The Mental Health Specialist III is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorder, ensuring the well-being of the patients. The MHS III is also responsible for providing leadership and direction to MHS II staff based upon experience and special training in the various areas of mental health service delivery (i.e. group therapy, milieu management, diagnostic based training, grief and loss, etc.) Because the purpose of the MHS III is to provide leadership and training in the provision of care, there are a limited number of positions available and the position is awarded based on special application. Additionally, the MHS III:
Coordinates staff assignments and role models appropriate communication with Nurse/Nurse Manager/Clinical Director as needed.
Demonstrates an understanding of FTE/staffing ratio and safety requirements; acts proactively to ensure adequate coverage of units while minimizing unnecessary overtime; reviews staff schedule and ensures that call-ins and OT authorization are completed in a timely manner.
Gives appropriate and timely feedback to less experienced staff regarding patient care duties, documentation, milieu management, etc.
Ensures unit orientation training to new MHS staff assigned to the floor is completed upon assignment to unit in allotted time span and provides formal training to less experienced staff.
Provides immediate supervision and directions to MHS staff as assigned by Clinical Director.
Provides input for 90-day and annual performance evaluations of less experienced staff.
Consistently demonstrates appropriate and effective delegation, clearly communicating expectations and timetables, routinely proactively evaluating satisfactory completion of tasks.
Ensures documentation reflects treatment plan goals and provides timely, useful information for treatment plan revision; monitors MHS staff's documentation to ensure patient location log, 1:1, and status based check sheets are complete and accurate.
Communicates regularly and discusses issues with other members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patient care concerns while ensuring interventions are based on familiarity with patient history, assessments, and treatment plan.
Attends change of shift reports if possible, or provides accurate information to the Nurse/Nurse Manager before report.
Ensures policy is followed during any physical interactions with patients while teaching/role modeling de-escalation techniques and instilling the goal of minimizing all potential escalating interactions and power struggles.
Displays and monitors unit activities to ensure good boundaries in maintaining professional relationships with patients.