Mental Health Associate - Per Diem - Norcap
The Mental Health Associate (MHA) is responsible for performnig duties necessary to maintain a safe and therapeutic milieu on a Substance Use Disorder detoxification unit . Under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, the MHA will assist the nurse with care of patient's whose needs do not require complex nursing skill.
*Assists the treatment team to establish, monitor and maintain a therapeutic recovery environment by functioning in the various rotating role assignments: Community MHA, Patient Flow MHA or Swing MHA.
*Provides for basic hygiene care for selected patients who do not require complex nursing care as directed by nursing.
*Performs clothing and patient belongings search on admission according to policies and procedures and completes all the documentation requirements associated with securing patients' belongings.
*Responds to crisis or emergency situations. Defuses situations and summons assistance as necessary.
*Reports all patient safety concerns, including behavior, to the Charge Nurse.
*Demonstrates courtesy, tact, and professional behavior in relationships with patients, families and other staff members.
*Documents hourly patient checks.
*Reviews patient status with nursing and counseling when appropriate.
*Communicates clearly any change in patient condition promptly to the registered nurse.
*Provides authorized transport services as needed.
*Maintains confidentiality of patient information.
*Participates in quality improvement activities.
*Performs other duties as assigned.