• Requisition Number: 401579996
  • Department: DUKE HOSPITAL
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Shift: First/Day
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Occupational Summary

Perform a variety of routine activities to provide physical and psychological care to patients with psychiatric disorders.

Work Performed

Observe patients and assesses progress on daily basis; report significant changes in patients' condition and/or behavior to supervising RN. Interact with patients on a one to one basis providing recreational or social activities and reinforce patient teaching. Assist patients in activities of daily living including making beds, bathing, personal hygiene, feeding and dressing. Assist patients with position changes, range of motion exercises, transfers and walking. Provide care and monitoring of patients in seclusion and/or restraint. Provide protection and control for patients as required to ensure patient safety in the facility. Participate in restraining combative patients as necessary. Ensure compliance with safety and infection control guidelines including universal precautions for self and patients. Participate in staff discussions to assess, coordinate and execute patient care. Maintain a clean, neat and safe work environment; activities may include but not be limited to tidying room, cleaning equipment, changing bed linens, restocking work areas, keeping rooms and hallways clear of debris, etc. Practice proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures: immediately reports any mechanical or electrical equipment malfunctions, unsafe conditions, or employee/patient/visitor injuries to manager. Participate in review of activities and processes for work area; assist in implementing changes to effect continual improvement in services provided; comply with regulatory and legal requirements. Assist in organizing and conducting recreational activities. Interact with patients on a one to one as well as small group basis; assist patients in planning how the treatment plan can be optimally utilized for their benefit. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of special procedures that are applicable to work performed. Knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine treatments to patients. Knowledge of sanitation, personal hygiene, infection control, and basic health and safety precautions applicable to work in a health care environment. Knowledge of specimen collection, storage and transport. Knowledge of behavioral principles and individual responses to stressors. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients and hospital staff. Ability to work with, express sensitivity and understanding, and secure the cooperation of patients, including maintaining sympathetic attitude towards patients. Ability to keep calm in stressful situations. Ability to maintain routine records and prepare reports. Ability to recognize patients in emergency states and seek appropriate assistance. Ability to maintain confidentiality and other patient rights. Ability to understand, follow and communicate/relate oral and written instructions and pertinent information accurately. Ability to apply proper body mechanics and safety. individuals in didactic or recreational groups.

Level Characteristics