University of Utah Health Psychiatric Technician, PRN, Crisis Team *Future Opportunities* in Salt Lake City, Utah

Overview:

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

*University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics is accepting applications for future opportunities as a PRN Psychiatric Technician - Crisis Team*

This position is working as a mental health peer specialist on the UNI WarmLine and/or Mobile outreach team. The UNI WarmLine provides phone support to callers needing emotional support and a caring response from someone who understands their challenges. The UNI mobile outreach team peer specialist works with a licensed clinician on one of the UNI Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams. This position includes going into the community to help provide crisis intervention, stabilization, and triage. Peer specialists are an integral part of the crisis service treatment teams and assist the licensed clinician and work closely with individuals in crisis to support their recovery and provide peer mentoring.

Candidates must either be certified or meet the qualifications to become certified as a peer specialist by the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Please review these qualifications by visiting the state division of substance abuse and mental health website for certified peer specialist information at:

This position provides a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients and assists with the provision of basic patient care needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Assists with maintaining a safe and hazard free environment by observing and documenting patient behavior, conducting patient room searches, reporting unsafe conditions and applying appropriate emotional and physical support.

  • Performs or assists with the admission of new patients by gathering routine information for nursing assessment, searches patients and belongings for contraband, documents belongings and other appropriate information.

  • Orients the patient and patient's family to the facility and the policies and procedures.

  • Escorts the patients to off-unit appointments and activities using therapeutic interventions to ensure the safety of the patient, hospital staff, and other University patients and visitors.

  • Assists with providing a therapeutic milieu for patients by encouraging patients to participate in recreational activities and group therapies.

  • Assists with supportive therapy for select patients by leading activity and conversation groups.

  • Assists in the development of patient behavioral contracts.

  • Functions as a preceptor to new Psychiatric Technicians and assists level staff.

  • Assists with the unit’s training and quality assurance programs. Provides an annual educational in-service to co-workers.

  • Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.

  • Assists with initiating and contributing to patient treatment planning, teaching and discharge planning.

  • Participates in patient care team conferences by sharing observations of patient's progress toward identified goals and assists the primary Registered Nurse with the development, evaluation, and revision of patient care plans.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to recognize when a patient is having an adverse reaction to medication and report it in a timely manner to the Registered Nurse.

  • Ability to assess a patient that can possibly hurt himself/herself and others and report this information to the Registered Nurse, and has the ability to assist with restraints and seclusion.

  • Interpersonal skills to acquire the trust of the patients and respond appropriately in a crisis situation.

  • Ability to utilize the principles of group dynamics when co-leading a group to facilitate the development of social, behavioral, and communication skills among group members.

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • Knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skill.

Qualifications:

Qualifications

Required

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent 2 years of experience or a year of college and one year related experience.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred):

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing care in a psychiatric setting. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases.

Physical Requirements:

Far Vision, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Requisition Number 24890

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type PRN

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Variable

Location Name 525 Plaza

Patient Care? Yes

City Salt Lake City

State UT

Department UNI ENT 93F CRISIS LINE & TEAM

Category Behavioral Health

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.