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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION Psychiatric Nursing Asst I in BIG SPRING, Texas

Job/Position DescriptionAre you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Psychiatric Nursing Assistant I performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) habilitative and rehabilitative patient care services work. Work involves providing health and personal care services to patients; observing, reporting, and documenting patient conditions and behaviors; and intervening in medical /psychiatric emergencies. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job FunctionsAttends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. 1. Uses therapeutic communication skills in promptly and effectively engaging patients to assist them in meeting the objectives of their individual treatment plans. If working nights, maintains a quiet and restful environment to promote patientand#146;s rest and sleep. 2. Monitors patients as assigned and provide observation to ensure the health and safety of all persons. 3. Provides supportive age specific care to patients assigned by the Licensed Nurse or designee(s) and assists patients with activities of daily living, hygiene and eating in order to promote independence. 4. Serves as a liaison to the treatment team, providing on-going, verbal and written communication concerning patientand#146;s progress or lack thereof, to individualized goals. Contributes and follow patientand#146;s safety plan. 5. Possesses knowledge of basic computer skills and reporting and documentation procedures are done clearly and concisely in a timely manner. 6. Assists the licensed nurse in preparing patients for medication administration or treatment. Includes taking and monitoring vital signs and performing other assigned tasks within competency level. 7. Actively promotes safety through the continuous monitoring of the environment and active engagement of patients to minimize unsafe situations and injuries. 8. Assist in facilitating programming offered on unit or at the facility. May co-facilitate groups as assigned or requested and encourages patients to attend. 9. Exhibits proficiency in crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation and the application of TIPS and other more restrictive interventions under the direct supervision of a RN/MD in order to avert crisis situations and to ensure the health and safety of all persons. Demonstrates a commitment to a culture that minimizes restrictive interventions. 10. Performs CPR/Heimlich techniques and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) correctly and safety according to the specifications of the American Heart Association. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/CareerPortal/job\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=482237 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

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