Meridian Health Services
  • West Lafayette, IN, USA
  • Hourly
  • Fee for Service
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Not a Benefit Eligible position

Want to make a difference in someone's life?

Join the Meridian Health Services team serving the community for over 35 years. We are a progressive healthcare organization specializing in "whole person" health integrating physical, mental, and social well-being.  

Meridian Health Services is currently seeking a fee for service Psychiatric Technician for our Inpatient Program located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Possible hours would be 7PM-7AM or 7AM-7PM. This is a great opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Attends to client's personal needs on Units (phone calls, clothing, laundry, exercise, etc.)
  • Initiates and assists in client ADL's, including personal hygiene, feeding, incontinence, etc
  • Encourages and engages clients in treatment, social, leisure, and recreational activities
  • Utilizes therapeutic skills in interactions with clients, families, and visitors
  • Keeps clients informed of their treatment plan objectives and progress
  • Able to set therapeutic guidelines with clients for destructive, disorganized, deviant, dysphoric, or dependent behaviors
  • Demonstrates competency in taking vital signs, obtaining urine specimens, assisting with nursing tasks under Unit Nurse directions
  • Demonstrates reporting accurate information to the Unit Nurse regarding observations which include client behaviors, reactions to illness, medications, detox symptoms, allergic reactions, pain, fall risk, and suicide risk          
  • Functions within parameters specified by nursing care plans, multi-disciplinary treatment plans, and general therapeutic goals, including cultural and age-specific needs           
  • Functions as role model to enhance development of appropriate social skills
  • Communicates in a respectful, clear, and direct manner with all Hospital staff, clients, and visitors
  • Demonstrates clear and therapeutic written communications, including charting, COS report, Kardex, etc        
  • Maintains Unit supplies and documentation up to date: (juices, utensils, chart forms, vital sign/shower/admission log)
  • Maintains Unit cleanliness, order, and routines as established by Hospital, Program and nursing policy and procedure
  • Completes psychiatric technician's responsibilities for admission and discharge correctly and thoroughly
  • Informs supervisor, coworkers, and treatment team members of all concerns, interactions, and/or behaviors of clients' welfare
  • Demonstrates knowledge of safety/security issues, including P.I's, C.O.'s, locked doors, closets, cupboards, emergency codes, CPI/restraints (physical/verbal)     
  • Effectively conducts Unit/Room searches and scheduled Unit rounds, and recognizes importance of interventions:
  • Maintains awareness of potential risks for clients/staff, including privilege levels and need for supervision/monitoring (C.O.'s, 1:1, Constant Eye, etc.)
  • Notifies appropriate departments, supervisors, Unit nurse, treatment team members of potential hazards to client, staff, and/or visitors
  • Takes appropriate measures to intervene in client risky behaviors (Suicidal, elopement, aggression, etc), with Hospital approved verbal/physical skills
  • Reads and signs off on all Observations sheets, Assignment sheet tasks, and other checklist binder entries
  • Documents specific detailed observations, behaviors and interventions on assigned patients
  • Documents vital signs, height, weight, participation in electronic health record of assigned patients efficiently and in a timely manner
  • Competent in electronic health record documentation
  • Demonstrates proper Universal Precautions and infectious control protocols
  • Responds to codes and participates at level of training and experience          
  • Maintains required certifications for position and Units (CPR, Age Specific Competencies, etc.)
  • Attends and participates in mandatory in-services
  • Participates in Quality Improvement for Hospital and Programs (non-mandatory meetings/in-services)       
  • Manages breaks/lunches within Hospital guidelines     
  • Demonstrates attendance and punctuality within Hospital guidelines
  • Participates in and assists with Activity Therapy sessions on Units
  • Understands and observes confidentiality
  • Performs other duties as assigned        

We are seeking candidates with the following qualities: 

  • Graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent.
  • Previous inpatient psychiatric experience desirable.
  • At least 18 years of age at completion of orientation.

Meridian Health Services provides the following benefits: 

  • Health, dental, vision plans
  • Merit Based Compensation Plan
  • 401k with company contribution
  • Voluntary benefits, including critical illness, short term disability, etc.
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Wellness plan
  • Professional development funds
  • Life balance oriented organization 

Drug screen, extensive background check, and fingerprinting are required. 

Meridian Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V) and also participates in E-Verify.

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