C.N.A. / Mental Health Worker – (7pm – 7am Shift)AGPU
Established in 1912 as a haven for elderly immigrants, the Los Angeles Jewish Health has grown to become a leading provider leader of senior care in Los Angeles. Today, LAJHealth serves over 1,000 seniors in residence and 3,500 seniors annually through our in-home and community-based services.
We value our employees! We offer long term employment opportunities with job stability, including supporting and encouraging career growth advancement. We offer Health, Dental and Vision insurance, Paid Time Off, 9 Paid Holidays, 403(b) with Matching Retirement Plan, Life insurance (paid by the company) and a team spirit workplace culture!
The Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at the Los Angeles Jewish Health is a remarkable facility for short-term geriatric psychiatric care.
Our state-of-the-art inpatient facility is the preferred choice in Los Angeles County for short-term treatment, incorporating the Los Angeles Jewish Health's nationally-acclaimed model of compassionate, high-quality care.
With specialized geriatric staff and an interdisciplinary team treatment approach, our focus is on reducing symptoms and treating the underlying condition in a calm, nurturing environment. The Unit's beautiful facilities include exclusively private rooms, each with private bathroom.
The CNA/Mental Health Worker’s responsibilities are but not limited to:
• Participate in and receive the nursing report upon reporting for duty. Make rounds with the on-coming personnel. Answer patient request and call lights promptly.
• Assist patients with all applicable ADLs: lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and transporting patients into and out of beds, chairs, bathtubs, wheelchairs, lifts, etc. bowel and bladder functions (i.e., take to bathroom, offer bedpan/urinal, portable commode, etc.), showers, and baths as assigned, daily indwelling catheter care, (i.e., empty bag, gravity flow observation). Provide daily grooming and perineal care. Assist with the application of slings, elastic bandages, binders, etc. as instructed by charge nurse. Give tepid sponge baths, Assist with feeding as indicated (i.e., cutting foods, feeding, assist in dining room supervision, tray passing, cleaning patient after meals, etc.).
• Assist patients in preparing for medical tests (i.e., lab work, x ray, therapy, dental, etc.), activities and social programs (i.e., religious services, parties, visitors, etc.) Assist in transporting patients to/from appointments, activity and social programs, etc., as necessary.
• Ensures that utility room, kitchen, pantries, supply rooms and nurse’s lounge are maintained in a neat and orderly fashion. Remove dirty diaper barrels and put linen carts away before tray pass. Check and arrange closets in a weekly basis.
• Transport involuntary patients to mental health court for hearings and proceedings. Apply and manage restraints as ordered and needed for combative, assaultive or patient’s who attempt to elope. Maintain communications with the unit and charge nurse to ensure safe delivery and return.
• Observe and report the following: presence of pressure areas and skin breakdowns to prevent decubitus ulcers (bedsores), all injuries including those of an unknown source, including skin tears. Inform the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse of any changes in the patient’s condition.
• Document pertinent patient information and inform nurse of any change in condition specific to behavior monitors, close watch, daily vital signs and weights.
• Assures no sharp items, eating utensils, food, gait belts or any other items that may be used by patients to cause harm if left unattended in environment.
• Follows treatment plan and behavior instructions for redirection of patient’s behaviors.
• Constantly observes patient behaviors and promptly intervene when any inappropriate behavior occurs; report any new behaviors to licensed nurse; documents behaviors on close observation sheet.
• Other duties as required.
• Able to work a 7pm – 7am shift.
Experience and Skills
• Must have current CNA certification by the State of California.
• At least 1 year experience working in mental health/psychiatric unit is preferred.
• Experience in Skilled Nursing Facility and with residents suffering from all mental health issues including dementia, a plus.
• Verification of CPR (BLS) training.
• Background clearance, TB screening and successful completion of a health examination by a LAJHealth Nurse Practitioner or M.D.
• Experience with geriatric population preferred, knowledge of CMS Conditions of Participation.