Job Description

Job Title: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Technician
Job ID: 682853
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: WPR - ECT
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is hiring a Flex Full-Time Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Technician for its Oakland location. This position will work daylight hours, Monday- Friday.


The ECT Technician will be under the direction of the Registered Nurse, assists in the provision of patient care for emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded, and/or multiply disabled child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.


  • CARE DELIVERY -- Provides physical care and technical care procedures as applications of EKG leads, taking vital signs, monitoring level of consciousness and assisting with toileting and changing clothes. --Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment. --Assists in the implementation and maintenance of the department program providing a consistent and therapeutic approach to patient care. -- Manages crisis situations effectively using positive approaches. -- Assists the nurse and other direct care staff in the provision of physical care. -- Documents in the medical record according to established policies.


  • COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE -- Maintains on-going communication with the observations of patients' medical and behavioral symptoms and the care provided. -- Works under the supervision of a registered nurse in providing care to patients as assigned by the Nurse Clinical Manager or designee. -- Performs clinical research functions as assigned by the Nurse Clinical Manager or designee.


  • LEADERSHIP -- Takes initiative to ensure that department environment is maintained.


  • PROFESSIONAL GROWTH -- Maintains competency requirements. -- Attends a minimum of 2 unit based or institute wide inservices yearly. -- Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology and practices in the delivery of patient care.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to communicate adequately in English both verbally and written.
  • The incumbent must be physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment such as wheelchairs, stretchers and beds.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Act 73 FBI CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

    CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

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

Salary Range: $13.31 to $20.87

Union Position: No

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