NDI-Special Attendant – NIGHTS (3899)

Responsibilities

As the Special Attendant, you will be responsible for providing care and support to patients by encouraging involvement in groups, social activities and other therapeutic measures.  As a Special Attendant, you will collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to determine and provide the best care practices. You will also maintain a safe and secure environment through de-escalation techniques, and will be responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the patients on the unit.

  • Ensure security of residents and maintain orderliness which occasionally requires restraining unruly, dangerous residents.
  • Escort residents to and from various activity and therapy areas within building and off-grounds for medical, dental, or legal needs ensuring maximum security.
  • Assist in the implementation of resident’s treatment plan.
  • Monitor patients during meals, classroom time, bathroom time, and in general areas.
  • Observe, report, and record the condition and behavior of residents.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic interventions using the principles of de-escalation, re-direction, and approved techniques for prevention and management of behavior.
  • Assist residents in cleaning and caring for their living areas, clothing, and supplies.
  • Supervise and/or participate with groups of patients in social and recreational activities and encourage cooperation.
  • Secure doors, search visitors, operate radio system, issue keys, and escort visitors to various areas of the unit.
  • Conduct searches of patient’s rooms, searching for possible contraband, and ensure the safety of each patient.
  • This position may have mandatory overtime.

DIFFICULTY OF WORK

As the Special Attendant, you will function according to a routine schedule providing nursing care to clients under the license of the Registered Nurse. Supervision and guidance are provided by the Special Attendant Supervisor, Registered Nurse, or Assistant Director of Nursing. In this position, judgment is necessary when emergency situations arise.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Special Attendant is supervised by the Special Attendant Supervisor, Registered Nurse, or Assistant Director of Nursing in the completion of assigned duties with little independence. Detection of errors would be moderately high, as the consequences of an error could cause injuries with liability to the institution.

PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS

The Special Attendant is supervised by the Special Attendant Supervisor, Registered Nurse, or Assistant Director of Nursing in the completion of assigned duties with little independence. Detection of errors would be moderately high, as the consequences of an error could cause injuries with liability to the institution.

WORK CONDITIONS

This role may experience periods of high stress and/or pressure.

There is potential for exposure to infectious diseases in this role.

This role performs work in a state operated hospital facility.

This role requires a high level of attention and safety due to work activities having risk of injury or loss of life.

Experience

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE).
  • Certified or willing to become certified in professional rescuer CPR/AED.
  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to apply, psychiatric nursing care practices including administering medications.
  • Ability to write reports and keep records and charts accurately.
  • Ability to respond effectively in emergency situations and to control adverse behavior
  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to apply, behavior modification, self-defense and restraining techniques as needed without injury to residents.
  • Working knowledge of resident’s behavior and ability to anticipate and deal with behavior changes on a daily basis.
  • Working knowledge of institution and unit procedures.
  • Ability to perform and assist residents in performing housekeeping duties and daily living activities.
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions.
Job Category: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Job Location: Indianapolis
Job ID: 3899
Job Start Date: 11/15/2022

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