PNA I Child and adolescent program (3-11)

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Wichita Falls, TX
Psychiatric Nursing Asst IAre you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.The Psychiatric Nursing Assistant I (PNA I) provides patient care services under the clinical supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) in order to provide quality psychiatric nursing care in an inpatient setting. Work involves providing emergency, health, and personal care services to patients; observing, reporting and documenting, in an electronic record, patient conditions and behaviors; interacting with patients therapeutically; and participating in individualized and unit based programming. The PNA I has a primary responsibility to maintain direct and on-going therapeutic interactions with patients to promote living and social skills, thus encouraging progress towards a less restrictive environment. As an integral member of the treatment team, provides verbal and supportive documentation concerning individual patient behaviors, progress or lack thereof, towards individual goals in the recovery plan. Serves an active participant in shift reports and treatment team meetings. Performs any combination of nursing duties commensurate with competency. Works under moderate supervision with limited latitude and independent judgment. Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the efficient operation of the unit.Completion of work requires use of simple and/or routine duties, while decision making is based on simple and well-defined guidelines. The PNA I has no financial responsibility but is accountable for assigned property.Must understand that duties, location of work, and shift patterns are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospitalHIPAA Access: Health Care: PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPAA regulations.Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.•Participates in psychiatric rehabilitation as assigned by the RN to create a social learning/recovery oriented environment for individuals served. Uses therapeutic communication skills to promptly and effectively engage patients in order to assist them with meeting the objectives of their individual recovery plans. •Provides supportive, age appropriate care to patients as assigned by the Registered Nurse (RN) and assists patients with activities of daily living, hygiene, and eating in order to promote independence and self-care. Treats each individual with respect by first recognizing their humanity and the validity of their basic physical and emotional needs. Will be cognizant of, and sensitive to each person's cultural needs; religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, etc. •Monitors patients as assigned and provides observation to ensure the health and safety of all persons. •Serves as a liaison to the Treatment team, providing on-going, verbal and written communication concerning patient progress or lack thereof towards their individual goals. Observes, reports and documents patient behaviors and participation in on/off unit activities. •Assists the licensed nurse by observing patients for signs and symptoms of disease, injury, adverse reactions to medication or other conditions that may warrant medical intervention. Also provides support by preparing patients for medication administration, sick call, etc. Obtains and records vital signs, meal consumption, hours of sleep etc. •Actively promotes safety through the continuous monitoring of the environment and active engagement with patients, to minimize unsafe situations and injuries. •Assists in facilitating programming offered on and off unit. Co-facilitates groups as assigned or requested, and encourages patient attendance and participation. •Responds effectively in crisis or psychiatric emergency situations, uses verbal de-escalation and when absolutely necessary uses more restrictive interventions. Under the direct supervision of a RN, in order to avert crisis situations and to ensure the health and safety of all persons. •Participates in emergency response as needed, e.g. initiation of CPR, performance of the Heimlich maneuver, and use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), according to facility specific training and consistent with recommendations from the American Heart Association•Employee actively participates and /or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activationKnowledge Skills Abilities:

Psychiatric Rehabilitationa.Therapeutic Communication Skillsb.Psychiatric Disordersc.Milieu Managementd.Psychiatric Symptoms (Delusions, Hallucinations, Aggression, Suicidal ideation)e.Aggression ManagementSkills Developmenta.CPRb.TIPSc.Group Process/Teachingd.Vital Signse.Accurate Patient Measurementsf.Response to Changes in Patient Conditiong.Anticoagulantsh.Fallsi.Patient Dietsj.Pat Downs/Metal Detectork.Nursing Roundsl.Escorting/Two way RadiosRestraint and SeclusionEnhanced ObservationsAge Specifica.Growth & Developmentb.Child/ Adolescentsc.Geriatrics (Aging, Aging and bone fractures, Nutritional considerations, Dementia management of the cognitively impaired )Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Requires a valid driver's licenseAbility to obtain certification for CPRInitial Selection Criteria:

Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent (GED)Preferred - 1 year of continuous work history with the same employer Preferred - Experience working with child and adolescent population Preferred – Direct care experienceAdditional Information:

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.___________________________________________________________________AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.