The Mental Health Associate is a caregiver who assists patients with activities of daily living and provides nursing care to non-acutely ill patients under the supervision of the registered professional nurse.
Provides direct care to patients under the supervision of the RN in safe, therapeutic manner that preserves patient rights, respect and dignity. Assists the RN with admission, discharge, and transfer responsibilities as assigned. Assists patients with personal hygiene and ADL activities. Accurately takes and records vital signs (T,P.R, B/P) and weights. Reports vital signs out of normal range to RN. Assists patients with recreational activities. Recognizes changes in patient behavior, such as increasing agitation and/or reality detachments and reports to the RN. Assists the RN in evaluating progress toward goals, and making changes as necessary based on patient need. Contributes to the multidisciplinary treatment plan in discussing patient problems and treatment plan goals/interventions. Assists in identifying the need for crisis intervention. Documents patient response to interventions according to established policy and procedure. Assists in patient/family teaching/reinforcement regarding illness, medication, treatments and coping techniques under the supervision of the RN.
Bachelor's degree in mental health field required. Previous experience as Mental Health Associate highly preferred. Previous experience working with the Behavioral Health patient in a hospital setting preferred. BLS certification required. EKG, phlebotomy experience preferred.