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Mental Health Technician

Job Ref: 25384

Talent Area: Nursing Asst. / Medical Asst.

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Psych-Main 7NE

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: NIGHT

Work Week: Varied

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary

The Mental Health Technician I demonstrates basic knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively and carry out delegated tasks for psychiatric patients. He/she functions under the guidance and supervision of the registered nurse in meeting the physiological and psychosocial needs of the patient. He/she records data and performs treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures and reports observations and patient problems to the licensed nurse. He/she utilizes therapeutic communication techniques.     

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES       1. Establishes, maintains and terminates therapeutic relationships with patients by using therapeutic communication techniques.   2. Follows the nursing care plan directives for delivery of patient care.   3. Responds appropriately to patient behaviors.   4. Recognizes physiological and psycho-social needs of the patient.   5. Recognizes patient care priorities and reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to the licensed nurse.  6.  Performs treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and     procedures.  a. Housewide skills b. Unit specific skills c. Highrisk/low freguency/waived test skills d. Completes compe10cies listed on MHT I orientation checklist. 7. Maintains patient confidentiality.   8. Records care administered according to established procedures.  9. Maintains a clean and organized environment.   10. Utilizes Relationaship Centered Care principles (partner with the patient/family, greet and introduce self, make eye contact and smile, lis10 and respond with empathy, display appropriate body language at all times, and use a pleasant t1 of voice) to enhance patient/customer satisfaction.  11. Demonstrates the componets of the I CARE values statement.  12. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.  13. Performs other duties as assigned.     

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS      Must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School graduate or equivalent      

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS      1 year of college in a related field or 1 year of previous experience as a Mental Health Technician in a psychiatric/substance abuse setting, previous experience as a PCA or specialized training and experience in crisis intervention and prevention in a hospital setting is required.     


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED     1. Must be able to communicate effectively in English

Equal Employment Opportunity

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