Sep 27, 2020

BEHAVIORIAL TECH - NEUROBEHAVIORAL UNIT

  • Hospital for Special Care
  • New Britain, CT, USA

Job Description

Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving both adults and children. Located in New Britain and Hartford, we operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

  • QUALIFICATIONS
    • Required – Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or healthcare related field or 10 years clinical experience in a inpatient/residential rehabilitation, psychiatric or developmental disability setting.
    • Required - Valid current Driver’s License
    • Required Ability to read, write and understand instructions.
    • Preferred – Six months experience working in a rehabilitation/treatment or human services setting.
    • Preferred Experience working with groups or teams.
  • JOB SUMMARY
    • The Behavioral Tech is a paraprofessional care giver who assists in the care and treatment of patients who have sustained an acquired brain injury. The Behavioral Tech works/functions under the direction and supervision of the Behavioral Specialist and/or Registered Nurse.
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS
    • Job Requires:
      • Occasionally: Sitting overhead reaching, climbing, squatting, kneeling, crawling, and lifting/carrying of 100 pounds.
      • Frequently: Bending, pushing/pulling of 60 pounds of force and lifting/carrying of 50 pounds.
      • Constantly: Standing, walking, forward reaching, gripping, and fine hand manipulation.

    • Job requires standing frequently throughout the day for usually no longer than 60 90 minutes at a time. Job requires the ability to move/carry over 100lbs. (as in a patient restraint or patient transfer). Fine manipulation is required as related to writing, and computer usage. In addition, gross motor skills are required as related to complete and utilize PMT/CPI training, including all aspects of physical skills
  • COGNITIVE DEMANDS
    • Job allows for the application of learned knowledge and basic follow through on easily identifiable steps. Reference materials are available. Limited inference is necessary. Some selective attention is necessary to complete task.
    • Job requires legibility, spelling accuracy and logical sentence and paragraph organization. A working knowledge and familiarity with professional medical terminology and definitions is required.
    • Job requires a high level of communication skill including expression of abstract/complex ideas, use of negotiation and active listening and an ability to dialogue with multiple parties.
    • Job requires an ability to comprehend lengthy and complex messages or paragraphs and to follow multistage and 3 step commands.
    • Job requires the ability to add and subtract two digit numbers. Multiply and divide 10's and 100's by 2, 3, 4, 5. Perform basic arithmetic operations with coins and bills for the purpose of cashier/petty cash, etc. Performs operations with measuring units such as cup, quart, foot, yard, ounce, pound, milliliter, and kilograms.
    • Job requires flexibility of thought, reasoning, organizational skills, and ability to function in behavioral and physical care situation.
  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
    • Supervises patients at all times maintaining appropriate level of supervison as specified. Handoff communication is always performed.
    • Performs direct patient care functions under the direction of the RN in accordance with hospital policies, procedures, and protocols.Supervising and assisting patients in daily scheduled activites, and skills trainings or practice. Following standard operating procedures and therapeutic techniques for the Program.
    • Follows patients Individual Treatment Plan. Maintains familiarity with each patients assessments,/interventions. Utilizes appropriate therapeutic modalites and interventions to meet patient outcomes and department goals.
    • Performs efficiently in emergency situations following established protocols. Actively promotes environmental/patient safety using effective preventative measures.
    • Establishes therapeutic relationship with patients. Incorporates awareness of age, developmental, cultural, disabilities, and other patient needs into care provided for assigned patients. Models positive behavior and effective problem solving techniques.
    • Documents behavioral observations, responses to care planinterventions and daily treatments as per hospital standards.
    • Promotes productive work relationships by demonstrating respect for all roles and their contribution to the team through effective communication skills.Communicates operational/clinical issues utilizing appropriate channels.
    • Organizes and assits with structured group activites.
    • Consistently models to patient/families appropriate and therapeutic interpersonal staff/patient interactions.
    • Handles crisis situations in a safe, effective manner, utilizing the least restrictive, safe patient care alternative.
    • Performs other related duties as required, assigned or directed by charge nurse.
    • Demonstrates ability to anticipate, address and de-escalate patient distress situations prior to patients’ loss of control as designated in their treatment plans.

At HSC, we are a family. Each person who is a part of our team of over 1,000 employees and volunteers offers unique talents and perspectives. We all believe in keeping the same shared value of making our patients the center of what we do. By combining all of our unique skills and shared values we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients.

We are dedicated to creating an environment of care and engagement that makes us one of the most desirable places to work. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a competitive benefits package.