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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
Working at Oak Plains Academy
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
completes all scheduled in-services and trainings as required.
Practices good handwriting techniques, follows Universal
Precautions. Alerts supervisors to risk management and quality
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Demonstrate all Service Excellence Standards and