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SSM Health Clinical Partner Behavioral Health Adult Intermediate Unit Nights in Saint Louis, Missouri

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This is an acute unit meaning those patients who are unstable with a higher acuity: attempted Suicide, Psychotic, Manic, Aggressive, Sexually Inappropriate, Involuntary patients, Elopement risk patients, etc. I will be transitioning to an Intermediate Unit but we are still working on and waiting to see what are admission criteria is so I have a hard time speaking to it. (Ideal Candidate: candidate would have some sort of experience with Behavioral Health or worked in situations that had escalated customers/clients and had to calm/de-escalate the situation. They would have a calm demeanor, but not appear to be afraid of situations. If a patient gets violent on the unit it is the core staff that completes hands-on restraints)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Receives patient care assignment from the registered nurse (RN) in charge. Initiates delegated tasks based on demonstrated competence in performing nursing activities for specific patient age group served.

  • Collects and documents data for the admission assessment and reassessment at specific times for patient population. Documents and provides appropriate data to the RN and/or LPN for analysis and validation of patient’s response to care or treatment and when significant change occurs in the patient’s condition.

  • Contributes to safety and quality care by relaying information via charting and communicating to team members.

  • Informs licensed nurse of any changes in patient condition/needs, of patient complaints, and of patient/significant other educational needs.

  • Answers patients’ calls for help, takes their vital signs, and monitors their behavior and physical condition for progress or deterioration. Assists with baths, ambulating, feeding, skin care, personal and oral hygiene and making occupied and unoccupied beds. Performs dressing changes, enemas, ostomy care, toileting, turning, cough and deep breathing, catheter care, collection of biological specimens, measuring and recording intake and output of fluids.

  • Prepares patients for discharge and accompanies them upon dismissal as indicated.

  • Stocks and maintains supplies and equipment in keeping with patient care needs and cost containment. Utilizes time and supplies economically and conscientiously.

  • Assists with delegated clerical duties such as answering telephones, relaying messages, transcription of physician orders, preparing and organizing the patient's medical record.

  • Orients new patients and significant others to the nursing unit.

  • Performs mechanical and manual operation of equipment as recommended in user's manual, with ability to recognize common mechanical problems and initiate appropriate corrective action.

  • Works in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.

  • May perform point of care testing according to policies and procedures.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION

  • Completion of an approved nurse aide training program and passing grade on state of work location required exam

EXPERIENCE

  • No experience required

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Constant standing and walking.

  • Frequent use of hearing and speech to share information through oral communication.

  • Frequent use of hearing to distinguish body sounds and/or hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.

  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.

  • Frequent reaching, gripping, and keyboard use/data entry.

  • Frequent use of vision for distances near (20 inches or less) and far (20 feet or more) and to identify and distinguish colors.

  • Occasional bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, sitting, squatting and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.

  • Occasional use of vision to judge distances and spatial relationships.

  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.

  • Occasional lifting/moving patients.

  • Occasional use of smell to detect/recognize odors.

  • Occasional driving.

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