Health Care Worker

PHSA - Port Coquitlam, BC (10 months ago)

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As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

Health Care Worker
Casual (0.01 FTE)
Wage: $23.93 per hour
Forensic Psychiatric Services
Port Coquitlam, BC

Job Summary:
The Health Care Worker works under the functional direction of a Registered Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse or other designate and in cooperation with interdisciplinary team members to assist in the delivery of patient care for an assigned inpatient area of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital which provides services to persons found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder, or Unfit to Stand Trial. Maintains a clean and safe environment for patients and staff. Following established care plans provides personal care; assists with meals and oral hygiene, and performs nursing care duties as applicable. Observes and monitors patients’ progress and behavioural changes and reports significant observations. Responds to call bells/alarms. Utilizes mechanical aides such as specialty beds, wheelchairs and stretchers to transport patients and provides assistance with lifting and/or transferring of patients following established lifting/safety techniques. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Duties and Accountabilities Include:
Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with patients/families and provides support following established care plans; greets patients/families, assists with storage of personal belongings and creation of a safe/comfortable environment, including fostering a culture of patient and staff safety. The health care worker maintains confidentiality and respect for the patient’s rights and privacy.
Provides personal care to patients such as bathes, showers, grooms, dresses, assists with oral hygiene and toileting needs, maintains skin by applying creams and ointments as applicable, serving meals and assisting with feeding patients as required; ensures dietary needs are met.
Performs nursing care functions as applicable such as ensuring they know the Kardex, risk triggers and signature behaviors, nursing care plans of any and all patients they are assigned to and the unit milieu. Communicates reports and records in the patient chart, any patient behaviors’ of concern including patient verbal or physical aggression, or violence to the nurse.
Responds to call bells/alarms by alerting the appropriate health care team member and/or assisting as necessary. Responds to emergent situations by calling appropriate code and assisting care team in accordance with unit/program guidelines.
Observes and monitors patient progress and behavioral changes and reports significant observations such as discomfort and/or pain, or condition/ complaints and/or accidents, which the patient reports and feedback from the patient into the care planning progress to the Registered Nurse or designate; as applicable.

Education, Training, and Experience

Grade 10. Graduation from a recognized Nursing Assistant or Care Attendant program, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
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