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Mental Health Worker

Primary Location Santa Clara, California Worker Location Onsite Job Number 1268401 Date posted 04/12/2024
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Job Summary:

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.

Grade 375

Basic Qualifications:

  • 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.


  • Associates Degree or an equivalent of two years college course work in nursing, the social or behavioral sciences.
License, Certification, Registration
  • Basic Life Support
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 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Night Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 11:00 PM Working Hours End: 07:30 AM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: A01|SEIU|United Healthworkers Job Level: Entry Level Department: Santa Clara Behavioral Health - Psych -Closed Unit 1 - 0201 Pay Range: $36.4 - $38.33 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: No On-site: Work location is on-site (KP designated office, medical office building or hospital). Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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. Submit Interest