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 Psychiatric Emergency Services Department has an outstanding opportunity available for a part-time (90%), day shift, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 2 to utilize a variety of clinical/psycho-therapeutic skills and contribute to the bio-psycho-social assessments of patients, to collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment team members in planning, implementing and documenting care from admission to discharge. Participate in unit and departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving and communication, and continued clinical development. RESPONSIBILITIES: Contributes to and documents initial and ongoing bio-psychosocial patient evaluations and assessments and plan of care Works with crisis situations - Responds to alerts, securing patients in the unit, assisting staff respond safely to emergency situations and following the directives of the charge nurse Contributes to patient discharge plan as a member of the Inter-disciplinary teamExamines new patient belongings and remove hazardous objects, drugs and other items that are dangerous or potentially dangerous to the health of the patientChecks visitors and remover hazardous items that could put patients or staff at riskParticipates in patient rounds to review patient status Observes and report changes in patient behavior or demeanor Delivers notices to patients regarding court procedures and treatment and assist patients in completing paperwork from the court Assist patients in obtaining treatment through court- mandated processes acts as a patient advocateMentors and trains new staff regarding unit protocols, procedures and processesPerforms other duties as requiredThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.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.
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.