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Psychiatric Technician

Douglas County


Job title:
Psychiatric Technician

Job level:

Job description:

Primary Function:
Incumbent works under the direction of a Psychiatric Registered Nurse or designee, performing basic nursing care duties and providing needs and comfort of patients in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Douglas County Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).

Douglas County is an EOE – Disability/Veterans

Salary Range: $ 20.64 – $ 26.09 /hour

Essential Functions:
*Perform clinical activities based on patient treatment plan.
*Establish and maintain effective work relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, and the public.
*Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, County policies, department policies and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful and quality work environment.
*Attend shift report meetings exchanging information and providing continuity of care.
*Obtain, document, and chart patients’ vital signs and other data (e.g. height, weight, BMI).
*Observe psychosocial interactions, reporting changes/abnormal behavior to Supervisor.
*Perform housekeeping activities.
*Engage individuals in an empathetic/accepting manner to develop therapeutic relationships.
*Deescalate situations with patients.
*Actively participate in patient activities, fostering conducive therapies and healing (e.g. goal setting, goal review, 1 to 1, groups, therapeutic, recreational activities).
*Supervise patients’ personal care routines, providing assistance and obtaining specimens.
*Monitor patient nutrition, recording all caloric intake and output.
*Adhere to department procedures, protocols, and methods (e.g. hand washing, isolation procedures, universal precautions, handling chemicals and biohazards).
*Participate in patient admissions (e.g. completing paperwork, obtaining photo, documenting/storing patient belongings, orienting patient and family).
*Monitor closed-circuit television (CCT) panel.
*Assist with transferring patients using proper body mechanics/transfer techniques.
*Develop therapeutic relationships with patients, maintaining a professional attitude toward clients and treating them with empathy and respect.
*Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on County business.
*Report to work with regular, consistent attendance.
*Perform other duties as directed and assigned.

*High school diploma or equivalent required.***
*Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training within 6 months of hire required.
*Completion of a pre-employment criminal record check, conditional offer drug screen and physical assessment required.
***Equivalent combination of education and work experience may be substituted for requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Positions available:

Posted on:
January 18, 2024

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