Psychiatric Technician at San Diego Naval Medical Center

SITE OF SERVICE:
• Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA and associated branch medical clinics.
• HCWs shall receive notification 48-hours prior to reassignment.

POSITION QUALIFICATION/REQUIREMENTS:
• Degree: Certificate.
• Education: Graduation from an accredited Psychiatric Technician Program; or completion of an equivalent education and experience that meets the requirement of the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians or completion of education and experience as a behavioral science specialist/technician in the United States military and proof of having completed an Armed Forces course involving psychiatric technician training or civilian course from an accredited school in the care of behavioral health patients.
• Experience: Have a minimum of 12 months of experience within the last 18 months with clinical psychiatric experience
• Licensure:
o Possess and maintain a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Psychiatric Technician in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands; AND possess at least a level one national Psychiatric Technician certification or equivalent.
OR
o Possess and maintain a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse/ Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands. LPN candidates are subject to credentialing per 5.2.6.4.
o Possess at least a level one national Psychiatric Technician certification or equivalent
• U.S. Citizenship: HCWs performing under this contract shall be U.S. citizens.
• English Language Requirement: The Contractor shall ensure that all HCWs providing services under this contract are able to read, write, and speak English well enough to effectively communicate.
• HCW Physical Capability: HCWs shall be physically capable of standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time and physically capable of performing all services required under the contract and TO.
• Complete and Pass competency based evaluations in accordance with Joint Commission standards.
• Upon employment complete facility and Department of Defense specific training

CORE DUTIES:
• Conduct or assist in treatment and rehabilitation of patients.
• Perform initial basic assessment procedures including standardized psychological testing, clinical interviewing, mental status examinations, substance abuse evaluations, and psychological and nursing assessment.
• Identify mental health and nursing diagnoses, and provide patient education.
• Observe, monitor, record, and report patient’s progress.
• Conduct or assist in conducting group and individual counseling, therapeutic community, and other related milieu activities.
• Institute precautionary measures to prevent patient injury or suicide.
• Assist patients with nutritional, hygiene, and comfort measures.
• Obtain and record vital signs.
• Coordinate with other agencies regarding specified care, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and administrative functions.
• Contact military and community agencies to obtain collateral information.
• Explain and interpret mental health services to patients or others.
• Assist in, or arrange patient referral to public, private, and military community agencies.
• Prepare and maintain records and reports pertaining to specialty services.
• Assist with care of individuals experiencing acute and post-traumatic stress reactions.
• Prepare and maintain treatment records.

GENERAL DUTIES.
• Contractor personnel shall perform a full range of duties consistent with their labor category, education, training, experience, clinical privileges (as applicable), and assigned position.
• Maintain a level of productivity comparable with that of other individuals performing similar services.
• Participate in peer review and performance improvement activities.
• Practice aseptic techniques as necessary. Comply with infection control guidelines to include the proper handling, storage, and disposal of infectious wastes, and the use of universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection.
• Function with an awareness and application of safety procedures.
• Perform efficiently in emergency patient situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons, and documenting events. Anticipate potential problems/emergencies and make appropriate interventions. Notify supervisor, director, or other designated person regarding problems that the HCW is unable to manage.
• Apply an awareness of legal issues in all aspects of patient care and strive to manage situations in a reduced risk manner.
• Participate in the implementation of the Family Advocacy Program as directed. Participation shall include, but not be limited to, appropriate medical examination, documentation, and reporting.
• Exercise awareness and sensitivity to patient/significant others’ rights, as identified within the MTF.
• Maintain an awareness of responsibility and accountability for own professional practice.
• Participate in continuing education to meet own professional growth.
• Attend and/or comply with all annual training classes required by the Command, to include but not limited to online annual training provided by the MTF: disaster training, infection control, Sexual Harassment, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire and Safety, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE), and all other required training.
• Actively participate in the command’s Performance Improvement Program. Participate in meetings to review and evaluate the care provided to patients, identify opportunities to improve the care delivered, and recommend corrective action when problems exist.
• Participate in the provision of in-service training to clinic staff members. Provide training and/or direction as applicable to supporting government employe¬es (e.g., hospital corpsmen, students, etc.).
• Attend and participate in various meetings as directed.
• Perform timely, accurate, and concise documentation of patient care.
• Operate and manipulate automated systems such as CHCS, AHLTA, ADS, Essentris, and Clinical Information System (CIS), participate in clinical staff Performance Improvement (PI) and Risk Management (RM) functions, as prescribed by the Commander. Maintain DOD email account as directed. The HCW shall be responsive to all email and voicemail communications.
• Exercise appropriate delegation of tasks and duties in the direction and coordination of health care team members, patient care, and clinic activities.
• Maintain documentation of all treatment provided in accordance with clinic directives, and prepare such records and reports as may be required. All records and reports must be legible. Abbreviations must be only those listed in local instructions.

SPECIFIC DUTIES.
• Inpatient Care for Acute Psychiatric and Intermediate Units
• Assist in initial intake assessments and triage interviews.
• Assist in counseling and orient patients to the unit procedures and policies.
• Perform ward searches; monitor use of dangerous items. Answer telephone calls and relay pertinent information to providers if required.
• Assist in a variety of treatment modalities including but not limited to biofeedback, stress management, and group therapy.
• Coordinate and perform routine training in prevention and management of assaultive behavior.
• Assist with patient education.
• Perform routine ward procedures for admission, discharges, and patient transfers.
• Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.
• Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.
• Understand the rules of confidentiality as applies to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.
• Outpatient Care
• Perform ongoing risk assessment; assist in maintaining therapeutic milieu.
• Transcribe physician’s orders.
• Develop a therapeutic relationship with psychiatric patients; observe patient progress during treatment.
• Organize and facilitate patient groups and activities.
• Escort patients safely on and off the unit, know the patient management for elopement risks; take patients out on field trips.
• Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.
• Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.
• Maintain all records required on patients to include data entry and retrieval on CHCS and CIS computer systems.
• Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which include but is not limited to drawing blood for lab studies; collect and label specimens; take vital signs; and assist the doctor in a variety of diagnostic examinations.
• Understand the rules of confidentiality as applied to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.
• Respond to emergency situations within area of competence and initiate appropriate action and documentation (restraint calls, fire calls, and disaster situations).
• Monitor and discontinue IV fluids as directed if certified.
• Operate the outpatient front desk areas; assist patients with questions and information; offer courteous and attentive assistance. Follow the Command’s mission and values of Service, Professionalism, Teamwork, Respect, and Compassion.
• Schedule patient appointments through the CHCS computer system. Coordinate and assist the Primary Care Provider in contacting patients who miss appointments.
• Ensure that all records are properly maintained, constructed, and secured in a controlled access area.
• Dispose of the Secondary Convenience Record after maintaining for three years.
• Prepare and pull all outpatient records for scheduled appointments.
• Perform End of Day processing in accordance with local instructions.
• Perform psychiatric testing/screening evaluations if certified and as directed.

HOURS:
• Services shall be provided Sunday through Saturday, including Federal Holidays, between the hours of 0001 and 2400 for either an 8 hour or 12 hour period.
• Each shift will be extended ½ hour or 1 hour for an uncompensated meal break to cover a full 8 or 12 hours of service.
• In no instance will a HCW be required to provide services in excess of 80 hours per 2-week period.
• On-Call. The HCW shall provide on-call services (call rotation) after hours.
• On call services shall not exceed 3 days per month which may include 1 weekend day per month.
• On-call services shall be provided Sunday through Saturday for 12 hours, either starting at 0700 and ending 1900, or starting at 1900 and ending at 0700, depending on current schedule.
• The HCW shall respond to all calls from the MTF via HCW’s confirmed private cell phone within 10 minutes.
• Assignment of on-call services will be according to the departmental staffing schedule.
• The departmental recall roster must provide names and phone numbers of HCWs providing on-call coverage.
• On call services are priced separately and will be compensated per the applicable line item in Section B.
• Call-back. While the HCW is providing on-call services and directed to return to the MTF, the HCW will bill a minimum of 2 hours compensation.
• Historically, a HCW that is on-call will be called to the facility for the remainder of the 12-hour shift period.
• If called back, the HCW shall report to the MTF within 1 hour and be prepared to provide patient care for up to 12 hours.
• Call-Back services are priced separately and will be compensated per the applicable line item in Section B.
• The HCW will receive a daily flat rate of stand-by pay during days that they are on call, in addition to any compensation provided if called back to the hospital for a procedure.
• The specific schedule for each two-week period will be provided 1 month in advance by the government supervisor or designee.
• Any changes in the schedule shall be coordinated between the HCW and the government

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS
Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Must be able and willing to reprioritize on short notice and work on multiple simultaneous projects. Flexible and able to work with various personalities. Team work skills required. Time management skills required. The ability to meet deadlines in a deadline intensive environment is essential. High level of adaptability and willingness to embrace change in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

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