Date:Sep 6, 2014
Location:Lakewood, CO, US
St. Anthony Hospital is located in the western Denver suburb of Lakewood and is a Level I Trauma Center with four dedicated trauma rooms including the T-10 room, a dedicated field-to-surgery suite ready 24/7 for trauma surgeons and specially trained teams who provide life-saving care to the most severely ill and injured patients. St. Anthony proudly provides a full range of medical specialties and health care services to Denver and the surrounding region with a state-of-the-art medical campus. If you’re looking to be part of a fast-paced environment where you can practice to the top of your profession in trauma, cardiology, stroke, neurosciences, breast imaging, cancer/oncology care, surgery and more, we encourage you to apply. In addition to a new campus, supportive team and faith-based mission, we’re proud to be the recipient of numerous awards, certifications and accreditations from the American Heart Association; Chest Pain Center (CPC); American College of Cardiology; The Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval; Healthgrades (for Stroke, Critical Care and Prostate Surgery Excellence); the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award; NAPBC Accreditation; American College of Radiology and many others. For more information about St. Anthony Hospital, visithttp://www.stanthonyhosp.org/.
Performs direct observation of the patient with a mental health or behavioral safety need. Utilizes specialized training, de-escalation techniques and other interventions as applicable to create a therapeutic and calming environment for patients. Communicates patient mental and/or physical status changes to the primary RN and/or nurse leader. May assist with basic care delegated by the RN.
• Ensures patient safety through continuous observations of patient environment including monitoring patient activities, patient belongings, and room items.
• Keeps patient in direct view at all times unless instructed by RN to leave the room for procedure/exams.
• Provides assistance with meals under the direction of the RN.
• Ensures that work environment and patient rooms are neat and orderly.
• Ensures safety of patient in least restrictive manner.
• Performs all duties in a conscientious, courteous and caring manner to maintain positive customer relations.
• Engages patient and family to foster compliance with plan of care.
• Reports patient status changes and needs to RN in an accurate and timely manner,
• Monitors patient’s environment for dangerous conditions or objects including but not limited to side rails, proximity of call button, over-bed table, tubing, cords, pens, eating utensils).
• Notifies RN if suspicious interaction of patient and visitor are suspected.
• Uses calming techniques to assist the patient or client in situations that might escalate to a problematic status.
• Maintains professional demeanor when subjected to aggressive behavior (verbal, sometimes physical) by out-of-control patients and /or family.
• Uses TEAM training skills to restrain patient if necessary.
• Enlists help from Security Officers or other staff when appropriate.
Communication & Documentation
• Communicates in a therapeutic manner to patients and families.
• Communicates and collaborates with others in a direct, respectful and effective manner to deliver quality and cost effective patient care.
• Documents all patient care activities and behaviors according to established processes.
Minimum Education Requirements
High School Diploma or GED
Advanced degree in Psychology or related human services field, preferred
Minimum Experience Requirements
One year of experience in a patient care or human services setting
Previous mental health experience preferred
Bachelor’s degree may substitute required experience
Strong communication skills and ability to manage conflict
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association
Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) training preferred
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.