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Psychiatric Social Health Technician-Behavior Health

Company: NYC Health Hospitals
Location: New York
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is America's oldest public hospital, established in 1736. Affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, the 844-bed hospital is a major referral center for highly complex cases, with its 6,000 employees including highly skilled, interdisciplinary clinical staff. It sees more than 110,000 emergency room visits and 500,000 outpatient visits annually. Bellevue is an academic medical institution of international renown. We have served as an incubator for major innovations in public health, medical science, and medical education. Bellevue is a Level I Trauma Center delivering around-the-clock care in adult, pediatric, psychiatric and pediatric psychiatric emergencies as well as in the nationally-designated categories of cardiology, neurology, toxicology, and neonatology. In addition to providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient state-of-the-art care Bellevue is a city-wide medical specialty referral source. Bellevue's clinical centers of excellence include: Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care; Cardiovascular Services; Designated Regional Perinatal Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Comprehensive Children's Psychiatric Emergency Program; and Cancer Services.

At NYC Health + Hospitals, our mission is to deliver high quality care health services, without exception. Every employee takes a person-centered approach that exemplifies the ICARE values (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence) through empathic communication and partnerships between all persons.

Job Description

Psychiatric Social Health Technician


Under the direct supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse, the Psychiatric Social Health Technician (PSHT) performs therapeutic and other mental health related activity, maintains direct contact with people who have social and emotional problems and handicaps, and interests with clients in daily activities of living, and insures a properly maintained physical, social and clinical environment.


  • Responsible for the delivery of safe, quality patient care and services under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Bellevue Hospital's policies and procedures
  • Member of a designated care team and collaborates with team members in achieving goals
  • Receives assignment from the Registered Nurse
  • Accepts aspects of care delivery for individual patient/family as delegated by the Registered Nurse
  • Introduces self to patient/family and explains what will be done for/with each patient
  • Identifies what the patient/family and explains what will be done for/with each patient
  • Gathers patient data and documents on flow sheet: --- Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
    --- BP
    --- Height, Weight
    --- Finger stick
  • Reports observation of patients/data to the RN consistently throughout the tours
  • Assures patient privacy at all time --- Draws curtain/closes door while providing care
    --- Assures appropriate dress
    --- Does not discuss patient in public areas
  • Reports patient experience of pain/discomfort immediately to the RN
  • Provides patient care as delegated by RN --- Bathing
    --- Grooming/shaving
    --- Ambulation
    --- Turning and positioning
    --- Skin Care
    --- Passive and active range of motion
    --- Toileting
    --- Assist with transportation
    --- Changes bed linen
    --- Prepares patient meals and assist with menu selection
    --- Delivers/removes trays, distributes water, nourishment, ice, etc.
    --- Feeds patient
    --- Mouth care
    --- Foot care
    --- Nail care
    --- Simple dressing
    --- Applies hot and cold packs
    --- Assists RN to perform EKG's
    --- Collects specimen for urine, and labels accurately
    --- Assists with moving patients and assures belonging sent with them
    --- Assists nurses and MD's performing procedures
    --- Ambulates patient to bathroom or assists to commode: does not use diapers
  • Prepares patient and/or examination room for test/procedure: --- Cleans and sets up instruments and trays
    --- Position patient on table, bed, stretcher, wheelchair
  • Assists with orienting new support staff team members as instructed by RN/Clinical Instructor
  • Documents patient data/care provided and signs name and title legibly --- Assessment form (demographic data, vital signs)
    --- Daily Patient Assessment and Plan Review Sheet
    --- Multidisciplinary Patient/Significant Other education sheet
    --- Progress Note
    --- Intake and Output
    --- Restraint flow sheet
    --- 1:1 Special Observation sheet
  • Thoroughly completes Environment of Care/Safety and other required documents and forwards those to Head nurse/Charge Nurse/RN In-Charge
    --- Code Red
  • Demonstrates understanding of human growth and development relative to age 17) Understands cultural differences of patients/families and accommodates them as

    directed by the RN
  • Removes equipment not in use from patient's room and returns them to appropriate department for cleaning/repair
  • Accompanies patient to community agencies and facilities
    Performs all other duties assigned by Supervisor and/or designee.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Qualification Requirements:
    1. Six (6) months of satisfactory experience assisting patients with daily living and therapeutic activities and performing

    other related functions in a hospital or a health care setting; and
    2. Holds or obtains a valid and current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association

    (AHA) within sixty (60) calendar days of appointment to the title

    NYC Health and Hospitals offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits for employees hired to work 20+ hrs. per week
  • Retirement Savings and Pension Plans
  • Loan Forgiveness Programs for eligible employees
  • Paid Holidays and Vacation in accordance with employees' Collectively bargained contracts
  • College tuition discounts and professional development opportunities
  • Multiple employee discounts programs

Keywords: NYC Health Hospitals, New York , Psychiatric Social Health Technician-Behavior Health, Professions , New York, New York

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