The MHS III is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorder, ensuring the well-being of the patients.Â The MHS III is also responsible for providing leadership and direction to MHS I and MHS II staff based upon experience and special training in the various areas of mental health service delivery (i.e. group therapy, milieu management, diagnostic based training, grief and loss, etc.)Â Because the purpose of the MHS III is to provide leadership and training in the provision of care, there are a limited number of positions available and the position is awarded based on special application.Â The MHS III will work cooperatively under the Unit Nurse and if the situation arises, the MHS III/CT. â€‹
Assumes a leadership role in the organization by leading the MHS staff, coordinating MHS assignments with the Unit Nurse, role models appropriate communication with other team members.
Provides immediate supervision and direction of MHS staff as assigned by the Nurse/Nurse Manager.
Provides input for 90-day and annual evaluations of MHS staff along with the Nurse/Nurse Manager; provides formal training to staff members to ensure they are competent to perform assigned duties; gives appropriate and timely feedback to staff regarding patient care duties, documentation, milieu management, and other aspects of the job.
Takes a leadership role in identifying patientâ€™s problems, needs, and strengths and works closely with RN to ensure intervention is carried out; provides verbal input into the development of treatment plan goals and interventions and ensures it is properly documented and followed.
Provides input to Masterâ€™s degreed staff on the formulation of special programs and ensures they are consistently and fairly implemented.
Serves as a liaison between the MHS Staff and the Nurse/Nurse Manager regarding patient care concerns; safely escorts patients within and outside the hospital.
Ensures staff adheres to guidelines for patients on special status, i.e. suicide, one-to-one, sexual or AWOL precautions.
Displays and monitors unit activities to ensure good boundaries in maintaining professional relationships with patients.
Teaches MHS staff by role modeling and mentoring to assist patients in following community rules/guidelines and in forming positive peer relationships; drives milieu management by maintaining adherence to patient schedule.
Monitors MHS staff documentation to ensure patient location log, 1:1 and status based check sheets are completed on a continuous observation basis; ensuring end of shift progress notes are complete, legible, and accurate.
Leads an effective team to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior.
Has completed, or will complete at the next available date, de-escalation trainer courses; ensures training techniques are followed during any physical interventions.
Attends change of shift reports if possible, or provides accurate information to the Nurse/Nurse Manager before report.