds when transferring and positioning patients. Stands or walks with regular breaks for greater than 50% of the shift when providing supportive services and basic nursing procedures. Sits for one to three hours per shift when documenting patient care. Ability to use hands for repetitive simple grasping, fine manipulation, and pushing and pulling when attending to a patient’s physical needs, operating patient care equipment, and assisting patients with personal hygiene.
Occasionally bends, squats, climbs, crawls, and reaches above shoulder level.
G. Essential Mental Requirements
Has occasional contact with the general public and customer when relating to patients’ families and customers when performing nursing care. Must be able to cope when occasionally working under close supervision and without the assistance of other personnel. Requires the ability to occasionally adapt to deadlines and irregular activity schedules and pay close attention to detail.
Essential Sensory Requirements
Good vision is required when performing job duties such as taking temperatures and weights, feeding and ambulating patients, and observing patients. The ability to communicate clearly is continuously required when interacting with patients, visitors, physicians, and reporting to team leader/charge nurse the treatment results, observations, patient complaints, and other pertinent information regarding the condition of the patient.
I. Exposure to Hazards
Normal patient care environment with occasional exposure to dust and odors. Occasional exposure to body fluids, unpleasant patient care activities, infectious diseases, and toxic substances due to the performance of certain patient care activities. Sharp instruments and moving machinery are occasionally used in attending to patient needs.
Frequently exposed to noise due to job requirements.