Mental Health Associate (Adult Psych) / UMMC

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Job ID: 58615
Area of Interest: Allied Health
Location: Baltimore, MD US
Hours of Work: 7a-3p,3p-11p
Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Not Indicated
What You Will Do:

University of Maryland Medical Center is currently seeking a Mental Health Assoicate for our Adult Psychiatry unit.

This position is a rotating shift

Job Summary:
Under direct supervision, performs delegated patient care functions to patients with diverse psychiatric/medical and substance abuse issues.  Maintains therapeutic and rehabilitative milieu environment. Fulfillment of the job duties requires the employee to have access to medication storage areas and to transport medications to/from medication storage and delivery areas.
  1. Participates in psycho educational groups to address social skills that enhance the growth and development of the patients.  Co-leads specialty groups with treatment team members as assigned.
  2. Participates in the multidisciplinary team meeting, providing input on patient’s progress.  Supports the Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) by being informed of patients short term goals and interventions set by the interdisciplinary team.
  3. Participates in family meetings as assigned such as IVA (Involuntary Administrative Hearing) meetings.
  4. Documents clinical observations in data/action/outcome response format in support of treatment and documentation requirements.
  5. Assesses the environmental needs of the unit and recommends and/or initiates appropriate action in coordination with professional staff.  Completes environmental/safety rounds at the beginning of each shift.
  6. Takes, records and reports patient’s vital signs which include blood pressure, temperature, respiration, and/or pulse on a schedule basis and other information as requested by an RN.  Obtains specimens for laboratory examination.  Weighs patient and records data; observes patient condition for signs/symptoms consistent with illness; reports observations about patient condition to the nurse.
  7. Performs related duties associated with basic patient care, such as, picking-up blood, delivering specimens to clinical laboratories, performing minor housekeeping and escorting patients when assigned by nursing staff.  Transports patients and runs errands.  Accompanies patients to diagnostic testing areas as directed and remains with patient.
  8. Initiates C.P.R. procedure as needed.
  9. Attends all mandatory hospital/department in-services including CPR and Aggression Management Training, Fire Safety, TB Training, and competencies in psychiatry.  Participates in in-service training activities and staff meetings.
  10. Assists with the orientation of fellow staff members by explaining unit policies and procedures.
  11. Participates in Performance Improvement activities and act as a contributing member of subsequent committees. 

What You Need to Be Successful:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) or equivalent experience is required. 
  2. CPR certification is required.
  3. Education requirements for each Psychiatric service line:
    1. For the Adult Psych service line: Minimum one (1) year experience in psychiatric, behavioral, or mentally retarded patient care work preferred. 

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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