Heywood Hospital Safety Specialist, Nursing Floats in Gardner, Massachusetts

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director/ Manager or designee, the safety specialist functions in accordance with established standards of care, standards of practice and policies and procedures for nursing service. Responsible for monitoring and assisting patients, as well as assuring patient safety as part of the Multidisciplinary Team.

Job Requirements

Minimum Education

  • High school graduate or equivalent required
  • C.N.A, EMT, Security experience preferred.

Minimum Work Experience

  • Experience with patient care and a desire to work on a Mental Health Unit or other units as needed.
  • Experience with behavioral health patients in in-patient and out-patient settings preferred

Required Skills

  • Willingness to do limited hands on care required.

Functional Demands

Physical Requirements

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Frequently reaches (extending hands and arms in any direction), and handles (seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or working with hands).

Organizational Expectations

Behavioral Attributes

The following behavioral attributes are required: achievement motivation, concern for order, flexibility, initiative, self-confidence, customer service oriented, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork, analytical thinking and information seeking.

Essential Functions

  • Works together with departmental and healthcare teams to complete assignments.
  • Maintains a clean and comfortable environment for patients and visitors.
  • Prevents potential safety hazards from occurring by removing or arranging for the removal of safety hazards from the environment immediately.
  • Prioritizes and reprioritizes work based on the changing needs of the customers.
  • Ensures the safety of patients in the milieu.
  • Performs patient checks, and documents the whereabouts of all patients every thirty minutes or more frequently if requested.
  • Accounts for all patients' locked belongings and sharps, ensuring they are signed out and back in by the end of the shift.
  • Greets and directs all patients, visitors, and hospital personnel that come onto the Geriatric Psych Unit.
  • Responds to patient and visitor needs, as well as, provides information and refers matters of concern to staff.
  • Provides input and patient information to the team that contributes to the safety needs, development, and implementation of the patient care plan.
  • Delivers trays to patients and monitors patient meals.
  • Assists patients in completing menus and obtaining additional nutritional needs.
  • Provides specialized suicide watch to patients needing it to ensure their safety.
  • Maintains and promotes therapeutic milieu to enhance patients' care of plan and treatment.
  • Encourages patient conversations, participation in therapy and inter-patient relationships while observing behaviors.
  • Acts as a liaison between patients and staff by providing information on patient behaviors to ensure patient safety, as well as, enhance care planning and treatment.

Statement of Other Duties

This document describes the major duties and responsibilities for this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that employees may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.

Facility: Heywood Hospital

Department: HH. NURSING FLOATS,6460

Regular or Temporary Position: Regular

Position Control #: 646050600620

Position Hours: Per diem

Shift: Per Diem

Weekend Frequency: Per Diem

Holiday Rotation: Per Diem

Job Title: Safety Specialist, Nursing Floats

Location: Gardner, Massachusetts

Posted Date: 03/16/2018