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Providence Mental Health Specialist - Inpatient Behavioral Health in Everett, Washington


Providence is calling a Mental Health Specialist (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in the Inpatient Behavioral Health at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Everett, WA

The Mental Health Specialist will work with other team caregivers of inpatient unit staff to provide patient care in a variety of job duties, and under the direct supervision of the RN, or the Mental Health Professional Therapist / Social Worker, or the inpatient unit Manager or Director.

Provides hospital level and focused patient care, support, and milieu management for patients with behavioral health conditions and illness. Under the direction of an RN or other designated clinical staff, observes and reports on patient conditions. Responsible for and/or supports the daily and various therapeutic activities care of the patients. Collaborates with the multi-disciplinary treatment team in the initial developing and modification of treatment care plans both during the admission process, and during the in-patient hospitalization.

In this position you will:

  • Provide milieu management of patients using a Trauma Informed Care approach under the guidance and supervision of the RN, or other mental health professionals / social workers on the unit

  • During the admissions process, may participate in the gathering of information from families as outlined by departmental admission procedures

  • Give input and recommendations to the initial care plan including practical and therapeutic approaches that may benefit the patient

  • Provide feedback and information either directly to the RN and other mental health professional team / social worker members regarding observed behaviors of patients, and charts the information directly into Epic; This includes all activities whether they are within or outside the norm of expectations on the unit

  • Work directly with the RN's and other mental health professionals to give valuable input and recommendations to the care and treatment plans of the patients throughout their hospitalization

  • Act in a collaborative team environment to maintain the effective and proper functioning of the unit by monitoring patient condition and activity

  • Utilize various de-escalation techniques as needed

  • Survey and monitor the unit at all times to ensure security and safety are maintained

  • Provide life support in emergency situations until code team arrives

  • Maintain high level of awareness of the condition of unit milieu and problems which could endanger others including observations of patients in relation to their disabilities, age and medical diagnoses

  • Conduct and/or co-facilitates with the MHP both group and individual therapy in the areas of recreational, skill building, mindfulness, or other therapeutic activities as assigned on the unit's daily schedule in a manner that is consistent with maintaining professional boundaries

  • Provide timely and appropriate therapeutic support for group or individual activities that are in alignment with the MHS role and meet the agreed upon needs of the milieu

  • Be responsible for the development and facilitation of leisure and exercise activities for patients of all ages and abilities

  • Perform direct observations of patients with suicidal or homicidal thoughts; and observes family or collateral involvement as directed

  • Report observations to the RN or other mental health professional, or charts the information directly into Epic

  • Support activities and actions to improve collaboration and liaison with other departments referring agencies and outside providers

  • Possibly assist discharge planning process of the patient by making and completing phone contacts with providers and others

  • Contribute to high quality unit functioning by maintaining professional standards and ethics and strict confidentiality of information

  • Possibly accompany patients to court hearings

  • Report immediately any changes in patient condition, physical or behavioral to the RN assigned to the patient

  • Perform routine and assigned duties to ensure the proper maintenance and functioning of the unit for quality assurance, regulatory guidelines, and as needed; Examples of this include inventory of patient belongings during the initial admission process as well as checklist of patient belongings and related documentation upon discharge

  • During the discharge process, may support the physical warm hand-off of the patient to their family or the next provider

  • Coordination of Care:

  • Create strength-based, collaborative care planning with the patient and their family/support systems

  • Develop and maintains effective working relationships with various departments, community health, social service agencies, payors and other partners

  • Advocate for support appropriate to the age, biopsychosocial needs, cultural, spiritual, and health literacy of the patient. Identifies barriers to continuing care and planning of next level of care

  • Function within the existing care team model

  • Collaborate with the inter/multi-disciplinary team facilitating care conferences for complex patient care coordination

  • Advocacy:

  • Act as an advocate for the needs and interests of the patient and their family/support system by supporting self-determination and autonomy

  • Advocate for navigation of complex healthcare systems, various payers, community services, education, system changes, etc.

  • Adhere to mandatory reporting of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation

Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) card must be from the following authorized governing bodies:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) - (BLS Provider),

  • American Red Cross (ARC) - (BLS for Health Care Provider), - or-

  • Military Training Network (MTN) – (BLS Provider) upon hire

  • Agency Affiliated Counselor with Washington State Department of Health within ninety (90) days on hire

  • Two (2) years in an acute or residential inpatient psychiatric facility in a similar role

  • Applicable internship or practicum experience may be applied towards required years of experience

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Science fields (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or other related field)

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Everett, WA is the state’s most award-winning hospital for medical care; having received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence four years in a row. Our new state-of-the-art 12 story hospital tower and the implementation of Epic EMR will significantly enhance our patient’s experience throughout the continuum of care.

The hospital is located in Snohomish County on the Sound and close to the mountains, so outdoor activities such as snow skiing, kayaking, and golfing are at your doorstep. The communities in Snohomish have all the comforts and appeal of small towns, with historical districts, beautiful homes, interesting boutiques, and unique restaurants, yet the city life of Seattle and Bellevue are just 30 minutes south, while the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, BC lies only 2 hours north.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details —

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

About the Team

Providence has been serving the Pacific Northwest since 1856 when Mother Joseph and four other Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver, Washington Territory. Today, Providence is the largest health care provider in Washington located in communities large and small across the state. In western Washington, Providence provides care throughout the greater Puget Sound from Snohomish County to Lewis County.

Our award-winning and comprehensive medical centers are known for outstanding programs in cancer, cardiology, neurosciences, orthopedics, women's services, emergency and trauma care, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care. Our not-for-profit network also provides a full spectrum of care with leading-edge diagnostics and treatment, outpatient health centers, physician groups and clinics, numerous outreach programs, and hospice and home care.

We are committed to the principle that every workforce member has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

We are committed to cultural diversity and equal employment for all individuals. It is our policy to recruit, hire, promote, compensate, transfer, train, retain, terminate, and make all other employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin (including certain language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, and military and veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. We will also provide reasonable accommodation to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified caregiver or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of our business.

We are a community where all people, regardless of differences, are welcome, secure, and valued. We value respect, appreciation, collaboration, diversity, and a shared commitment to serving our communities. We expect that all workforce members in our community will act in ways which reflect a commitment to and accountability for, racial and social justice and equality in the workplace. As such, we will maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on any applicable legally protected status. We also expect that all workforce members will maintain a positive workplace free from any unacceptable conduct which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Requsition ID: 124902
Job Category: Behavioral Health
Job Function: Clinical Care
Schedule: Full time
Shift: Day
Career Track: Clinical Support
Address: WA Everett 1321 Colby Ave

Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.