As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Our Medical Respite Program has an outstanding opportunity available for a part-time, Temporary/Hourly, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 2. The Edward Thomas House Medical Respite is a unique medical respite harm reduction program that provides shelter care with embedded nursing, mental health, and case management services to an at-risk homeless population. Medical Respite is a part of the Healthcare for the Homeless Network and is supported by funds from multiple sources including King County Public Health, MIDD, and local hospitals. The Edward Thomas House admits patients referred from all King County area hospitals 7 days a week and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The program is operated by Harborview Medical Center (HMC) at an off-site location next to the Harborview emergency department.
Under the supervision of a RN, the Mental Health Specialist 2 uses a variety of clinical/psycho-therapeutic modalities and skills therapeutic to patients admitted to the Medical Respite Program. The MHS works with homeless patients who have complex medical, psychological and material needs. This MHS has an advanced level of experience, knowledge and training, addressing critical patient care decisions independently. The MHS is responsible for ensuring safety of the patients in the program, including the determination of immediate intervention in the case of a medical or psychiatric emergency. The MHS contributes to the bio-psycho-social patient evaluation and assessment, and collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team members in planning, implementing and documenting patient care from admission to discharge for psychiatric patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Participates in unit and departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving and communication, and continued clinical development.
Contributes to and documents initial and ongoing bio-psychosocial patient evaluations and assessments
Developing patient care plan with interdisciplinary team
Implements agreed-upon plan of care
Performs basic physical care and other tasks delegated by RN's
Facilitates therapeutic sessions and patient/family conferences
Deescalates potentially dangerous situations and promotes stability on unit, maintains patient/staff safety and manages aggressive patient behavior
Recognizes and communicates abnormal findings to RN's
Recognizes and communicates observations related to effects and side effects of medications and signs of substance intoxication or withdrawal
Adheres to HMC policies related to documenting all aspects of care
Communicates with providers, authorities and others for patients' continued care, may include referral to Emergency Room
Documents care using the computerized medical record
Assists in maintaining safe, therapeutic milieu
Performs routine care for patients
Stocks and organizes work area
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment.
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree; AND one year as a Mental Health Specialist I, or equivalent; experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Legal Requirement: Eligible to obtain a valid Counselor Registration with the State of Washington and valid Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR) in the state of Washington prior to the start of employment.
DESIRED: Passion for working with a homeless population and experience with harm reduction.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.