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Providence Health & Services Mental Health Associate - CNA *Nights* in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Mental Health Associate / CNA - Mental Health Adult (0.9 FTE, Nights) to Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR.

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We are seeking a Mental Health Associate (MHA) - Mental Health Adult who will provide patient care under the direct supervision of the RN, with indirect supervision of mental health skills by an employed Mental Health Professional. 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, observes and reports on patient conditions, changes, and collaborates with treatment team in developing treatment plans. Is sensitive to needs of these patients and alerts care team leaders of a change in status of the patients on the inpatient psychiatric unit.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide for the milieu management of patients using psychosocial rehabilitation approaches under the guidance and supervision of the RN or other mental health professional

  • Serve as monitor of activities on the unit and provide one to one visualization of the patients assigned

  • Provide feedback and information to the RN and other team members regarding observed behaviors of patients that are outside the norm of expectations on the unit

  • Provide for the effective and proper functioning of the unit by monitoring patient condition and activity

  • Maintain unit security and provides 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

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

  • Support activities and action to improve collaboration and liaison with other departments referring agencies and outside providers, may assist discharge planning process and patient in 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

  • Provide care for ADLs as needed, and other nursing assistant duties within the Scope of Practice for C.N.A.s in Oregon

  • Provide input to RN, LCSW, MHP and MD regarding patient observations

  • Survey and monitor unit facility to ensure safety is maintained. Take immediate action to remediate and troubleshoot issues

  • Conduct recreational and therapeutic activities as assigned in a manner that is consistent with maintaining professional boundaries, provide timely and appropriate therapeutic support, and is deemed within the Scope of Practice of a CNA2 and deemed appropriate for the patient population

  • May accompany patients on trial visits into the community for external discharge placement

  • Accompany patients off of unit to procedures within the hospital

  • 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


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree -OR- a combination of applicable work experience and education

  • Coursework/Training:

  • Three (3) years of relevant education -OR- training, -OR-

  • Three (3) experience in an intensive psychiatric residential -OR- outpatient setting, -OR-

  • One (1) year in an acute inpatient psychiatric facility

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA-BLS) Certification and re-certification every two (2) years

  • Current certification and Oregon State license to practice as a CNA2, or have completed the basic CNA and CNA2 program within one (1) year of hire

  • For the Geriatric Psych unit at MHA, a current CNA2 certification and Oregon state licensure to practice

Preferred qualifications for this position includes:

  • A CNA and CNA2 certification For the Child and Adolescent Psych unit only

  • One (1) year experience in an inpatient mental health setting

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As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

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Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Night

Job Category: Behavioral Health

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 317029