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Psychiatric Attendant

Psych | Lima, OH | Contract

Job Description
Psychiatric Attendant
Work Location: Lima, OH

Job Summary/Description
The Psychiatric Attendant will assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments.

Job Duties/Responsibilities/Functions (including but not limited to)
• Provides on-ward security functions over forensic patients or residents of secure-care areas of mental health institution (e.g., provides on-ward surveillance in regard to safety & security
• Escorts patients to & from off-ward activities or appointments such as meals, dentist, laboratory, work details, recreational & therapeutic activities
• Investigates patient misbehavior; observes & monitors patient behavior such as during meals; intervenes during crisis behavior to prevent self-injury or injury to others such as by applying restraints or assisting nursing staff in subduing or secluding violent patients
• Monitors patients in seclusion; searches patient clothing, individual rooms & ward living area for dangerous objects, contraband or unusual room conditions; prevents patient escapes.
• Provides direct care, treatment &/or programs to forensic patients & promotes activities, on & off-ward, through participation, interaction &/or involvement with patients (e.g., attends to personal hygiene & grooming needs by monitoring & instructing treatment plan programs such as hygiene, clothing care, room maintenance & social dining programs
• Encourages independent functioning in same; monitors &/or instructs or assists patients in washing clothes
• Conducts one-to-one sessions with patients to discuss problems or concerns; provides adequate clothing
• Serves meal trays
• Assists in administering treatments as directed by LPN or RN
• Prepares patients to attend psychiatric or medical treatment
• Bathes, shaves, feeds &/or dresses patients who are unable to perform same
• Leads patients in recreational activities) & assists co-workers in maintaining sanitary living conditions by performing general housekeeping duties (e.g., cleans floors, picks up trash, bags laundry)
• Prepares reports &/or documentation regarding patient & unit activities (e.g. documents significant, unusual or appropriate patient behavior in progress notes as dictated by individual treatment plans; completes restraint/seclusion, daily ward log, daily shift change & incident reports
• Completes work orders
• Orders & stocks patient clothing & cleaning supplies
• Prepares patient movement reports
• Keeps unit communication logs updated; documents crisis interventions?
• Attends in-service training programs; attends & participates in interdisciplinary team meetings; attends weekly staff meetings
• Responds to patient needs in emergency situations (e.g., fires or riots)
• Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
• Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition, subtraction, reading, writing, and common English vocabulary
• High School Graduate OR GED
• Current CPR certification

About InGenesis
InGenesis is dedicated to placing people in positions that preserve life, improve lives and inspire others. This does not happen without passionate people, skilled colleagues who are motivated to create innovative solutions and deliver superior service to our clients. Founded in 1998, InGenesis manages thousands of employees, including pioneering healthcare, science, technology and pharma professionals. The workforce solutions company includes almost half of the Fortune 500 in its nearly 300 clients. It is recognized as one of the largest healthcare staffing firms, and InGenesis is the largest minority/women owned healthcare staffing firm in North America.

EEOC Statement
We support a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate against employees and applicants for employment on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other classification protected by law.