Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Psychiatric Technician, Days

    Job Title
    Psychiatric Technician, Days
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    Psychiatric Technician
    7:30 AM-8 PM (Days)

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.

    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Psychiatric Technician who will embrace our rich and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

     The Psychiatric Technician:
    • Provides for cleanliness, grooming, rest, nourishment and elimination as needed. Encourages independent behavior when appropriate
    • Reports observations and pertinent information concerning patients to the Registered Nurse.
    • ​Assists in maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment that respects patients' rights
    • Monitors patients for special risks (falls, elopement, suicide attempt) and reports observations to responsible nurse. Inspects unit for contraband
    • Participates in and may conduct therapeutic milieu activities for assigned patients under the supervision of the Registered Nurse
    • Motivates patients to participate in scheduled daily activities, i.e., community meetings, groups, etc. Assists with activities therapy program under the supervision of the adjunctive therapists
    • Attends individual treatment planning for assigned patients when requested
    • Assists with admission, transfer and discharge procedures. Accompanies patients for scheduled off-unit and off-site activities, field trips, diagnostic tests, etc.
    • Observes patient behavior and when necessary, notifies appropriate staff. Observes when the patient's behavior may be physically harmful to self or others
    • Intervenes with critical patients such as during escalation, suicidal behavior and elopement. Monitors patients on close observation and/or suicide precautions

    Qualified candidates will possess:

    • Graduation from high school
    • Minimum two years of college with academic work in psychology or related field
    • Graduation from an approved psychiatric or nursing technician training program - Need D.C CNA License or Psychiatric Technician Certification 
    • One or more years’ experience working as a Clinical Associate, Nursing Assistant, Mental Health Technician, or Psychiatric Technician
    • Current American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support Card Certification required

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work life balance
    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)

    COVID-19 Vaccination 

    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

    Required Skills

    Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interest; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    Ability to maintain professional behavior in stressful situation including routinely exhibiting professional demeanor in tone of voice, appearance and movement.

    Demonstrate ability to prioritize responsibilities in order to achieve desired results in required time frame and meet deadlines.

    Ability to maintain professional behavior in stressful situation including routinely exhibiting professional demeanor in tone of voice, appearance and movement.

    Ability to operate basic cleaning equipment.

    Competence in both oral and written English.

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