As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Our 5WB - INPATIENT PSYCHIATRY UNIT has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, temporary/hourly, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 1. Under the supervision of a RN, the Mental Health Specialist utilizes a variety of clinical/psycho-therapeutic skills to contribute to bio-psycho-social patient assessment, and to collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment team members in planning, implementing and documenting care from admission to discharge for psychiatric patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Additionally, the MHS participates in unit and departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving and communication, and continued clinical development.
Contributes to and documents initial and ongoing biopsychosocial patient evaluations and assessments
Contributions to development and revision of written plan of care.
Implements agreed-upon plan of care
Performs basic physical care and other tasks delegated by RN’s
Recognizes and communicates abnormal findings to RN’s
Recognizes and communicates observations related to effects and side effects of medications and signs of substance intoxication or withdrawal
Adheres to HMC policies related to documenting all aspects of care
Documents care using the computerized medical record
Assists in maintaining safe, therapeutic milieu
Performs routine care for patients
Stocks and organizes work area
Participates in group therapy activities
Performs related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: Associate of Arts Degree; AND two years of experience in a mental health setting. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Active Affiliated Agency Counselor Registration with the State of Washington and valid Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR) in the state of Washington prior to the start of employment.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.