THIS RECRUITMENT MAY BE CLOSED AT ANY TIME.DEFINITION
Under general supervision, to provide mental health nursing services, instruction, counseling and assessments in clinics and community facilities; to assist with prevention and alleviation of mental illness and promote mental health; to coordinate and participate in a variety of mental health nursing assessments, direct patient care, group and individual counseling, and health education services; and to do related work as required.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the advanced- level in the Mental Health Nurse classification series. Performance of responsibilities requires specialized knowledge of physical and psychiatric conditions of mental health clients and their relationship to psychotropic and other drugs and medications.REPORTS TO
Assistant Director of Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Director, Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor or designeeCLASSIFICATIONS SUPERVISED
This is not a supervisory classification.TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; some positions may require sufficient manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to physically restrain disturbed clients; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of medical and office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in office, clinic, and community facility environments; exposure to communicable diseases; continuous contact with other staff and the public.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)
- Plans, organizes and provides mental health nursing services;
- Provides health and mental health counseling to individuals and their families regarding mental illness, health conditions, health maintenance, and rehabilitation in clinic, day treatment, or community settings
- Implements clients medical care plans as developed and prescribed within Mental Health Department guidelines and policies
- Serves as team member in the development, implementation, and evaluation of direct client care
- Interviews, educates, counsels, and refers clients regarding a variety of health conditions
- Develops regular and special treatments and procedures
- Observes and evaluates clients' signs, symptoms, and therapy progress
- Identifies and interprets client findings or changes requiring attention or notification of other professional staff
- Assists with special treatment, tests, and administration of prescribed medications
- Makes adjustments in patient care, commensurate with a patient's condition and progress
- Provides basic assessments and counseling to clients
- Counsels and educates clients regarding mental health status, treatment plans, psychoactive medications, benefits and side effects of medications, disease prevention and basic living skills
- Provides health education regarding personal hygiene, nutrition, and care and treatment of health problems
- Teaches and demonstrates client care to family members and others
- Consults with other mental health staff regarding health care issues and client treatment plans
- Administers injections
- Oversees client clinic care
- Orders medications and stores them in a secure area
- Maintains a variety of client health and medication records
- Refers individuals and families to appropriate agencies and clinics, as necessary
- Conducts health appraisals and follows-up on findings
- Confers with physicians, other professionals, and concerned parties regarding the needs of clients with mental disabilities
- Prepares reports and maintains records for treatment, client appraisals, and development of treatment plans
- Other duties, as assigned.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:Education:
Completion of nursing studies and curriculum sufficient to obtain requisite licenses from the State of California.ANDExperience:
One year as a Mental Health Nurse I with San Benito CountyOR
Three years of psychiatric nursing experience, providing nursing services, social services, or counseling in a public or certified private welfare or health agency.
Supplemental information Knowledge of:
- Principles, techniques and methods used in counseling and psychotherapy.
- Principles, methods, and practices of general and psychiatric nursing.
- Medical terminology.
- Community resources available for support of individuals in various levels of care.
- Normal and abnormal growth and development patterns.
- Federal, State, and local laws and regulations governing communicable diseases, mental disabilities and other disabling conditions.
- Causes, means of transmission, and methods of controlling communicable diseases.
In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.
- Provide a variety of general and mental health nursing services.
- Develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships with families of clients, members of other professional disciplines, social agencies and other staff.
- Prepare case work records and make sound recommendations regarding client progress and care.
- Provide individual and group therapy.
- Assess the physical condition of patients.
- Interview patients and families to gather medical history data and determine their needs.
- Integrate a number of clinical approaches in the development of treatment plans.
- Recognize potential crises and provide crisis intervention services.
- Counsel clients and make referrals to community resource agencies.
- Effectively represent the Mental Health Department in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other governmental agencies.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous