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Activities Aide - Full & Part Time

Universal Health Services


Location:
ASHLAND CITY, TN
Date:
04/25/2017
Job Code:
215897
Universal Health Services
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Activities Aide - Full & Part Time

Job Code:  215897
Facility: Oak Plains
Location: ASHLAND CITY, TN US Southern
Region: Southern
Travel Involved: 0-10%
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: High School or equivalent 
Skills:  
Category: Support
FTE: 1
Position Summary:

Working at UHS
UHS gives exceptional people the opportunity to work where technology is making valuable advancements in healthcare. The professionalism and drive of our employees are the most important factors in the quality of service UHS provides.
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.
Working at Oak Plains Academy
Oak Plains Academy is a comprehensive and highly structured 90-bed residential treatment center located on 25 acres of rolling hills in Ashland City, Tennessee. Oak Plains provides psychiatric and neurological treatment services for males and females, ages 5-17, who have significant history of emotional or behavioral issues. The clinical programs at Oak Plains Academy have been designed to address the needs of children and adolescents with a primary psychiatric/ neurological diagnosis. Residents receive an individualized treatment plan, geared to meet their personal needs. A professional tem of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurses, and teachers work closely with each resident to assist them to achieve there therapeutic and education goals.

 
Requirements

The Activities Aide is responsible for assessing patient’s leisure and recreational activities, providing age and developmentally appropriate activity groups and establishing behavioral treatment goals in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Oak Plains Academy.

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology, Education or related field or a technical degree in areas of allied health.
or
Minimum of 45 credit hours (3 semesters) completed in continuing undergraduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Counseling or related field or completion of a related vocational/technical degree program plus one year recent related experience.
or
High School Diploma plus two years experience in the area of mental health with demonstrable competence in required knowledge and responsibilities. Certain skills and experiences may serve as meeting position requirements with managerial approval.

Must demonstrate competence in obtaining, and/or recording general body appearance and mental status, general admission information and explaining the Patient Rights and responsibilities to all new patients.

Must maintain certifications in CPR/AED, First Aid and Handle with Care.
Must obtain F endorsement or commercial licenses within the first 90 days of hire.
Must demonstrate basic knowledge of emotional and mental health and disease concepts including the disease of addiction. Must have clear communication/interaction skills and demonstrate competency in facilitating therapeutic groups.

Physical Demands: Moderate to heavy. Satisfactory health, strength and stamina to meet the physical, mental and emotional demands and stressors that position requires: walking, running, standing, lifting, irregular working hours, and assisting with the restraint

This position requires use of "Handle with Care" protective hold procedures as a last resort for protection of residents and staff.

Exhibits flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the patients and unit.
Demonstrates understanding of psychiatric emergency levels and effectively and safely responds to emergency situations in a calm, constructive and positive manner.
Utilizes effective communication skills in reporting pertinent information in a timely manner.
Informs supervisor of current activities on the unit and reports unusual occurrences, incidents or other problems.
Represents the hospital in a manner that conveys a professional, courteous, caring, and cooperative attitude.
Is knowledgeable of Patient Rights and treats all patients with dignity and respect in a consistent, caring manner.
Understands need for and maintains appropriate confidentiality at all times when interacting with patients, families, visitors, referral sources and all other contacts
Transport residents to the YMCA and level outings as needed.
Follow transportation guidelines (i.e. if you are taking male residents off campus, male staff must accommodate you, if you are taking female residents off campus, female staff must accommodate you. Make sure that you stay in staff to resident ratio while off campus).
Assesses the needs of each patient and formulates appropriate treatment goals, along with objects to achieve the goals and documenting findings clearly.
Provides leisure time activities to patient on a weekly basis. Provides therapeutic recreation groups to patients.
Has knowledge of group process and co-facilitates groups effectively. Assists patients and staff in planning leisure activities.
Provides appropriate crises intervention by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors. Utilize verbal de-escalation techniques to address disruptive and/or dangerous behaviors. When necessary as a last resort staff will utilize techniques taught in the Handle with Care training.
Use active listening skills and appropriate tone and volume of voice, while offering a variety of positive coping skills. Always provide positive reinforcements, maintaining appropriate boundaries and promoting a positive peer culture among residents.
Follows program schedule/milieu with minimal supervision. Follows program rules and guidelines and ensures residents compliance with same.
Promotes the development and safety of the residents; through following the TF-CBT PRAC skills process by; 1. Safety First 2. Determine the trigger, and feeling 3. Identify coping skills. Remain alert at all times, by using forethought to anticipate potentially unsafe situations.
Completes timely and accurate documentation of resident’s behavior.
Attends and completes all scheduled in-services and trainings as required.
Practices good handwriting techniques, follows Universal Precautions. Alerts supervisors to risk management and quality concerns.
Assesses and ensures the needs of the residents are being met in relation to clothing, linens, and personal hygiene supplies. Supervises residents’ personal hygiene tasks.
Escorts residents to mealtime, outdoor/indoor recreation, educational activities and participates in their supervision and instruction as needed. Transports residents to and from medical appointments or other off campus activities when needed.
Displays consistency and is positive in interactions with others, to include exhibiting a positive role model for residents and fellow employees. Accepts constructive criticism and suggestions in a positive manner. Maintains safe boundaries with residents and co-workers, uses self disclosure appropriately.
Willingly accepts additional responsibilities outside routine job functions.
Have necessary materials available to conduct psycho education groups. Begin and end all scheduled activities on time. Convey pertinent information timely and clearly to Unit Manager / Lead MHA.
Provides appropriate crises intervention by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors. Utilize verbal de-escalation techniques to address disruptive and/or dangerous behaviors. When necessary as a last resort staff will utilize techniques taught in the Handle with Care training.
Use active listening skills and appropriate tone and volume of voice, while offering a variety of positive coping skills. Always provide positive reinforcements, maintaining appropriate boundaries and promoting a positive peer culture among residents. Staff will utilize tools in the TF-CBT tool box to help the resident regain control of their behaviors.
Assures cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned work area/unit and proactively assist in all security, maintenance, and safety functions as required for the overall facility.
Supervises resident/student search(s) as required.
Participates in the rotating call out schedule.
Dresses appropriately according to the Personal Appearance Policy.
Performs additional duties as assigned by the Unit Manager, Lead MHA, Director of Residential Services, or other administrative persons.
Demonstrate all Service Excellence Standards and Principles.


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