Mental Health Counselor CNA

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Provide care through effective planning, intervention and evaluation. Meet the needs of the patient, family, and multi-disciplinary team through effective communication, coordination, and documentation and under direct supervision of a registered nurse. Coordinate patient care and report patient changes to the appropriate team members. Ensure that the progress of patients is communicated to staff, physicians, other departments and family. Provide patient with assigned activities and tasks. Document patients´┐Ż condition in medical and facility records according to policy and regulations. Provide therapeutic interventions on an individual and group basis which are congruent with team structure and program expectations. Participate in the development and implementation of treatment plans when requested. Maintain under the direction of the nurse, ongoing communication with internal and external individuals and/or agencies as appropriate, utilizing effective customer service skills. Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory guidelines and requirements. Demonstrate age related care skills as defined by unit patient populations.

The attached Job Description details the essential functions of your position. The list below is also considered to be essential functions of your position and all employees within SCL Healthcare are expected to meet the following in their day-to-day work:

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time

  2. Be available to work overtime if needed

  3. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others

  4. Be respectful of all with whom you interact and follow the Lutheran and SCL Service Behaviors

  5. Be well groomed and dressed appropriately for your role

  6. Be in compliance with the drug and alcohol policy as stated in the Employee Handbook

  7. Be sufficiently rested to perform your duties throughout the period assigned

  8. Demonstrate a willingness to learn

  9. Be able to communicate clearly, think clearly, and concentrate on assigned tasks


Required: High School Diploma or GED, One Year Behavioral Counseling inpatient experience required or 3 years addiction experience (as evaluated by the supervisor). Successful completion of nurse assistant training program.

Preferred: College degree


Required: BLS on hire, Certified as a Nurse Aid in the State of Colorado

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Based on time in role and previous experience, caregiver applies the appropriate amount of reasoning, deduction and judgment in delivering quality patient care

  • Is able to handle the majority of instructions/directions provided without assistance of other caregivers

  • Is able to discern when to seek assistance in order to ensure quality patient care

  • Completes unit specific competencies/skills by the end of orientation, demonstrates on-going competencies and skills and attends annual mandatory education of such

  • Unit specific competencies and skills to include the following:

    Admits except for assessments required by RN, co-signed by RN

    Discharge notes and paperwork, co-signed by RN

    Vital signs

    Attend annually required mandatory education and skills fair

    Develop skills around basic addiction interventions, such as motivational interviewing and supportive


Organization: West Pines Behavioral Health, Wheat Ridge, CO
Primary Location: CO-Denver/Boulder/Surrounding Areas-Wheat Ridge
Department: EWP-Chem Dep-Unit
Schedule: Per Diem/PRN
Shift: Variable Shift
FTE: .001
Job Number: 17008628
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