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This job works collaboratively with a licensed nurse and Patient Care Technicians under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse to maintain patient safety and provide for the delivery of basic patient care; provides constant observation of the patient (remains with the patient); notifies nursing personnel of changes in behavior or status and when leaving the room; and intervenes as needed to maintain patient safety and/or prevent patient elopement. Communicates effectively with co-workers, patients, family and visitors and may be required to perform other non-clinical duties as assigned if no patient safety attendant assignment is available.
Required - High School diploma or equivalent
Required - None.
Preferred- Prior experience with psychiatric environment
Experience with computer data entry
Required - Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) Training to be obtained prior to independent patient care, Current certification as a Nursing Assistant is required for those employed in Skilled Nursing Facilities/Units or areas where they provide Patient Care Tech duties
Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
- Good communication skills with the ability to communicate therapeutically with psychiatric and mentally ill patients.
- Considerable degree of independent judgment to monitor and respond to patient related changes in condition.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of information.
- Maintains a clean and safe environment in the patient care area.
- Assists with the plan of care as delegated by the staff nurse/department lead within the scope of practice.
- Provides care based on physical, psycho/social, educations, safety and related criteria, appropriate to the ages of patients served in the assigned area.
- Communicates effectively with patients, families and MDT.
- Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.
- Other related duties as required.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
Remains knowledgeable on current federal, state and local laws, accreditation standards or regulatory agency requirements that apply to the assigned area of responsibility and ensures compliance with all such laws, regulations and standards.
This employer maintains and complies with its Compliance & Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy, and/or other compliance-related concerns.
The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following: Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.
The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain diseases. There may be an occupational risk for exposure to all communicable diseases.
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