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Mental Health Assistant

Skagit Regional Health

This is a Full-time position in Mount Vernon, WA posted February 18, 2021.

Job Category Other Technicians & Technologies Position Mental Health Assistant Req Code 19359 Location Skagit Valley Hospital Job Summary MISSION: To improve the health of our community, serving with compassion and respect, one person at a time. VISION: Working together, Skagit Regional Health will transform healthcare by improving access, service, quality and efficiency in support of our goal of a healthier community. The information described in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Supports the therapeutic team by providing clinical support through implementation of individual treatment plans. Works effectively and cooperatively within the workplace. Location/Department specific tasks and competencies may apply. Environmental Factors – Essential Functions Actively participate in all team, clinical, group and community meetings. Document patient information in medical record. Collect vital signs as directed by RN. Orient patients to the environment upon admission. Document patient belongings as part of the intake process. May assist in data collection to support quality improvement as directed by the organization/unit. Maintain the ability to manage patients experiencing psychiatric crisis through utilizing appropriate de-escalation techniques. Maintain the ability to motivate patients, through individual and group activities. Maintain knowledge of basic psychiatric terminology. Utilize strong observation skills related to changes in patient and milieu environment. Maintain ability to work within a physically demanding environment including: to push wheelchairs, stretchers and lift, position, and assist while restraining patients according to hospital policy. Remain competent in conducting a suicidal and violence screening. Maintain ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Office (Outlook) and department specific software applications to perform work. Communicate effectively and cooperatively in the workplace. Actively contribute to the achievement of Quality Improvement and Lean Process Improvement activities. Complete all mandatory learning requirements in a timely manner. Maintain current licensure and/or certification as required. Attend and actively participate in all department, team and/or committee meetings. Comply with all Skagit Regional Health, department and location specific policies and procedures. Works with Psychiatric patients in the Mental Health Center and the Emergency Department. Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor or designee. Minimum Physical Requirements – Education Associate’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or behavioral health related field preferred. Experience/Training Minimum two (2) years patient care experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for requirement. License/Certification Current Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration required within ninety (90) days of hire. Current American Heart Association (AHA) healthcare provider BLS certification required. Hospital de-escalation training required. Other Qualifications Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required. Must be able to effectively utilize Microsoft Office applications to perform work. Well developed problem solving and analytical skills required. Must be able to effectively prioritize workload amongst frequent interruptions with competing priorities. Demonstrated ability to manage patients through appropriate utilization of de-escalation techniques. Ability to motivate patients through individual and group activities. Must possess a working knowledge of basic psychiatric terminology. Must be able to work in a physically demanding environment. Demonstrates competency in conducting suicidal and violence screening. Ability to coordinate work schedule with requirements of position (may include overtime and weekend work).