Category: Allied Health/ Other Nursing Schedule: Per-Diem
Facility: Holy Family Hospital Shift:
Department: HFH Psych St. Dymphnas Hours: Per Diem, As Needed, 3:00pm-11:30pm
Req Number: 40253 Union: Yes
Job Details:

Must be available 12 weekend shifts per year

Must be available for 2 holiday shifts per year (Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day)  and one winter (Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's)

Must be available 2 additional shifts per month

This position is covered by the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement

Job Summary:
Mental Health Counselor in Psych
  • Assists the RN / healthcare team in implementation of the Patient Plan of Care as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Provides patient care as directed by the RN.
  • Respects each patient as an individual; provides care that fosters the patient's sense of dignity and positive self-regard, and uses the least restrictive approach to behavioral management.
  • Assists with admission and discharge of patients with the supervision of the RN.
  • Appropriately prioritizes patient care assignment (e.g., recognizes and responds appropriately to a crisis situation, and demonstrates understanding of a psychiatric emergency, and is able to maintain patient and unit safety).
  • Provides thorough, timely, and accurate documentation of all pertinent data, according to established standards (e.g., "Problem-Intervention-Plan" format for progress notes and accuracy in vital sign documentation).
  • Provides timely and thorough report on assigned patients to other health care team members to ensure integration of services, continuity of patient care, and focus on treatment plan goals.
  • Promotes learning for colleagues and self (e.g. assists in orientation of new staff).
  • Proactively identifies risk to patient safety and identifies opportunities to reduce medical/health care errors in accordance with the CBM Safety Rounds competency and unit requirements.
  • Identifies ethical issues in care and reports them to the RN, and demonstrates ability to report suspected patient abuse/neglect according to hospital policy.
  • Reports to RN any changes in a patient's mental status (e.g., suicidal thoughts, psychotic symptoms) and/or physical status (e.g., pain level) in a timely manner.
  • Assists patient as needed in the following areas: dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, laundering clothes.
  • Consistently assesses the milieu and need for staff intervention to maintain patient and unit safety.
  • Is cognizant of the physical plant needs of the unit and reports to an RN any deficiencies or malfunctioning. Obtains supplies as directed.
  • Provides back-up to Admissions Coordinator and documents accurate information on intake form. Reviews admission with RN.
  • Manages patient meals on the unit and maintains a neat and clean kitchen and dining area. Addresses individual dietary needs of patients appropriately.
  • Is competent in utilizing unit-related bio-medical equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • High school graduate or GED.
  • BCLS required.
  • Experience or training in the mental health or medical field preferred.

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