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Mental Health Associate

Job Details

Hiring Organization The Mount Sinai Hospital
Post Name Mental Health Associate
Qualification Associates degree or equivalent
Industry Private
Employment Type Part Time
Work Hours 4 Hours
Salary USD 30 To USD 35 Per Hour
Location New York City, New York, United States 10029

Job Description

Roles & Responsibilities:

Mental Health Associate is an individual who functions in both support and collaborative role with the Registered Professional Nurse by providing direct care to individuals and to groups of psychiatric patients within the Psychiatry Care Center.

Requirements:

  • Organize and implement group activities in conjunction with the unit program and other staff. Participate in clinical specialty performance improvement activities
  • Escorts patients to required activities, such as court hearings. Facilitates the patient’s transition toward discharge.
  • Provides direct physical care, and/or one-to-one observation to selected patients under the supervision
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of desired effects and side effects of psychotropic medication.
  • Reports pertinent information and observations regarding patients, families, and visitors. Communicates information and basic instructions to patients, families, and visitors
  • Obtains and records blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration rate in accordance with hospital policy. Document care is administered according to policy.
  • Assists patients with activities of daily living including feeding, bathing, ambulation and mobilization, and application of mechanical safeguards.
  • Demonstrates safe use of equipment, and safety precautions in all aspects of patient care activities (e.g. restraints applications, transportation)
  • Demonstrates awareness of the effect of the physiological changes (decrease vision, hearing, and speaking) when utilizing verbal / written skills to communicate with the elderly
  • Select toys and playroom activities consistent with the age and development stage of the child/adolescent patient. Maintains cleanliness of toys
  • Assists in restraining patients and providing monitoring and comfort to those patients in restraint
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care, based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients served in the assigned area
  • Recognizes changes in a patient’s mental status, sharing findings with the primary nurse.
  • Participate in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings as assigned. Attends nursing care conferences. Establish and foster collegial, therapeutic relationships with peers, support staff, and other disciplines.
  • Performs environmental/patient safety rounds and implements a higher level of observation in emergencies. Immediately reports any need for increased observation to the clinical nurse for further assessment.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic skills in crisis intervention. Demonstrate basic knowledge of DSM-IV diagnoses.
  • Performs phlebotomy, EKG, and other procedures, as assigned.

Education Requirements:

  • Associates degree or equivalent

Experience Requirements:

  • Prior healthcare experience with demonstrated competency in a psychiatric setting is preferred.

Certification Requirements:

  • BLS certification

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key drivers for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education, and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together. We invite you to participate actively as a part of the Mount Sinai Health System team by:

  • Using a lens of equity in all aspects of patient care delivery, education, and research to promote policies and practices to allow opportunities for all to thrive and reach their potential
  • Serving as a role model confronting racist, sexist, or other inappropriate actions by speaking up, challenging exclusionary organizational practices, and standing side-by-side in support of colleagues who experience discrimination
  • Inspiring and fostering an environment of anti-racist behaviors among and between departments and co-workers
  • We work hard to acquire and retain the best people and to create an inclusive, welcoming, and nurturing work environment where all feel they are valued, belong, and are able to professionally advance. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, contribute to the patient experience and quality of patient care.

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