Order ID: 10045
Location: Harlingen, TX
Start date subject to change
Start Date: 10-29-2023
End Date: 01-27-2024
Shift Start: 10:00am
Shift End: 7:00pm
A psychiatric nursing assistant performs a series of rehabilitative health care activities by administering personal care to mentally and behaviorally challenged patients under the supervision of a nurse or psychiatrist. The aide must pay close attention to patients and observing their mannerism and actions in order to identify deteriorating conditions and harmful behaviors in line with the psychiatric medical ethics. Duties also include assisting patients to perform basic living activities, guiding them in social activities to improve their mental health and restore their sanity. The nurse assistant also helps in administering ongoing therapeutic treatment to patients to improve their behavioral pattern. To carry out this function well, the aide will judiciously stick to patients’ treatment plan, ensuring that treatment routines are done diligently and at the appropriate time.
- Current CNA license
- Previous experience in a care giving role as a CNA preferred unless in our approved Preceptor Program
- Current BLS
- Desire to work with all people, irrespective of background, race or creed
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Physically able to lift patients. Knowledge and commitment to the use of a gait belt for ALL assisted transfers. Commitment to use two staff for all transfers requiring the use of a mechanical lift.
- Tactful and approachable personality.
- Ability to keep commitments and show up to confirmed shifts.
- Ability to flex to the needs of the facility.
- Carry out checkups on patients; look out for new developments and inform the professional medical staff in charge of patient’s treatment of observations so that treatment can be commended quickly to avoid deteriorating health conditions
- Keep records of patients’ information, including their eating habits, actions, and moods, as part of the requirements for treatment, as well as for future reference
- Watch patients closely to keep them away from restricted areas, and to prevent them from causing harm to themselves or to other people, as directed by the nurse
- Maintain good working relationship with the medical team, which consists of nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists
- Assist in restraining patients who are engaging in behavior that could potentially cause harm to themselves or others and while using caution and verbal de-escalation techniques to diffuse the behaviors.
- Ensure that patients are kept clean by bathing, brushing, grooming, and dressing them up, as well as taking the time to show them how to do these things until they are capable of doing them by themselves
- Help in serving meals to patients and ensure that they are well fed by either by providing feeding assistance to them or encouraging them to eat.
- Assist patients to get used to their treatment routine
- Assist in collecting patients’ specimen, such as blood, urine, and feces, for laboratory testing and diagnoses
- Keep patients’ company by engaging them in recreational activities, such as sports, cards and other activities.
- Inform nurse or supervisor of malfunctioning equipment for repair or replacement