Job Description

Job Title: Lead Electroconvulsive Therapy Technician (ECT)
Job ID: 714806
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 Lead Lead Electroconvulsive Therapy Technician (ECT). This position will work daylight.

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.


  • Adherence to the ANA Standards for nursing, the ANA Professional Code for Nurses, the WPIC Standards of Practice, Care and Performance, the Nursing Policies and Procedures and the Clinical Services Manual Policy and Procedures.
  • Attend and complete staff development educational programs and conferences as determined by identified learning needs and regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with medical and psychiatric staff in developing and implementing individualized behavior plans for patients.
  • Collaborates with leadership team about processes in suite.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively with the medical and psychiatric team, patient and families.
  • Complete the responsibilities of the position accurately and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of organizational system's theories.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make decisions based upon sound knowledge and problem solving skills.
  • Develop and teach in both structured and informal settings.
  • Provides education to students, staff, patients, families, and community at large.
  • Ensure compliance with and participates in all pertinent regulatory reviews.
  • Maintain CNS certification.
  • Maintain accurate and concise clinical records.
  • Maintain professional boundaries and ethics.
  • 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
  • Must be physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent, mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running toward or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment, such as wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds.
  • Oversee the correct completion of documentation in the transfer of medical patients to psychiatric settings including legal commitment documentation of the 302, 303 and 304 etc.
  • Participate in peer review process of C&L nursing staff.
  • Participate in relevant candidate conferences and M&M (Morbidity and Mortality) meetings and be prepared to offer insight and advice regarding specific patients and to assist the teams in treatment planning, candidate selection and preparing candidates for transplantation.
  • Participate on institute committee as appointed.
  • Perform in accordance with system wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Provide education, direct and informal supervision of the C&L staff, including medical residents and students regarding assessments, psychiatric diagnosis, use of civil commitment and management of psychiatric disorders.
  • Provide evaluations of psychiatric patients who are admitted to the medical hospital or for whom an evaluation in a psychiatric setting is not appropriate.
  • Provide psychiatric assessment and follow-up of liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, heart, and intestinal transplant candidate patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Provide training in behavioral health to medical staff in system hospitals.
  • Provides appropriate psychotherapeutic modalities follow up and disposition to psychiatrically/medically ill patients under Transplantation Psychiatry's care.
  • Role models care for other techs.
  • Monitors and gives feedback/direction to junior ECT techs.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a liaison between the hospital medical staff and the appropriate inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs in order to aide in dispositions
  • Takes initiative to ensure that department environment is maintained.
  • Functions as a Preceptor for new ECT Tech.
  • Provides feedback regarding other ECT Techs' performance to Nurse Clinical Manager.
  • Work closely with the Psychiatric Clinical Specialists of the Transplant Service, the Nurse Clinical Manager of the C&L Service the Medical Director of the C/L Service and the Transplant Psychiatrist to ensure quality psychiatric care of transplant patients at UPMC hospitals and Starzl Transplantation Institute.
  • Work closely with the attending psychiatrist, psychiatric resident, inpatient medical team and WPIC Admissions Office to coordinate the transfer of patients from the medical setting to the appropriate psychiatric setting.
  • Work independently, within a team structure and the larger system both within UPMC Health System/WPIC, as well as within the community.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3 years psychiatric experience
  • Current or past psychiatric direct care experience, preferably with Geriatric, Adult and Adolescent populations.
  • Ability to communicate adequately in English both verbally and written. 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 wheel chairs, stretchers and beds.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    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: $14.53 to $22.86 / hour

Union Position: No

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