Full Job Description
Requisition #: 212867
Title: Mental Health Associate
Department: Nursing/ Emergency Mental Health
Posting Date: 03/10/2021
Shift Length: 8 hours
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus
Participates as a member of the mental health team on an inpatient and/or outpatient mental health unit. Provides direct patient care including treatment planning, implementing plans, documentation, and milieu safety assessments and activities such as group activities.
Serves as a member of the Mental Health Team and serves both internal and external customers including patients, families, nurses, physicians and other colleagues who support the delivery of care and services.
Provides clear, timely communication to the Registered Nurse (R.N.) regarding observations and changes seen in the patient. Records behavioral data on appropriate data sheets.
Maintains patient safety by performing patient safety checks, environmental safety rounds, utilizing fall prevention alternative devices/strategies as directed utilizing de-escalation and calming tools and strategies with anxious patients and following the Restraint Policy standards when caring for a restrained patient.
Participates and shares responsibility for the development and maintenance of a safe and therapeutic environment.
Serves as a leader or co-leader for group activities such as goal setting group, dual diagnosis groups, various activity groups, and structuring and supervising recreational activities. Handles routine situations and must request assistance from identified resources when more direction is needed.
Associates Degree required
Current Basic Life Support or Heart Savor certification required within one month as a condition of employment
Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Medical terminology and computer skills preferred
Ability to read, write and communicate in English in a clear and concise manner.
Must have effective interpersonal skills to provide respectful, culturally and age appropriate communication with patients, staff, visitors and others.
Must demonstrate effective problem-solving abilities for routine situations.
Must have ability to read, write and communicate in English in a clear and concise manner.
Two year’s experience in a health-related field preferred.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.