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Mental Health Worker - Grade 375

Location: Santa Clara, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 774856 Date posted: 03/07/2019
Description:
The Mental Health Worker provides support to ensure both the psychiatric and physical nursing care needs of patients are met. These staff members have an essential role in promoting and maintaining a healthy, safe, and therapeutic treatment setting that allows the recovery process to occur within the individual. This includes functioning as a member of the health care team and evaluating, intervening and providing therapeutic one to one interaction to patients using the Wellness and Recovery Philosophy. The Mental Health Worker provides direct care to patients on the unit and participates in observing, recording and reporting patient behaviors. Under the direction of the leadership of the facility, these individuals are responsible to ensure the unit is safe and patients are actively participating in the program.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for initiating, observing, documenting and communicating the needs of the patient in order to ensure safety on the unit. This may include, but is not limited to, Line of Sight precautions or one on one supervision of the patients as clinically indicated and assigned. Requires critical judgment and communication to staff in a timely manner in order to ensure appropriate intervention of Clinical involvement.

  • Facilitates and/or co-facilitates groups with other members of the team based upon training and level of competence.

  • Assist in ensuring patients are maintaining activities of daily living including feeding, hygiene and ambulating.

  • Thorough knowledge of treatment philosophy, treatment goals, policies, rules and regulations must make independent judgments in the course of providing basic patient care activities, which include but may not be limited to orienting the patient to the unit, taking vital signs, meal observations and other critical patient care activities designed to ensure safe patient care.

  • Participates in the treatment planning process and supports the implementation of the treatment plan on the unit with the patient.

  • Assists in the delivery of physical care as needed and performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Perform other related duties as necessary.

  • Basic Qualifications:

    Experience

  • Minimum 6 months direct patient care experience in an acute psychiatric hospital or psychiatric health facility or two (2) years of experience within the last five (5) years delivering direct patient focused on behavioral disabilitities.


  • Education

  • Associate's Degree or an equivalent of two years college course work in nursing, the social or behavioral sciences.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • BLS required.



  • Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated skills and ability to care for acutely mentally ill individuals.

  • Knowledge of the challenges involved in management of the acute or chronically mentally ill patient and possible associated behaviors.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including computer skills.

  • Knowledge of basic mental health functions, such as assisting with activities of daily living, obtaining vital signs, documentation observations.

  • Ability to relate empathetically to adult psychiatric patients.

  • Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.



  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual skills preferred.

  • Knowledge of treatment philosophy, treatment goals, policies, rules and regulations related to patient care as well as interest in working in a recovery promoting environment using a Wellness/Recovery Model preferred.

  • Knowledge of the principles involved in the treatment, interventions, and procedures provided by the service preferred.

  • Knowledge of the medical terminology used in psychiatric care of patients preferred.
  • Primary Location: California,Santa Clara,Santa Clara Behavioral Health Center 3840 Homestea Scheduled Weekly Hours: 0 Shift: Day Workdays: On-Call Working Hours Start: 7:00 AM Working Hours End: 3:30 PM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: United Healthcare Workers - West Job Level: Entry Level Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Behavioral Health Center Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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