Mental Health Worker Psych

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New Haven, CT
Dec 18, 2018


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
Under the supervision of the Patient Service Manager and the direction of the Registered Nurse, performs specific duties that support patient care. These duties include direct and indirect patient care activities which are essential to providing comprehensive care to patients. The Mental Health Worker, as a result of experience and training in a defined area of practice, is able to perform all requirements of the position at a competent level.
Patient and family centered care (PFCC) at YNHH is demonstrated by working with patients and their families based on the 4 principles of PFCC: participation, dignity and respect, information sharing, and collaboration. This includes providing service excellence by creating a great "First Impression" by demonstrating exemplary customer service skills for all customer groups including patients, families/friends, physicians, staff and support department personnel.
Adheres to the "I Am YNHH" service excellence pledge and promotes a positive work environment.
  • 1. Provides individualized patient care to ensure the safety and dignity of the patient.
  • 1.1. Collaborates with members of multidisciplinary team offering suggestions and recommendations on addressing patient/family needs.
  • 1.2. Follows the patient care plan preserving patients' safety, dignity and autonomy.
  • 1.3. Assists the RN in obtaining specimens within 24 hours of orders; obtains and records accurate I&O
    data and accurately records behavioral scale observations, while preserving patient's safety, dignity
    and autonomy.
  • 1.4. Teaches and assists patients with activities of daily living while preserving patient safety, dignity and
  • 1.5. Collaborates with the Nurse to assist in the development and ongoing evaluation of the patient's plan
    of care and development of discharge plan.
  • 1.6. Notifies the patient's nurse of any changes in the patient's physical/ psychiatric condition and requests
    assessment by the primary/associate hospital
  • 1.7. Collaborates with the nurse to assist patient in undergoing testing and consultations in other areas of
    the hospital
  • 1.8. In concert with the nurse, develops alliances with the patient's family; participates in teaching
    behavioral techniques consistent with the NCP and in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team.
  • 1.9. Performs vital signs as delegated by RN
  • 1.10. Obtains point of care testing as delegated by the RN: blood glucose, and urine HCG as appropriate for patient care unit.
  • 1.11. Documents patient care and action in the patient record , in a clear, conscise manner.
  • 1.12. Performs EKGs and Phlebotomy if deemed competent
  • 1.13. Effectively assists in the care of patients with consideration for the safety of key populations as appropriate.
  • 1.14. Under the direction of the Clinical Nurse, performs technical duties and selected treatments, procedures
    and activities which contribute to safe and efficient delivery of patient care.
  • 2. Assists the nursing staff in maintaining a therapeutic milieu to ensure the care and treatment of patients.
  • 2.1. Acts as a facilitator/co-facilitator in select unit based task oriented and /or recreation groups.
  • 2.2. Engages in anticipatory planning and problem solving in collaboration with the registered nurse and Milieu Counselor (MC) within the milieu/environment
  • 2.3. Initiates patient activities and social interactions in individual and group situations consistent with the nursing plan of care
  • 2.4. Provides environmental and emotional safety for each patient under direction of the Registered Nurse.
  • 2.5. Maintains a clean and safe patient environment
  • 3. Participates in unit activities that promote a cohesive group.
  • 3.1. Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings and if unable to attend, reads and signs minutes.
  • 3.2. Participates in and attends nursing staff meetings as scheduled and if unable to attend, reads and
    signs minutes.
  • 3.3. Participates in unit based activities that have a positive impact on unit practice (e.g., collaborates with
    licensed staff on inservice presentations, policy development task force, etc.)
  • 3.4. Maintains all mandatory continuing education classes and attends three (3) hours of inservice classes
    yearly. If attends conferences outside of unit will bring information back to be shared.
  • 3.5. Attends nursing supervision as scheduled and seeks supervision from RN, Psychiatric Service SLE,
    Nurse Manager, as appropriate.
    Other information:


    Graduation from high school supplemented by at least two (2) years of college or related experience.
    Hours for this position are: Part time 11:00pm-7:30am every weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


    A minimum of one (1) year experience in a psychiatric facility, i.e., an inpatient unit or an outpatient psychiatric clinic.


    Ability to deal effectively with agitated or aggressive and potentially violent patients. Excellent interpersonal skills.

    Incumbent is held accountable for assisting in the development and maintenance of a therapeutic milieu through active interaction with patients and their families. Maintain confidentiality of patient information.

    Coordinate and respond to the needs of the patients, their families as directed the registered nurse.

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    Job Info

    Job: 3524

    Department: Transitional Youth
    Category: Behav Hlt/soc Work
    Hours: 24.00

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