PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
At Whiting Forensic Institute under established security conditions this class is accountable for leading lower level staff in the development and maintenance of an effective therapeutic environment for patients on a unit.
Receives general direction from a Head Nurse or other nursing supervisor.
Leads Forensic Treatment Specialists.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
On an assigned unit on a particular shift ensures proper development and maintenance of therapeutic relationships and safe custody of patients; assists in orientation of Forensic Treatment Specialists; implements nursing care and treatment plans through active participation in patient care conferences and by exercising lead responsibility over Forensic Treatment Specialists; accurately observes and reports patient activities and behavior; effectively supervises and implements security regulations; observes, reports and corrects adverse security conditions including unauthorized movement of patients, visitors and staff; takes vital signs; supervises and may participate in patient management on units; after proper training may prepare and administer medication other than controlled substances and perform first aid procedures; may assist in planning and implementation of patient activities programs; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychiatric procedures, patient behavior and principles involved in care of the mentally ill; considerable knowledge of modern medical, therapeutic and psychiatric routines, methods and procedures; considerable knowledge of procedures used in safe custody of patients under security conditions; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to lead staff; ability to observe and report patient behavior and reactions; ability to perform basic first aid procedures.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience as a Forensic Treatment Specialist.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough character investigation of each candidate will be made. Candidates who do not have good character are not eligible for permanent employment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients, may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from patients and may be exposed to significant mental stress and other extremely disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HH 20 approved effective January 15, 1988. (Revised to implement SCOPE compensation)