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.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.Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, temporary/hourly, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 2. Under the supervision of the Mental Health Supervisor and the Charge RN, the Mental Health Specialist (MHS) uses a variety of clinical therapeutic modalities and skills to manage the milieu and provide direct patient care to all patients admitted to the Medical Respite Program. The MHS works with patients with complex medical, behavioral health, and homeless issues and has an advanced level of experience, knowledge and training to independently address critical patient care decisions and interpret the Involuntary Treatment Act. The MHS is responsible for ensuring the safety of the patients in the program, including the determination of immediate intervention in the case of medical or behavioral health 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 homeless patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The MHS participates in unit and departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving, and communication, and for continued clinical development.RESPONSIBILITIES:Performs basis physical care and other tasks delegated by supervisor or Charge RNAssists in maintaining safe, therapeutic milieuContributes to ongoing psychosocial patient assessmentsUses clinical expertise when initiating patient care plans with interdisciplinary team and implements plan of careDeescalates potentially dangerous situations and promotes stability on unit, maintains patient/staff safety and manages aggressive patient behaviorLeads therapeutic individual and group sessionsDetermine when immediate intervention is needed and provides direction in emergenciesDetermines when further evaluation is required in order to involuntarily detain a patientCoordinated patient transfer to the emergency department when necessary and provides the emergency department team with documentation to evaluate if involuntary detention is warrantedParticipates in the training of staff, students, and volunteers in the unitMay provide direction or assign tasks to other staffRecognizes and communicates abnormal findings to nursing and case management teamRecognizes and communicates observations related to effects and side effects of medications and signs of substance intoxication, withdrawal, and over-sedationAdheres to HMC policies related to documenting all aspects of careProvides patient/family education regarding patient dispositionIncorporates discharge planning into patient careCommunicates with providers, authorities and others for patients' continued care including the emergency departmentDocuments using the computerized medical recordStocks and organizes all areas of medical respitePerforms other duties as requiredREQUIREMENTS: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. DESIRED:Passion for working with a homeless populationExperience 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.