Mental Health Technician - Inpatient Behavioral Health
Akron Children's Hospital
Location: Akron, Ohio
Internal Number: 10765
About Akron Children's Hospital
Akron Children's Hospital has been caring for children since 1890, and our pediatric specialties are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. With two hospital campuses, regional health centers and more than 50 primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we're making it easier for today's busy families to find the high-quality care they need. In 2020, our health care system provided more than 1.1 million patient encounters. We also operate neonatal and pediatric units in the hospitals of our regional health care partners. Every year, our Children's Home Care Group nurses provide thousands of in-home visits, and our School Health nurses manage clinic visits for students from preschool through high school. With our Quick Care Online virtual visits and Akron Children's Anywhere app, we're here for families whenever and wherever they need us. Learn more at akronchildrens.org.
To treat every child as we would our own
To treat others as they would like to be treated
To turn no child away for any reason
Prior to the start date, full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment. Full vaccination is defined as 14 days after the last received vaccination. Boosters are excluded from this requirement.
We are seeking people who are committed to fostering a diverse environment in which patients, family and staff from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, included and can thrive.
Night Shift 1900-0730
Rotation of weekends and holidays
The Mental Health Technician, under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse, supports and assists in the care and treatment of children and adolescents, age 5-17, admitted to the inpatient behavioral health unit or emergency department.
Collects data and contributes to the assessment, planning, intervening and evaluation of individualized care and plan of care for assigned patients. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for the physical, psychological, social, educational, and safety needs of the patients served regardless of age.
Provides direct care to patients according to Hospital policy and procedure as delegated, and as a team, with licensed RNs.  Assists the nurse and other direct care staff in the provision of physical care and clinical intervention as assessed by client needs.
Facilitate or co-facilitate psychoeducational and therapeutic activity groups effectively. Plan and participate in educational, social and recreational activities for individuals and groups of patients in accordance with treatment plan goals.
Documents in the medical record according to established policies.
Encourages patients to perform or assists them in the performance of activities of daily living.
Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment. Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
Maintains on-going communication with the treatment team and charge nurse regarding observations of patients' medical and behavioral symptoms and the care provided. Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.
Manage crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.
Takes initiative to ensure that unit environment is maintained. Provides instruction to patients and their families under the direction of the RN. May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol.
Demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity.
Conduct proactive safety rounds throughout the units, monitoring the milieu. Conduct Environmental Safety Rounds each shift and document/report any unsafe conditions as well as any security violations. Monitor visiting hour activity assuring no visiting takes place in patient rooms, no contraband is passed off by visitors to patients, and milieu remains calm.
Other duties as required.
Experience working with multidisciplinary teams.
Proficiency in computerized documentation is preferred.
Experience in healthcare is preferred.
Education and Experience
Education: High School Diploma or equivalent is required Current enrollment in an undergraduate degree for counseling, psychology, social work or related degree, or nursing required. Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Certification: BLS certification through the American Heart Association is required.
Years of experience: 0 to 2 years experience
Years of experience supervising: None
Akron Children's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities.
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