The Mental Health Technician (MHT)is a member of the multidisciplinary patient care team. Works under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse to provide care to patients with diverse psychiatric illnesses. The Mental Health Technician provides key assistance with patients who require special precautions, and are responsible for remaining with the assigned patient at all times during their assigned shift except when relieved by staff for break and meal time. The Mental Health Technician is expected to remain alert and observant to prevent injury or escape, and engage in therapeutic communication and activities to distract, occupy, and develop therapeutic rapport. Mental Health Technicians are expected to comply with hospital policies on confidentiality, infection control, and compassionate care. Adherence to patient restrictions and ability to appropriately manage aggressive, violent, and confused behavior required. All methods of practice and/or work performance shall conform to written established hospital policies and procedures and be carried to the highest achievable level of competence in a manner demonstrating concern and consideration.
Is responsible for reporting identified safety issues such as hazardous environments (i.e. damaged floors/walls/ceiling tiles/unsecured areas) and medical errors, etc.
One (1) year of Nurse Aide/Assistant/CHHA/Emergency Medical Technician, or satisfactory completion of an Aide training program. 3-5 years of related experience in psychiatric or geriatric-psychiatric services setting required.
Preferably at least one (1) year experience as a phlebotomist and/or EKG technician with health care background. Must successfully complete MMC clinical training orientation.
Annual BEST certification
Work Environment and Hazards
Patient care areas. Dress in accordance with department code. Can be physically/emotionally demanding.
Special Physical Demands
Must meet requirements of the ADA (attached)
Work Contact Group
All patient related hospital departments, patients, families, visitors, nursing personnel and medical staff.