Mental Health Worker I
Location: Sharon, Connecticut US
Requisition Number: 13511
Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations.
The Mental Health Worker (MHW) provides direct and indirect patient care under the direction of an RN or physician. Assists patients with activities of daily living, provides for personal care, emotional support and performs more complex clinical skills under the direction of an RN. Population served based on scope of services in the department.
Position Duties May Include:
Performs patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patient's age.
Provides care appropriate to condition and age of patient, including pediatric, geriatric and the general patient population.
Provides patient care that meets the psychosocial and physical needs of the patient within the MHW's scope of practice.
Assists with patient admissions, discharge and transfers.
Provides morning care which may include bed bath, shower, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patients, changing bed linen, cleaning overbed table and bedside stand, straightening room and other general care as necessary throughout the shift.
Provides evening care which includes hands/face washing as needed, oral hygiene, back rubs, peri-care, freshening linen, cleaning overbed tables, straightening room and other general care as needed.
Provides general assistance such as positioning patients, lifting and turning patients, assisting in use of bedpan, commode and ambulating patients.
Prepares patients for meals; serves and removes food trays and assists with meals or feeds patients if necessary.
Distributes drinking water and snacks to patients as applicable.
Answers patients' call lights, anticipates patients' needs and makes rounds of assigned patients.
Performs 15 minute safety checks and/or 1:1 observation of patients as per MD orders
Runs sensory, recreation, activity and/or cognitive stimulation groups as assigned.
Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, blood pressure and intake-output. Notifies appropriate licensed personnel with variations to normal limits.
Reports patient complaint of pain to supervising RN.
Observes patient's mental and physical conditions, reports any changes to supervising RN.
Knowledgeable of sterile techniques and infection control procedures.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Knowledgeable about behaviors and statements that indicate elevated safety risk, including suicide, homicide and psychosis. Communicates in a clear and concise manner to RNs and medical staff.
Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments.
Documentation meets current standards and policies.
Attends in-service education programs, as assigned, to learn new treatments, procedures, developmental skills etc.
Treat patient and families with respect and dignity.
Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly.
Performs Hourly Patient Rounding as required by guidelines and standards.
Uses the principles of AIDET in every customer encounter
Performs Other duties as assigned or requested
Education and Experience Requirements:
• High School diploma or equivalent. • Minimum of one (1) year experience working in Behavior Health or long-term care. Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements: • Basic computer knowledge License, Registration, or Certification Requirements: • BLS Certification within 90 days of hire. • CPI Certification within 30 days of hire. • PREFER: CT, MA or NY CNA Certification.
Location: Sharon-Sharon Hospital 50 Hospital Hill Road
Work Type: Full-Time
Standard Hours: 12.00
Work Schedule: Night 12
Work Shift: 1845-0715
Org Unit: 938
Department: Psych Unit
EOE, including disability/vets.
We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable accommodation requests only). Please provide all information requested to assure that you are considered for current or future opportunities.
Community / Marketing Title: Mental Health Worker I
Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network have combined to form a new nonprofit health system. The name for the new health system will be Nuvance Health. The new health system was created to provide communities across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible and affordable care.
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Location_formattedLocationLong: Sharon, Connecticut US
Job Number: 41026