Job Description

Job Title: Student Behavioral Associate - Casual - Behavioral Health
Job ID: 692361
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours:
Shift: Variable
Facility:
Department: Extended Acute Care Svcs
Location: 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca PA 16346

Description

UPMC Northwest is currently hiring a casual Student Behavioral Associate to support the Behavioral Health unit at our Seneca, PA location. The shifts are variable, with a high need for weekend coverage. The desire to work in a behavioral health setting is strongly preferred.


The employee in the Student Behavioral Associate, which under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, assists in the provision of medical and psychiatric patient care. The incumbent receives practical experience relevant to their formal education track and career goals.


All staff in this department are trained on two distinct programs, Extended Acute Care (EAC) Unit and Acute Unit. The EAC is a longer term program for patients with more chronic symptoms. The program is recovery focused and the goal is for community reintegration. The Acute program is a more traditional acute care adult behavioral health unit. Treatment is comprised of individual 1:1 sessions and therapeutic groups. The BH services area works in collaboration with UPMC WPIC. This is a 28 bed unit, ages 18 and above. This department has numerous Cameo of Caring winners, received the Daisy Team award, and the unit has a very active staff-run Improvement Committee and excellent patient satisfaction rates.


Responsibilities:
  • Assists the nurse and other direct care staff in the provision of physical care and clinical intervention as assessed by client needs.
  • Attend a minimum of 1 unit based of Institute wide in-service yearly.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established policies.
  • Encourages patients to perform or assists them in the performance of activities of daily living.
  • Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology and practices in the delivery of patient care.
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • Maintains on-going communication with the treatment team and charge nurse regarding observations of patients' medical and behavioral symptoms and the care provided.
  • Manage crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary meetings and other activities.
  • Takes initiative to ensure that unit environment is maintained.

Qualifications

  • Current full-time enrollment in an accredited school in healthcare related baccalaureate (Psychology, Counseling, Biology, or related field) OR Current full-time enrollment in a diploma, associate, or bachelor level nursing program. 
  • Must be available and agree to work weekends and holidays.  
  • Must be able to work overtime as required 
  • May in the course of their job duties be in rooms where medications are stored.  
  • No contact with medications is allowed. 
  • In the course of duties may be asked to distribute medications to the nurse at the bedside. 
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • CCMC within 30 days of hire or transfer into department.
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $11.34 to $17.23

Union Position: No

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