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Req #: 178443
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 05/04/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: 75% of $3,246 - $4,325 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Alternate Work Shift 
Notes: This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (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.

Harborview Medical Center's 5WA PSYCH MENTAL HEALTH Unit has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, 75% FTE (30 hours per week), variable shift, MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 2. Under the supervision of a RN, the Mental Health Specialist 2 utilizes a variety of advanced 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. 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 bio-psychosocial patient evaluations and assessments
  • Contributes to development and revision of written plan of care
  • Implements agreed-upon plan of care
  • Leads therapeutic patient group sessions
  • Provides training and instruction in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to staff, patients
  • 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
  • Mentors and trains new staff regarding unit protocols, procedures and processes
  • Provides information on Involuntary Treatment Act to patient and family
  • Delivers notices to patients regarding court procedures and treatment and assists patients in completing paperwork from the court
  • 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 and reduces safety hazards for patients
  • May contribute to research through interaction with psychiatric interns, nursing students or researchers
  • Stocks and organizes work area
  • Performs related duties as assigned

    Bachelor's Degree AND one year as a Mental Health Specialist I, or equivalent. 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.

  • Current WA State Nursing Assistant Registration
  • Active WA State Affiliated Agency Counseling Certification within 60 days of hire

    Education, skills and experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapies

    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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