As a Mental Health Technician, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, you'll evaluate patients physical and mental states every day, taking vital signs and noting levels of mental alertness and functioning. The Mental Health Technican will help patients with personal hygiene activities. You may also be asked to administer, evaluate and assess medications given to patients. In crisis situations, you will be involved in crisis resolution and management. You will frequently communicate with interdisciplinary team members and families to update them on your patients status. It is important that you be observant and detail-oriented with a calm demeanor and excellent social skills.
Provides direct patient care under supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Carries out procedures under supervision of Registered Nurse including special precautions, Handle with Care skills and seclusion and restraint correctly and safely.
Documents all pertinent clinical information on a daily basis, including all unusual incidents.
Completes documentation for Seclusion/Restraint and Special Precautions accurately.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
Variable days and nights
High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience)
1 year relevant industry experience
Department/ Unit Summary:
Our mental health technicians care for children ages 4-12 and adolescents ages 13-17 with many different emotional or behavior problems, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. We are Middle Tennessee’s only provider of inpatient mental health services for children.
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PATIENT ASSESSMENT - (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):
- Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with patient assessments.
PATIENT DIAGNOSIS (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):
- Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with patient diagnosis.
PATIENT DOCUMENTATION - (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):
- Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with patient documentation.
ENVIRONMENT OF CARE (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):
- Has limited experience or training working with set up and maintenance of patient exam rooms, supplies and equipment.
Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team's performance with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work:
Utilizes some discretion and research to solve routine problems.
Breadth of Knowledge:
Applies knowledge of standards, established processes and procedure that apply to your own job.
Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (S2):
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (S2):
- Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships : Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
- Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (S2):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
- Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns tosupervisors in a timely manner.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (S2):
- Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (S2):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.
- Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
- Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
- Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
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US News & World Report:
#1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics:
among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review:
one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group:
grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health:
among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science:
12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program:
Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal:
Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association:
among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year relevant industry
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):
Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.
Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
Sitting: Remaining in seated position
Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
Walking: Moving about on foot.
Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.
Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.
Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.