I currently work at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital as a
Mental Health Specialist Essay and what I do is assist with adult psychiatric
patients, including those who are deaf and have co-occurring disorders. I
am under a the supervision of licensed nursing personnel. I have to be
knowledgeable in age-specific criteria and interventions appropriate for
effective and therapeutic interaction with adult patients. As a mental
health specialist, we help assist patients with their personal needs,
including bathing, dressing, ambulating and oral hygiene.
We take and
record patient’s vital signs, including temperature, pulse, respiration,
and blood pressure. The main objectives that we do observing patients and
monitoring their physical and behavior condition. Then, document what has
been observed in the patient’s legal medical record according to HPH
Nursing Policy and Procedures. We are responsible for escorting and
accompanying patients to the following: therapy area, dining room, canteen
area, court hearings, and doctor’s appointments off-campus, when necessary.
Also as a M.H.
S., we have to maintain clinical competency by attending and
qualifying in all mandatory training classes yearly like: BEST, CPR, cross
training, and age specific criteria. This is just a brief job description
of what a Mental Health Specialist. .