Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 6/24/2020

Mental Health Worker (MHW), Patient Sitters Department, 40 hours per week, Night Shift (11:00PM to 7:30AM), every other weekend.

I. Position Function:

Under the direction of the Patient Care Director of his/her Registered Nurse designee, the Mental Health Worker (MHW) performs a variety of duties related to the clinical care of psychiatric patients.

II. Job Relationships:

Supervised by and/or reportable to the following by job category:

  • Patient Care Director and his/her Registered Nurse designee.
  • Routinely interacts and collaborates with members of the psychiatric interdisciplinary
  • Treatment team including nurses, medical staff, social workers, and OT and RT. staff.

III. Authority:

  • None

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers, and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards.
  • Participates in patient admission and discharge process by performing the following duties:
    • Accurately obtains and records admission vital signs, height and weight, and documents these on the Nursing Assessment Form.
    • Records and processes patient belongings and valuables on admission and at discharge.
    • Orients patients to the physical layout of the unit, milieu staff, unit rules, schedules and
    • Patient’s rights, and documents this on the Nursing Assessment form.
  • Participates in implementing the interdisciplinary treatment plan for individual patients by performing the following duties:
    • Accurately monitors, reports, and documents routine vital signs as assigned.
    • Accurately monitors, reports and documents patient intake and output as assigned.
    • Assists with the collection of routine specimens.
    • Assists in all aspects of basic nursing care utilizing, i.e., bed-making, patient transfers with knowledge of proper body mechanics.
    • Assists patients as needed with activities of daily living (ADLs) including eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, ambulating and all aspects of personal hygiene and care.
    • Assists and monitors patient's adherence to pre and post-test protocols and ECT procedures as determined by the Registered Nurse.
    • Escorts patients to and from unit for tests and activities as needed.
    • Performs and documents patient safety checks at scheduled intervals per assignment.
    • Performs 1:1 observation for high risk patients as assigned.
    • Participates in limit setting with patients and other de-escalation techniques.
    • Assists in a team approach to provide physical control of patients in a crisis situation, including assisting with implementation of restraints and/or seclusion.
    • Assists in medical emergencies as directed.
    • Monitors and promptly communicates all observations or information relative to patient's safety or clinical status or treatment to Patient Care Director or his/her Registered Nurse designee and documents information as needed in Progress Notes.
    • Prepares daily patient related information sheets as assigned.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning meetings and patient conferences by sharing patient related observations/information.
    • May co-lead community meeting and therapeutic groups for patients as designated by the Patient Care Director.
  • Participates in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment on the unit by the following:
    • Monitors the overall milieu per assignment and reports any patient or environmental issues which might impact on patient care or patient/staff safety.
    • Maintains proper professional demeanor with patients, families, visitors, and co-workers.
    • Utilizes principles of Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) in managing high risk situations.
    • Assists in maintaining cleanliness, sanitation and orderliness of unit.
  • Is dependable and punctual in reporting to work.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

  • Functions as a resource person for orienting staff, students, visitors and families.
  • Assists with answering unit phone and monitoring access to the unit when needed.
  • Performs related duties as needed.

V. Reporting Requirements:

  • Reports immediately to the Patient Care Director or his/her Registered Nurse designee, the following:
    • Any unusual occurrence related to patients, staff, self, or visitor.
    • Any change or question of change in a patient's clinical condition.
    • Incidents and/or breaches in quality of care.
    • Incidents and/or breaches in patient's civil rights.
    • Observations related to environmental safety or equipment maintenance or development of a potential crisis situation.

VI. Accountability:

The Mental Health Worker shall be accountable for the following:

  • Maintains the confidentiality and security of all Medical Center-related, staff-related, and patient-related data and information.
  • Abides by all Nursing and Department of Psychiatry policies and procedures.
  • Abides by all relevant Medical Center policies and procedures, including infection control.
  • Keeps informed of each patient's physical, mental, legal status, assigned observation and privilege level and daily nursing care plan.
  • Keeps proper patient identification by requesting patient name and checking ID bands
  • Consistently when interacting with milieu.
  • Facilitates fiscal control by an awareness of cost control efforts.
  • Continues maintenance and develops skill level in patient care through attendance at
  • In-service education and clinical supervision.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

  • High school diploma; additional college education preferred.

Minimum Experience:

  • 1-2 years' nursing assistent, ER tech, or mental health worker experience required, and/or enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychology, social work, or human service-related Bachelor program

Minimum skills/abilities:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to competently interact with patients and interdisciplinary professional team.
  • Ability to identify patient behaviors requiring intervention.
  • Ability to manage the stress and pace of an acute psychiatric setting.
  • Ability to perform basic physical care.


  • None


  • CPI training within the first six months required

Special Qualifications:

  • None

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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