In the Department of Mental Health at Whiting Forensic Institute, under established security conditions, this class is accountable for developing and maintaining an effective therapeutic environment for patients.
Works under the general supervision of a Lead Forensic Treatment Specialist, a Head Nurse or other nursing supervisor.
Generally does not exercise supervision.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with patients; may informally counsel patients as need arises; actively participates in team patient care conferences; performs patient care duties such as feeding, bathing, dressing patients; takes vital signs; observes, reports and records patient behaviors and appearance; effectively implements security regulations; prevents unauthorized movement of patients, visitors and personnel; performs housekeeping tasks, escorts patients and secures supplies and materials; assists in transfer of patients from and to security treatment facility; monitors and participates in patient management on units; after proper training, may prepare and administer medication other than controlled substances and perform first aid procedures; may participate in group counseling sessions; may participate in patient activities; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of psychiatric procedures and principles involved in care and treatment of the mentally ill; knowledge of modern medical, therapeutic and psychiatric routines, methods and procedures; knowledge of safe patient custody in a security treatment area; knowledge of human behavior, behavioral manifestations of mental illness and principles involved in care and treatment of the mentally ill; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to perform basic first aid procedures.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Two (2) years' experience in the care of the mentally ill or emotionally disturbed.
Satisfactory completion of a Medication Course may be required.
Certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
Sixty (60) or more credit hours of college education may be substituted for one (1) year of the General experience.
Incumbents may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate will be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment. Candidates who do not have good character are not eligible for permanent employment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients; may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from patients; may be exposed to significant mental stress and other extremely disagreeable conditions.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HH 18 approved effective June 15, 1990. (Revised to implement SCOPE compensation)