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University of Utah Health Psychiatric Technician - Inpatient Medical Psychiatry, full-time in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

Overview

Inpatient Medical Psychiatry (IMP) is looking for an new full-time Psychiatric Technician to join our dynamic inpatient team!

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

About our Inpatient Medical-Psychiatry unit (IMP):

Inpatient Medical Psychiatry is a very unique unit, ranging from the structure of treatment to the type of experience one can gain from working here. We are the only medical psychiatric unit within the University of Utah Health system, and one of the only available within the Utah valley.

Our patients have a primary psychiatric diagnosis, but often have acute medical comorbidities that need care. Patient conditions, whether medical or psychiatric, change frequently throughout their stay, allowing our staff exposure to a variety of ailments and scenarios. This environment creates many opportunities to grow professionally.

Our nurses develop, improve, and maintain their medical skills while being able to refine their ability to assess and address patients' medical and emotional needs.

Another quality we facilitate on our unit is multidisciplinary teamwork. Everyone from the psychiatrists to the psychiatric technicians is passionate about providing the best care to our patients. This creates a very friendly and respectful work environment, where everyone is valued for their area of expertise and their input into individualized patient care.

We are dedicated to continuing education and keeping up with the most current evidence-based practices. Inpatient Medical Psychiatry is truly unique and an excellent unit to learn a variety of skills, grow professionally, and give back to a very under served population.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health 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 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

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 expectations.

  • May functions as a preceptor to new Psychiatric Technicians.

  • 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

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days 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 50 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

Carrying, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

EEO Statement

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.

Requisition Number 47116
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Variable
Work Schedule Variable days, nights, evenings, weekends
Location Name University of Utah Hospital
Patient Care? Yes
City SALT LAKE CITY
State UT
Department UUH IPC 38W PSYCH ACUTE 5W
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.