Psychiatric Aide

Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is one of the largest public health systems in the country and?the largest provider of healthcare in Hawaii.? HHSC is a ?Safety Net? provider for both Acute Care and Long-Term Care (LTC) in the state of Hawaii. The HHSC Kauai Region operates two Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), including LTC at both sites, and five primary care and specialty clinics.

JOB STATUS:??Permanent with?benefits??

JOB LOCATION:??Samuel Mehelona Memorial Hospital, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

FUNCTION:?The Psychiatric Aide position works in the psychiatric unit of an acute care hospital which provides acute adult and adolescent psychiatric services.

The Psychiatric Aide serves as part of the treatment team and is involved in planning, organizing and conducting adjunctive services (recreational and diversional activities), which involves the implementation of moderately complex therapeutic procedures and the application of various techniques in patient care services.?

The position also provides a variety of personal care and nursing services to patients in the unit.? The position may be required to work on shifts, including evenings, and weekends and holidays.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


Prerequisite Qualifications Required for the Entry Level

Experience and Essential Knowledge and Abilities: One (1) year of work experience in a hospital or other medically oriented institution or program where the primary or basic objective was to observe and report on a variety of physical and/or mental symptoms and conditions and implement care and/or treatment procedures for a caseload of patients.

Such experience must have demonstrated knowledge of basic spoken and written English; basic nursing skills (i.e., taking vital signs, measuring output, recognition of abnormal signs and symptoms, etc.); patients? rights; infection control; body mechanics; basic medical and nursing terminology; and the ability to read, write, speak and understand English; learn and apply general behavioral and psychiatric principles; establish effective therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients; follow directions; keep appropriate records; and analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

Prerequisite Qualifications Required for the Full Performance Level

In addition to the qualifications required at the entry level:

Experience and Essential Knowledge and Abilities: One (1) year of work experience in a mental health facility/unit which involved learning and performing selected therapeutic activities under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Such experience must have demonstrated knowledge of behavioral characteristics associated with various types of mental health problems; general behavioral and psychiatric procedures; mental health principles and techniques involved in the care and treatment of individuals or groups of mentally ill patients; intervention and de-escalation techniques; common side effects of psychiatric medications; and the ability to assist and participate in the activities of the treatment team; and independently provide adjunctive services (recreational and diversional activities) to a caseload of psychiatric patients.

Certification Required: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. CPI PREFFERED

Desirable Qualifications: Certified in CPI, PART, Mandt or CPMR - management of crisis situations; familiar with 12 step program; Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Mental/Emotional Requirements:

All applicants must possess emotional and mental stability appropriate to the job duties and responsibilities and working conditions.

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