Mental Health Technician-GeriPsych Unit

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Summary:

Certified nursing assistants/Mental health technicians must have plenty of compassion and patience, the ability to handle stressful and demanding situations, and a deep level of concern for others. Good 

Position:

Answer patients’ calls for assistance, take their vital signs, and monitor their behavior and physical condition for progress or deterioration.

Work under the supervision of an experienced nurse, and report any problems or worsening in a patient’s condition to the program staff.

Monitor and observe clients’ health status and physical care needs at admission and while clients are in the program.

Function as a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team and perform administrative, clerical, and other tasks according to program policy.

Take vitals (blood-pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration). Measuring statistics. Recording intake and output, height, and weight.

Help patients with ADLs, transfer from chair to wheel chair or from sitting to standing, ambulating in unit, etc.

Know and follow proper protocol in avoiding the spread of germs and spores which transport diseases.

Observe the client and surroundings assists the nurse to assess the progress of the client as well as any needs the client might have. The certified nursing assistant will also observe and remove any potential hazards which could cause accidents.

Communicate among the treatment team, of which the MHT is a vital part, is critical. Timely and precise communication is a key element in avoiding errors in client treatment. The CNA is trained in documentation, in observation, and in reporting, both to the nurse as well as to therapist.

Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED.

State approved nursing assistant or mental health technician programs.Certification exams must be passed before any CNA/MHT can work in their respective positions

Current CPR Certification

Acute-care clinical and/or psychiatric nursing experience required.

CPI Certification, refresher and new certifiction training provided at orientation.

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