Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 1/13/2021


2nd Floor (Advanced Medical Detox)

St. Joseph Medical Center has partnered with Matthew’s Hope Detox and Recovery Program (MHDRP) to introduce a voluntary 22-bed advanced hospital-based drug and alcohol detoxification program with a unique Inpatient Recovery and Aftercare model. Our clinical staff will work closely with MHDRP therapists other detox support staff to provide a three-tier approach of healing patients’ minds, bodies and spirits. Our mission is to take a collective medical, wellness, and spiritual approach for healing the mind, body and spirit in evidence-based ways.

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder may have various degrees of medical conditions such as heart, kidney and liver damage, and because we are a Hospital Based Program, if any of these conditions exist, MHDRP'S team of skilled medical staff are there to help and treat them. Nurses and technicians with a compassion to help individuals recover from the stronghold of addiction are strongly encouraged to apply.

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse, assists in the provision of basic nursing care to mental health patients, and maintains a safe and clean environment.


1. Consistently supports the hospital’s Spirit of Serving Standards, in line with the Mission, Vision and values of St. Joseph Medical Center.

2. Follows the guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and Associates through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.

4. Make environmental rounds with incoming shift daily. Responsible for environmental log sheet. Keep patient room unit environment neat and orderly.

5. Takes vital sign and blood sugar as ordered. Responsible for reporting abnormal readings to charge nurse. Responsible for documenting vital signs in the medical record.

6. Monitors hallways according to Behavioral Department guidelines; make rounds every 15 minutes with close attention to special precautions.

7. Maintains safety in milieu by staying on the unit and engaging patient in a therapeutic interaction or activity, especially during free time.

8. Search patient belongings and do visual body search on admission, using the wand. Responsible for documentation of patient valuables and belongings.

9. Reports to Registered Nurse any observed changes in behavior or condition of patients and unusual incidents.

10. Responds effectively with a patient at the defensive level with a directive approach by setting limits, making sure limits are clear, simple and enforceable.

a. Limit setting should be done objectively and in a non-threatening manner.

b. Understand and execute de-escalation for potential acting out behavior.

11. Understand and execute seclusion/restraint guideline; is aware of patient rights related to these emergency situations.

12. Provides and assists with safety for patients and peers when performing 1:1 for the assault risk patients by placing

themselves between the assigned patient and his peers at all times.

13. Daily assessment of patient needs and ADL; assists as needed.

14. Prepare patients for meals, check for correct tray, serve and assist with meals and snacks.

15. Transports patient to/from various departments. Collects and transports specimens to the correct department as needed.

16. Initiates or assists basic life support when needed.

17. Utilize appropriate tone, volume and cadence in all interactions.

18. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by IASIS and demonstrated by:

  1. Upholds the IASIS Standards of Conduct and Corporate Compliance.
  2. Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area
  3. Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Regional Compliance & Safety Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.

19. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.



  • At least two years of experience working with mental health patients.


  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.
  • CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Program) certification required within 30 days of hire


  • High school graduate or G.E.D.


  • Technical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills relevant to Behavioral Medicine in order to effectively communicate with physicians, team members, patients and families.
  • Able to communicate effectively, in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Must demonstrate a caring and friendly attitude towards patients and customers.
  • Demonstrates good body mechanics and lifting techniques.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of preventive management of aggressive behavior.
  • Understands impact of laws affecting mental health care.

For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

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