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Req #: 178288
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 03/26/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $16.72 - $22.15 per hour 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Alternate Work Shift 
Notes: This candidate bank will be used to fill multiple Mental Health Specialist 1 positions throughout various units within Harborview Psychiatry.  

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UWs School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Our 5WA (INPATIENT PSYCH), 5WB (INPATIENT PSYCH), and 5MB (PSYCH ICU) units have an outstanding opportunity for multiple part-time, temporary/hourly, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 1. Under the supervision of a RN, the Mental Health Specialist utilizes a variety of clinical/psycho-therapeutic skills to contribute to bio-psycho-social patient assessment, and to collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment team members in planning, implementing and documenting care from admission to discharge for psychiatric patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Additionally, the MHS participates in unit and departmental activities to promote delivery of quality patient care, effective problem solving and communication, and continued clinical development.

  • Contributes to and documents initial and ongoing biopsychosocial patient evaluations and assessments
  • Contributions to development and revision of written plan of care.
  • Implements agreed-upon plan of care
  • Performs basic physical care and other tasks delegated by RNs
  • Recognizes and communicates abnormal findings to RNs
  • Recognizes and communicates observations related to effects and side effects of medications and signs of substance intoxication or withdrawal
  • Adheres to HMC policies related to documenting all aspects of care
  • Provides patient/family education regarding patient's disposition
  • Incorporates discharge planning into patient care
  • Documents care using the computerized medical record
  • Assists in maintaining safe, therapeutic milieu
  • Performs routine care for patients
  • Stocks and organizes work area
  • Participates in group therapy activities
  • Performs related duties as required

    Associate of Arts Degree; AND two years of experience in a mental health setting. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    Active Affiliated Agency Counselor Registration with the State of Washington and active Nursing Assistant Registration (NAR) in the state of Washington prior to the start of employment.

  • Hands-on patient care experience
  • Experience with patient deescalation
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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