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Behavioral Tech

Department: 082 - Road to Home
Location: Leesburg, FL

JOB SUMMARY: Provides supportive resident care with assistance in daily living activities.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. 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.

The Behavioral Tech position is integral to the efficient functioning of the program. They will, by virtue of their role, have primary consumer contact and, in that role, will have influence on consumer 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. Must have good organization and time management skills. Demonstrates the ability to maintain a safe environment for clients. Demonstrates accuracy in the observation recording of clientsí behavior and activity.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Learn and apply to the daily routine and the principles of mental health nursing. Observe all consumers closely, at all times, never leaving consumers unattended. Report all pertinent observations, changes in physical signs or symptoms, and emotional behavior and consumerís eating habits to the Charge/Unit Nurse. Observe and report consumerís reactions to visitors or telephone calls. Report feelings and ideas expressed verbally by consumers. Encourage consumers to interact with other consumers 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 consumer group activities. Help with the admission of consumers, including taking vital signs, bath and shampoo, if necessary, body check, checking for hazardous objects, listing valuables and personal possessions, and orienting the consumer to the unit. Take vital signs routinely, and as indicated by the Charge/Unit Nurse, and report any significant changes or elevations.   Encourage consumers to respect the rules and regulations of the unit and give physical and emotional support as it is needed. Encourage consumers 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 consumer areas are clean, neat and uncluttered at the end of each shift.

Carry out assigned duties in caring for consumers who require more than routine observation and care. Assist other nursing team members in the management of impulsive, violent or uncooperative consumers. Check any unusual sounds, report suspicious behavior of consumers or visitors, report difficulties with visitors, check consumerís rooms for hidden hazardous objects or medications, and search and record items brought in to consumers. Assist nursing personnel with discharge procedures, such as getting consumer ready, gathering consumersí belongings and stripping consumerís beds.

Escort consumers to areas outside the unit, as necessary. Prepare meals for consumers, as necessary. See to it that all clothes are put away each morning in individual lockers. Participate consistently in all in-service training programs.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must be able to effectively deal 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 consumer care and have a clear understanding of client rights and crisis intervention skills.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

1)     Age Specific: Assessment, Interpretation, Interventions, Knowledge, Developmental Stages, Enhancement of Family Involvement

2)     Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness

3)     Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Thinking Skills

4)     Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI Commitment, Leadership, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety

5)     Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Empowerment/Advocacy, Medication Issues, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Service Planning

JUDGMENT: Must have ability to use sound judgment under potentially stressful circumstances. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. CNA preferred.

Experience: 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. 

Personal Qualities: Dependability and a calm, friendly approach to working with people. Must be honest, dependable and believe in emotional well being. 

Special Factors: Tenacious work ethic; computer literacy. Must demonstrate a calm, friendly approach toward residents and their families, as well as co-workers. Must have the ability to function as a team member. 

Staff Development: Complete all annual training requirement of the position as specified by LifeStream Behavioral Center.

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