Mental Health Technician (MHT) Weekends for Days/Nights


Job Details SUN Behavioral Delaware – Georgetown, DE Full Time High School/GED Negligible Days Health CareDescription

Position Summary:

Provides direct and indirect patient care under the direction of a RN or LPN/LVN. Provides for the personal care and comfort of psychiatric patients. Provides a safe, clean environment. Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.

Position Responsibilities:

Clinical / Technical Skills (40% of performance review)

  • Performs and records patient vital signs, intake and output; notifies RN of any changes.
  • Continuously observes patients’ behavior, mental status and activities, notifies RN of any changes or unusual occurrences.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify behaviors that require intervention.
  • Escorts patients when leaving the unit for activities, meals, visitation, and scheduled tests.
  • Able to perform patient safety checks at scheduled times, documents appropriately.
  • Able to assist with restraint (physical hold) of a patient, placing a patient in seclusion under the direction of the RN and utilizing CPI techniques and adherence to policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrates the ability to set limits for patients and other de-escalation techniques.
  • Documentation meets current standards and policies.
  • Answers the telephone in a professional manner, directs calls appropriately, takes messages.
  • Operates equipment safely and correctly
  • Orients patients to the unit, takes admission vital signs and records on the Nursing Assessment Form and/or the EHR.
  • Participates in treatment team meetings. Communicates appropriately and clearly to the Nurse Manager, RNs therapists and physicians.
  • Perform 15-minute observation rounds and documents appropriately.
  • Assists in the orientation of new staff members.
  • Assists with therapeutic educational groups under the direction of the RN or Director of Clinical Services.
  • Responsible for one-on-one observation and constant visual observation for high-risk patients.
  • Responsible for assisting patients needing additional care related to medical needs.
  • Monitors patient’s compliance with pre- and post- procedure instructions, including ECT instructions, under the supervision of the RN.
  • Provides general nursing care, i.e., transferring patients, assisting with ADLs, meals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Safety (15% of performance review)

  • Strives to create a safe, healing environment for patients and family members
  • Follows all safety rules while on the job.
  • Reports near misses, as well as errors and accidents promptly.
  • Corrects minor safety hazards.
  • Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.
  • Participates in quality projects, as assigned, and supports quality initiatives.
  • Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.

Teamwork (15% of performance review)

  • Works well with others in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
  • Responds willingly to colleagues and serves as an active part of the hospital team.
  • Builds collaborative relationships with patients, families, staff, and physicians.
  • Demonstrates listening skills and the ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken and written word.
  • Demonstrates adequate skills in all forms of communication.
  • Adheres to the Standards of Behavior

Integrity (15% of performance review)

  • Strives to always do the right thing for the patient, coworkers, and the hospital
  • Adheres to established standards, policies, procedures, protocols, and laws.
  • Applies the Mission and Values of SUN Behavioral Health to personal practice and commits to service excellence.
  • Supports and demonstrates fiscal responsibility through supply usage, ordering of supplies, and conservation of facility resources.
  • Exemplifies professionalism through good attendance and positive attitude, at all times.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient and staff information, following HIPAA and other privacy laws.
  • Ensures proper documentation in all position activities, following federal and state guidelines.

Compassion (15% of performance review)

  • Demonstrates accountability for ensuring the highest quality patient care for patients.
  • Willingness to be accepting of those in need, and to extend a helping hand
  • Desire to go above and beyond for others
  • Understanding and accepting of cultural diversity and differences



  • Preferred: Some college classes. Certified Nursing Assistant certification
  • Maintains education and development appropriate for position.
  • May substitute experience for education


  • Preferred: One (1) year of experience as a behavioral health technician
  • May substitute education for experience

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