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Behavioral Tech/CNA

Department: 056 - Inpatient Nursing
Location: Leesburg, FL

The Behavioral Tech position is integral to the efficient functioning of the Inpatient Units. They will, by virtue of their role, have primary patient contact and, in that role, will have influence on patient treatment and progress. As such, Behavioral Techs are professional staff members with responsibility for maintenance of a secure therapeutic milieu in cooperation with a variety of disciplines, most importantly the nursing staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES: The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification with or without an accommodation. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position. 

Learn and apply to the daily routine and the principles of mental health nursing. Observe all patients closely, at all times, never leaving patients unattended. Report all pertinent observations, changes in physical signs or symptoms, changes in emotional behavior and patientís eating habits to the Charge/Unit Nurse. Observe and report patientís reactions to visitors or telephone calls. Report feelings and ides expressed verbally by patients. Encourage patients to interact with other patients and staff, and to participate in the social life of the unit, including recreational and occupational therapy.

Assist Charge/Unit Nurse in the organization and execution of patient group activities. Help with the admission of patients, including taking vital signs, bath and shampoo, if necessary, body check, checking for hazardous objects, listing valuables and personal possessions, and orienting the patient to the unit. Take vital signs routinely, and as indicated by the Charge/Unit Nurse, and report any significant changes or elevations.   Encourage patients to respect the rules and regulations of the unit and give physical and emotional support as it is needed. Encourage patients to meet their own physical needs such as showering, shaving, oral hygiene, grooming care of hair and manner of dress. Encourage maintenance of cleanliness and neatness in all living and recreational areas, and make sure all patient areas are clean, neat and uncluttered at the end of each shift.

Carry out assigned duties in caring for patients who require more than routine observation and care. Make checks at least every 15 minutes on patients confined to bed or in seclusion or restraints. Assist other nursing team members in the management of impulsive, violent or uncooperative consumers. Check any unusual sounds, report suspicious behavior of patients or visitors, report difficulties with visitors, check patientís rooms for hidden hazardous objects or medications, and search and record items brought in to patients. Assist Unit Secretary and nursing personnel with discharge procedures, such as getting patient ready, gathering patientsí belongings and stripping patientís beds.

Escort patients to areas outside the unit, as necessary. Never leave the unit without permission of the Charge/Unit Nurse, and then only if the Charge/Unit Nurse is not alone. There must be two personnel on the unit at all times. Prepare meals for patients, as necessary. See to it that all clothes are put away each morning in individual lockers. Participate consistently in all in-service training programs.

This position must be able to effectively work with psychiatrically impaired persons. Able to effectively communicate with medical personnel and have basic knowledge of psychiatric and physical problems. Demonstrate ability to read, write and exercise good verbal skills. Demonstrate skills that ensure safe patient care and have a clear understanding of client rights and crisis intervention skills.

COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Motivation (KSAM) required for an employee to be successful.

  • Serving      Our Consumers: Effectively      meeting consumer needs, building productive consumer relationships, and      taking responsibility for consumer satisfaction and loyalty. 
    • Consumer       Focus: Building strong consumer       relationships and delivering consumer-centric solutions.
    • Values       Differences: Recognizing the value that       different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
  • Effective      Communication: Clearly      conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a manner that      engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the      message.  
    • Communicates       Effectively: Developing and delivering       multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique       needs of different audiences.
    • Manages       Conflict: Handling conflict situations       effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Continuous      Improvement: The      ongoing process of achieving positive changes in service and processes in      order to improve efficiency and quality.      
    • Resourcefulness: Securing and deploying resources effectively and       efficiently.
    • Cultivates       Innovation: Creating new and better ways       for the organization to be successful.
  • Expertise:      Demonstrating      proficiency of an employee's skill or knowledge within their field of      practice. 
    • Drives       Results: Consistently achieving results,       even under tough circumstances.

JUDGMENT/DECISION MAKING: Utilizes established corporate policies and procedures in making decisions. Uses sound judgment in meeting the responsibilities and performing the duties of the position.


  • Required: High School Diploma or GED.
  • Preferred: CNA preferred with prior experience in a mental      health setting is preferred, but may be waived given demonstrated desire      for professional development through continuing education      participation. Desirable to have      experience working with psychiatric clients.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Completes all requirements according to Individual Training Plan within the first six months of hire and annually. Other training and/or professional development may be assigned due to evolution of programs.

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