Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.
The Mental Health Worker performs entry level work in establishing and maintaining an environment that is therapeutic and developmental for persons with mental illness, mental retardation, chemical dependency, social and / or physical disorders in the Mental Health Units. Performs direct patient care work helping those who are inpatient in their habilitation or rehabilitation efforts. Keeps environment clean. Assists with treatment programs and other therapies as directed. Assists with development of safety, social, hygiene, self-care and interactional skills. Converses with patients / residents to reinforce positive behaviors and to promote social interaction. Maintains a positive attitude, meets applicable external standards, ie., JCAHO, etc. Utilize all PMAB intervention skills to deescalate disruptive patients and prevent injury to themselves and others. Performs duties in accordance with established policies, practices and procedures. Will work under the supervision of the MH Supervisor and general supervision of the Charge Nurse, Unit Nurse Manager, PNA III/IV. The job requires the individual to work indoors inside a well-lighted, air conditioned climate controlled building. Work is also done outside and depending on the weather, may be hot, cold, dusty, wet and humid. The job hazards are walking on slippery/uneven surfaces when outdoors and potential for patient-induced bodily injury. The work hours are long and irregular, may require working different shifts to include overtime.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Observes the patient at all times and reports to charge nurse and records on the patient's medical record the patient's progress, and any noted physical, emotional or other mental changes or problems.
Relates positively to patients in a therapeutic manner. Able to establish interpersonal relationship which foster recovery and treatment goal achievement, so that the patient's treatment and recovery are supported and successful.
Assists with the patient treatment programs, patient therapies and records these activities on the patient's medical record.
Able to account for assigned patient's location.
Identifies escalating behaviors, intervenes to protect patients, others, or property.
Works toward the common goal of improving the lives of the individuals we serve, which includes assisting with their routine self-help skills.
Complies with supervisory requests to work overtime as patient care need indicates to ensure patient and staff safety and enhance overall services provided by RGSC/STHCS.
Complies with all facility wide Mandatory Training.
Demonstrates performance of special treatment procedures (1:1, Q 15 minute checks, seclusion, body search, unit search, AMA discharges, request for discharge, passes, trail placement, elopement risk, and special precautions) and other facility policies and procedures.
Demonstrates knowledge of safety and emergency procedures and evacuation plans for unit.
Complies with all facility Continuous Quality Improvement programs (JCAHO, Medicare, ADA, etc.) supporting positive growth in operations which are performed under applicable regulations.
Performs a variety of marginal duties not listed and to be determined and assigned as needed, to maintain optimal patient care and facility operations.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Ability to read, write, communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Ability to drive state vehicle safely and maintain eligibility as evidenced by an acceptable driving record
Ability to learn and perform job duties and ability to always continue learning to increase skills and adapt to change
Ability to learn and assist with patient treatment recovery programs
Ability to get along adequately with difficult
Ability to assist supervisors with a positive proactive approach
Ability to train/teach skills to others, formally and on the job
Occasionally (up to 33% of the work day) lift and /or carry up to 100 pounds of weight with frequent (up to 66% of the work day) lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds of weight
Speak clearly to communicate to other persons over a communication system and /or in person
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation or GED.
Completion of training as required by program within probationary period (6 months).
Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduate from a standard Senior High School or GED equivalent.
Requisition # 452263
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.
Completion of training as required by program within probationary period (6 months).
Must demonstrate competency in all aspects of Mental Health Workers core competencies within six months from hire date.
Acquire a working knowledge of Mental Health or Mental Retardation Code; TDSHS Departmental Rules; Standard Operating Procedures (RGSC); Core Manuals (Environmental of Care, Administrative, Human Resources Management and Information Management); Infection Control Manual (Standard Precautions); Continuous Quality Improvement; Emergency Preparedness Procedures; and Positive Performance Program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.