Crisis Specialist, Psychiatry
Functions as a member of Strong Memorial Hospitals inpatient psychiatric and CPEP units serving complex mentally ill patients in crisis within the hospital in support of a therapeutic milieu. The Crisis Specialists round the psychiatric units providing support to patients through reassurance, validation and engagement in order to assist them in maintaining or reestablish emotional control with the intention of reducing the need for Public Safety support within the units.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES :
Support mentally ill patients in crisis within the Psychiatric units at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Provides patients with engagement through discussion, activity and availability to support them in establishing emotional well-being
Proactively recognize moments of stress for the patients and provide additional support in order to help maintain a therapeutic environment.
Support patient wellbeing through monitoring self-care tasks, support in difficult conversations and attendance during court hearings
Assist patients to ensure there is clear understanding of the patient's needs, as well as the expectation of safe behaviors on the unit to ensure a safe milieu.
Monitor/ensure safe transport of patients from the emergency to inpatient setting.
Manages time in order to provide support to multiple psychiatric units within the day.
Crisis Specialists are notified when there is a crisis or warning signs of crisis noted by other providers.
Crisis Specialists respond to CPEP and/or the inpatient psychiatric units to support the de-escalation of patients, by providing patients with emotional and tangible support to regain behavioral control
The Crisis Specialists provide reassurance, validation and support within understanding of being trauma informed and person centered in their approach.
Communicates with unit staff and Department of Public Safety as necessary to provide unified support of the patient in psychiatric crisis and to ensure a safe milieu.
Engage in physical interventions under digression of nursing staff to ensure patient and staff safety within the psychiatry setting.
Crisis Specialists engage in crisis debriefing with patients and staff following the interaction.
Crisis Specialists ensure follow up communication is constructive, understandable, learning focused and relationship restorative with the patient.
Communicate to determine how situations can be avoided or resolved more efficiently in the future. Debriefing that cannot take place with the supporting team takes place with the Director of the Crisis Specialists.
Crisis Specialist track their day by logging info learned on patient’s likes, dislikes, coping skills and best approaches in supporting the patients.
Track time spent and supports provided
All Crisis Specialists must complete CPI training provided by Crisis Stabilization Team Director within 3 months of hire
Attend monthly staff meetings and trainings provided
Orient and train new staff on unit preferences and routine
Other duties as assigned
Associate's degree in a health-related field and 2 years experience in human services, preferably in a psychiatric crisis or emergency setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Ability to speak Spanish, Vietnamese or be fluent in American Sign Language preferred.
NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.
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How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Pay Range: $ 18.50 - $ 24.05 Hourly
The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.
Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Psychiatry SMH Crisis
Schedule: SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE HOURS BETWEEN 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM AND 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM