This position serves as a Mental Health Technician that provides technical, patient care, personnel, computer and date management support services for the Nursing Service, Mental Health Unit at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) The primary purpose of this position is to perform a very wide range of patient personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities in a psychiatric or substance abuse treatment unit. The incumbent performs duties in such a way as to encourage patient efforts towards goals for recovery and maintain a safe an therapeutic environment while promoting a sense of worth and dignity for the patient. The incumbent provides personal nursing care to substance abuse and psychiatric patients, and serves as an active, participating member of the health care team. The objectives for care are set in the treatment plan as established by the multidisciplinary treatment team. Major duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to: Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment, instruments and monitors. Maintains a therapeutic and safe ward by identifying, reporting and eliminating potential hazards. Assists with physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of clients receiving medical care for psychiatric or substance abuse treatment. Performs a range of diagnostic support duties such as taking, recording and reporting to RN deviations in vital signs/withdrawal symptoms, collecting and labeling specimens for the laboratory. Demonstrates acceptable behavior as a role model for patient behavior. Secures patient confidence and cooperation during hospital stay, including explaining procedures and guidelines. Provides general clerical administrative support coordination work for the unit. Work Schedule: Day Shift/Night Shift, Weekdays/Weekends/Holidays Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD04463A Physical Requirements: The work requires regular recurring periods of sitting, standing, and walking throughout the unit. The work also requires occasional turning and/or lifting of specific patients. The employee assists with protecting patients, self and other team members from physical harm by agitated, hostile and/or confused patients by therapeutically applying physical restraints, which may require stooping, bending and stretching. Additional Physical Demands:- Requires the strength and stamina to perform duties.- Requires the ability to sit at a desk for long periods of time.- Must be able to walk for 4 hours.- Must be able to stand for 4 hours.- Must be able to perform repeated bending for 2-4 hours.- Intermittently walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, and reach while performing office duties.- Must be able to perform Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over.- Must be able to perform Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over.- Must be able to use hands and fingers, to handle or feel objects, tools or controls.- Must be able to maintain effective audio, visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating office equipment.- Must be able to use a telephone to communicate verbally and a keyboard to communicate through written means, to review information and enter/retrieve data, to see and read characters on a computer screen.- Good Mental and emotional stability.
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