HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Older Adult Psychiatry Unit in San Antonio, Texas

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General Statement of Duties :

The Behavioral Health Technician II is an integral part of the nursing team and is directly responsible to the Registered Nurse. This position performs routine care of psychiatric patients and performs additional unit tasks according to knowledge, ability, and duties assigned.

Essential Job Functions :

  1. Takes vital signs, patient weights, performs ancillary blood glucose testing, documents results in the medical record and reports results to nursing. Maintains accurate Intake and Output, calorie counts and collection of urine drug screens.

  2. Serves and collects food trays, water carafes and nourishments. Feeds patients as necessary. Assists patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, shaving, and oral care. Answers patient call lights and assists with lifting and transporting.

  3. Observes patients every 15 – 30 minutes and documents findings on observation record. Performs room safety survey every shift and provides 1 to 1 observation as assigned .

  4. Leads a community or activity group and reports patient participation to RN.

  5. Performs contraband searches. Identifies and intervenes with safe and effective techniques on patients to avoid escalation of undesirable or unacceptable behavior which eminently poses as a threat to self or others. Accompanies patients on activities such as smoke breaks, on site and off site procedures or testing and to court hearings.

  6. In addition to routine Behavioral Health Tech duties consistently performs, as assigned, a minimum of one of the following additional duties: Unit Secretary and Assistant Activity Therapist.

Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics (KSAOs):

Minimum Education and Experience: High School graduate or equivalent.

Minimum of 3 years experience in the psychiatric field or has trained as a Unit Secretary or Assistant Activity Therapist.

Two to four years college in a related field will be accepted in lieu of experience or training requirement.

Minimum License and Certificates Required: None

Reporting Relationships: Supervised By: Registered Nurse Supervision Of: NONE

Physical Requirements Environmental and Physical Demands/Hazardous Conditions :

WORKING CONDITIONS (X) INSIDE: Spends approximately40hours or more per week inside. ( ) OUTSIDE: Spend approximately __ hours per week outside (driving/running work related errands). ( ) BOTH: The activities occur inside and outside in approximately equal amounts. WORK POSITIONS: (defined in 5% increments of work time): Sitting10 %Standing30 %Walking60 % LIFTING/CARRYING DEMANDS ( ) SEDENTARY WORK: Lifting 10 lbs. maximum and occasional lifting and/or carrying articles. ( ) LIGHT WORK: Lifting 20 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying articles weighing up to 10 lbs. (X) MEDIUM WORK: Lifting 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs. ( ) HEAVY WORK: Lifting 100 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 lbs. ( ) VERY HEAVY WORK: Lifting objects in excess of 100 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing more than 50 lbs. (X) Ability to lift, push and pull with assistance (mechanical or co-worker) the weight of an average patient specific to the department.

Title: Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Older Adult Psychiatry Unit

Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Specialty %26 Transplant Hospital

Requisition ID: 01588-72540