Principal Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provides physical care to assist patients in maintaining
nutrition, hygiene, hydration, and elimination.
2. Collects necessary data for the medical monitoring of
patients' status (e.g., diagnostic specimens, and weights), and
records this accurately.
3. Reports changes in patients' physical condition, e.g., weight
loss, sleep, eating patterns, and general comfort of patient.
4. Participates in the evaluation of patients' needs for general
and psychiatric nursing care, and carries out treatment plans.
5. Reports changes in patients' mood, affect, behavior, and
6. Maintains a safe and clean environment for patients.
7. Cares for equipment used in the delivery of care.
8. Participates in milieu groups and activities as needed.
9. Provides one-to-one observation of patients as needed.
10. Performs all activities in accordance with established unit,
hospital, and nursing policies.
11. Maintains Heart Saver Certification.
12. Attends CPI (Crisis Prevention and Intervention) and sensory
13. The Mental Health Assistant is to monitor patients
whereabouts at all times as directed by the charge nurse or the
patient's assigned nurse and responsible for 15 minute checks as
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
1.Verbal, quantitative, and interpersonal skills normally
acquired through completion of a high school diploma in order to
participate in the evaluation of patient's physical and emotional
2. Related experience in a health care setting desirable or
pursuing a degree in a related field.
3. Good oral communication skills to ensure the accurate
transfer of information, and strong interpersonal skills to
facilitate courteous interaction with patients, visitors, and other
hospital staff members.
1. Normal hospital environment.
2. The risks for exposure to infectious diseases and hazardous
waste can be minimized by adherence to established safety
3. Exposure to infectious diseases, chemicals, and other toxic
4. Ability to walk and stand for up to 90% of work time, to push
and pull heavy weights (including patients), and to lift 50
5. Fine motor control for limited periods of time to perform
6. Upper extremity demands include ability to perform data entry
with repetitive hand movement, and visual concentration at video
display terminal, to review and enter data.