Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 1/23/2021

Mental Health Technician- Center for Behavioral Health (Medi-Psych)

We believe our people are our strength and we take our employees’ health seriously. From medical coverage and life insurance to retirement plans, paid time off and much more, Steward Health Care provides you with a variety of benefits to address your unique needs.

Health & Wellness

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

Retirement & Savings

  • 401K

Educational Assistance

  • Tuition Reimbursements
  • Loan Repayment

Work & Life Balance

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

Other Perks

  • Low cost parking
  • Up to 20% employee discount-Gift shop, onsite Café and Cafeteria

St. Joseph Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment – with confidence and without fear.

Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and


  • Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible.
  • Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families.
  • Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients.
  • A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital.
  • A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety.

You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.


We are currently seeking for an experienced Mental Health Technician in Behavioral Health (Medi-Psych)

8th Floor- Medi-Psych

The Medi-Psych unit is a 13-bed locked unit designed to address patients with a primary psychiatric diagnosis as well as medical complications. In summary, the unit is a med-surge environ with a Behavioral Health population. In addition to medication management, nurses hang IV fluids and antibiotics, push IV meds, and perform pre and post ECT treatment and Dialysis care. This unit provides a great opportunity for nurses interested in treating the entire patient, both mind and body.

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.

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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