The Mental Health Associate I participates as a member of the care team by assisting in the planning, providing, and evaluating of psychiatric patient care under the direction of the Registered Nurse. The Mental Health Associate I participates with the multidisciplinary treatment team by assisting in the development of the multidisciplinary plan according to departmental standards. This position provides direct patient care as needed, to include patient orientation to the unit, assisting with activities of daily living, taking vital signs, reporting observations to the nurse, and participating in unit activities.
This position delivers care in a prompt and professional manner, always maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and respect. The Mental Health Associate I works as part of the multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of the customer and to support departmental objectives. This position provides quality customer service, participates in performance improvement efforts and assumes responsibility for professional growth and development. QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in a mental health related field required.
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: CPR Certified required within 6 months from date of hire. Certified Prevention Intervention Annual Education preferred. Annual Education requirements are tracked by department leadership annually. Valid NJ Driver's License required.
EXPERIENCE: 1-2 years mental health or related experience required. Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire; incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and then skill will be required for this position within 30-60 days from date of hire.
Demonstrates the competencies as listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool for this position.
Potential for exposure to the hazards of the hospital environment, such as exposure to infectious disease, blood-borne pathogens, hazardous waste, and potential injury. This position requires considerable standing, reaching and walking. The ability to lift up to 50 lbs is required.
Essential functions of this position are listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.
This position reports to department leadership.
The above statement reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
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