Under close supervision, responsible for providing a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients. Provides direct patient care and may conduct therapeutic group sessions under the direction and supervision of the RN. Provides input to the RN to help develop the plan of care and assists in carrying out the plan of care for assigned patients. Assists with the admission of new patients and orients new patients and families to the unit.
* Assists with admissions, discharges, transfers and appropriate documentation. * Performs transportation responsibilities when requested; transporting patients from one area to another; delivering laboratory specimens, blood products, medications and other hospital/medical items to the requested departments as needed; and includes access to the pneumatic tube system to transport items, including blood products and medications, to and from the tube and the desired location.* Obtains vital signs on assigned adolescent adult, and geriatric patients. * Differentiates normal from abnormal findings and reports abnormal values or conditions to the RN. (EX. abnormal vital signs, safety concerns, family issues.) .* Provides care to patients in seclusion/restraint according to 27-10 regulations and department policy and procedure.* Collects laboratory specimens on assigned patients as directed by RN staff.* Is aware of legal aspects of care as defined by C.S. 27-10 including patients' rights.* Promotes positive interpersonal (customer) relationships with fellow employees, physicians, patients and visitors. Treats these individuals with courtesy, dignity, empathy and respect; consistently displays courteous and respectful verbal and non-verbal communications. * Adheres to, complies with and demonstrates support for the mission and values of Denver Health.* Supports and adheres to the Denver Health Values of Trust, Respect, & Excellence. * Ensures confidentiality of patient information by creating and maintaining a secure and trusting environment by not sharing information learned on the job, except when necessary in the performance of the job responsibilities or to improve a patient's care. * Adheres to Denver Health and departmental attendance guidelines.* Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
* Demonstrates sensitivity in dealing with the psychiatric patient population which requires very specific communication skills as directed by the plan of care and ability to deal with milieu management.* Knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. * Skill in assisting patients with daily activities. Human relations and effective communication skills. * Ability to demonstrate and maintain clinic competency. * Ability to observe and document the patient's behavior. * Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
* High School Diploma or GED (Required) Education 1. High school diploma or GED, required. 2. Bachelor's degree, preferred. Experience 1. Two years of experience as a Behavioral Health Tech or similar related area, preferred. 2. Three years of experience working with Behavioral Health Patients will waive certification requirements below. * Associate's Degree
* Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) from American Heart Association (Required) Certificate/License/Registration: 1. American Heart-HCP, BLS/CPR, required. 2. One of the following, required: * Possession of a current Colorado Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or * Other current health technology certificate or * Enrollment in an accredited school of nursing: in the final year of the program or * Certified Addictions Counselor, level one (CAC-1 or greater) or * Degree in a related field such as psychology, counseling or clinical social work (AA, BA or BS or higher) All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment. Certificate/License/Registration: 1. American Heart-HCP, BLS/CPR, required. 2. One of the following, required: * Possession of a current Colorado Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or * Other current health technology certificate or * Enrollment in an accredited school of nursing: in the final year of the program or * Certified Addictions Counselor, level one (CAC-1 or greater) or * Degree in a related field such as psychology, counseling or clinical social work (AA, BA or BS or higher) All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment. * Certified Addiction Counselor I
Work Type Full time
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
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We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
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Take your career to the next level at Denver Health, where we offer a robust benefits package and endless opportunities for growth. Denver Health is a nationally-ranked, locally-trusted, premier healthcare institution located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 150,000 individuals, receive their health care here. We are known as an integrated health care system that encompasses multidisciplinary academic specialties, a community health system, a level I adult trauma center, pediatric emergency and urgent care center home to Denver Public Health and many of the nation’s leaders in medicine.