The Mental Health Specialist I is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorders ensuring the safety and well being of patients by supporting the maintenance of therapeutic milieu. Additionally, the MHS I:
Helps identify patients' problems, needs, and strengths.
Ensures that interventions are based on familiarity with patient history, assessment, and treatment plans.
Observes patients for changes that require immediate intervention and take appropriate action; continually assess behaviors that indicate changes in the patient behavior; adheres to guidelines for patients on special status i.e. suicide, sexual, assaultive behavior, or AWOL precautions.
Assists patients with activities of daily living (such as room cleaning, grooming, etc.).
Assists patients in following community rules and guidelines and in forming positive peer relationships.
Displays professional boundaries in relationships with patients at all times.
Communicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness, and desire to positively impact patient's treatment.
Provides accurate information on shift-to-shift report and remains on the unit while incoming shift is in report.
Maintains patient, program, department and related documentations ensuring that documentation is timely, accurate and legible.
Completes relevant flow sheets and other medical records forms legibly, accurately, and in a timely manner.
Ensures patient location log, 1:1, and status based check sheets are completed on a continuous basis.
Ensures documentations requiring patient and/or family/guardians signatures are completed in a timely manner.
Understands and implements appropriate action to avoid power struggles with patients; works as an effective team member to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior.
Maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for patients.
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