Full Job Description
Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS 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.
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 lesser restrictive environment. As an integral member of the treatment team, provides verbal and supportive documentation concerning individual patient behaviors, progress or lack thereof, towards individualized goals of the treatment plan. Is an active participant in shift reports and treatment team meetings? Performs any combination of nursing duties commensurate with competency. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative 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 hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. HIPPA Access: Health Care: PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPPA 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.
1. Monitors patients as assigned and provide observation and care of patients served in order to ensure the health and safety of patients. Performs Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Heimlich techniques correctly and safely according to the specifications of the American Heart Association.
2. Reporting and documentation procedures are accurate and completed in a timely manner to ensure the health and safety of patients.
3. Assists patients with activities of daily living, hygiene, and eating in order to promote independence and self-care and to meet the patient’s personal needs by coaching, modeling and assisting.
4. Exhibits proficiency in crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, and Treatment, Intervention, Protection Strategies (TIPS),in order to avert crisis situations and to ensure the health and safety of patients.
5. Utilizes therapeutic communication skills in interactions with patients in various age groups and interacts with patients in a caring, respectful manner in order to promote the healing process and return of the patient to the least restrictive environment.
6. Performs routine clerical tasks in order to maintain the orderly and efficient functioning of the unit.
7. If working nights, maintains a quiet and restful environment to promote patient’s rest and sleep by utilizing therapeutic interventions with patients exhibiting altered sleep patterns.
8. Attends mandatory training in order to ensure staff competence and development. Attends and participates in on-going in-service and other education and training programs appropriate to the population/age group in order to meet the physical, psychosocial and cultural needs of patients.
9. Will observe, promote and obey the safety rules applicable to all aspects of facility and department operations as described, (or referenced, in the Safety Management Program SOP 300-41) to ensure no injuries occur to self, other staff, consumers and visitors due to the failure to follow facility standards.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1. Knowledge of patient care techniques and of treatment, therapy, and developmental programs.
2. Knowledge of basic computer use.
3. Ability to read, write and understand English so as to effectively communicate and carry out verbal and written instructions.
4. Ability to work with others and accept supervision.
5. Ability to physically and mentally be able to perform Treatment, Intervention, Protection Strategies (TIPS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)and other tasks assigned.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent.
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.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
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.
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.