CNA/Mental Health Tech - Geriatrics Unit

Riverside Medical Center Kankakee, IL
OverviewThe CNA/Mental Health Geriatric Tech is an entry level position applying principles and techniques of evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and treatment of patients. The CNA/MHT manages a safe and therapeutic environment for mental health patients.

ResponsibilitiesPART III: POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES (ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS)Ability to transfer patients within the hospital environment and assist with bed mobility.Able to perform mental status evaluations to report to appropriate doctor to determine appropriate disposition. Able to effectively follow through with recommended dispositions.Actively participates in self development by attending educational programs and has completed annual hours of continuing education as required for assisted living regulations.Answer call lights in a timely and courteous manner.Assists to maintain MHU standards of safety and cleanliness within the therapeutic milieu.Demonstrates an understanding of the action and side effects of psychotropic medications.Documents observations, interventions, and progress towards planned outcomes according to charting standards.Ensures that group and milieu programming occurs as scheduled.Implements planned treatment interventions and documents patients' response.Monitors assigned patients and assists with their personal care needs.Observes patient's mental status and documents per MHU charting guidelines.Possesses the knowledge and skill required to evaluate patients' mental status to determine treatment needs/interventions.Provides orientation/reordination of residents to their environment and provides redirection as appropriate for residents level of understanding.Reports patient observations (assigned, group, milieu) to RN every shift.Serves as clinical partner to the nurse giving input into challenging care issues. Communicates creative ideas and methods to other team members for continuity.Take temperatures, pulse, respirations, B/P's, and measure and document I & O's. Assist patients with all aspects of ADL's.Understands and implements the principals of infection control, consistently using standard precautions and washes hands after each resident contact. Removes and disposes of gloves after each resident contact.Utilizes approved behavioral management techniques when appropriate.QualificationsExperience/Education Requirements:College level courses in Psychology or related field preferred or Bachelor's Degree preferred.Experience in a medical or psychiatric setting preferred.Completion of certified nurse aid course.Nursing Assistant experience preferred.

License or Certification Requirements:

CNA certificate registered with the State of Illinois.CPR required within 90 days of hire.