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Providence Mental Health Worker in San Pedro, California


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Providence is calling a Mental Health Worker (Per Diem Day Shift) to Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital in San Pedro, CA.

Please upload a current resume reflecting all applicable experience.

We are seeking a Mental Health Worker who will serve as a member of the nursing team under the direct supervision of a registered nurse providing direct and indirect care. The Mental Health Worker is responsible for collecting and reporting of information to the supervising RN or Charge Nurse and completion of all patient care related tasks and documentation. Additional responsibilities include ADL's, vital signs, patient observations/rounding and to observe safety risks throughout the unit.

In this position you will:

  • Patient Safety and Care: Round for safety check /room checks and secures contraband items. Follows The Joint Commission safety goals. Adheres to all hospital and departmental policies, procedures and regulatory requirements. Assists with activities of daily living (ADLs), meal set-up and feeding, hygiene, toileting and vital signs. Applies knowledge of suicide awareness and safety risk identification in observations and interactions with patients at risk for self-harm, injury or who have legal holds. Assists with patient transfer and ambulation as needed. Reports identified risks, abnormal vital signs, patient behavior concerns and safety issues immediately to RN. Participates in team meetings.

  • Admission and discharge process: Perform patient admitting functions of reviewing unit admission forms, obtaining signatures and handling patient belongings for safety and in accordance of patient rights. Prepares for patient discharge by clearing room, obtaining personal belongings/pharmacy items and coordinating other discharge information with healthcare team.

  • Milieu: Round regularly during shift to all areas of unit to check on security of unit for safety and maintaining program milieu. This includes appropriate rooms locked, halls cleared. Security concerns are immediately reported to RN.

  • Patient Rights: Demonstrate knowledge of patient rights and applicable legal requirements for behavioral health patients through communication and interactions with patients and staff. Assists with emergency situations under direction of nursing for safety of patient.

  • Customer Service: Answer phone calls, greets and directs all patients and visitors in a timely, friendly and courteous manner. Receives positive feedback from co-workers and patients. Supports unit goals to improve the patient experience.

  • Technical: Accurately obtain patient’s vital signs. Supports RN in obtaining accurate weights. Application and removal of restraints. Assists with basic orthopedic devices as directed by the RN. Performs other technical duties appropriate to area of practice under direction of the RN.

  • Visitor management: Check in visitors according to visitor policy and safety needs of unit and patient.

  • Documentation: Record required information on designated department forms and EMR accurately and within expected timeframes.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • H.S. Diploma or GED

  • Avade Training upon hire

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider BLS.

  • Six (6) months experience providing direct patient care as a MHW in a behavioral health or chemical dependency inpatient, residential or outpatient program/unit.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills for regular contact with employees, patients and patient’s families.

  • Positive interpersonal skills.

  • Basic math and computer skills.

  • Good organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology/anatomy.

  • Ability to work with others in a flexible, cooperative manner.

  • Moderate mental application and concentration to handle varying procedures and interruptions.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Coursework/Training

  • One (1) year behavioral Health experience or related experience.

About the hospital you will serve. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro is a 259-bed nonprofit hospital that has served the Harbor and greater South Bay communities since 1925. Our Medical Center offers a comprehensive array of medical and surgical services each distinguished by innovation, quality and excellence in its respective area. We received the CHART “Certificate of Excellence” for receiving superior or above average results across the majority of outcomes and process measures publicly reported by CHART. We ranked in the top 21 among more than 240 hospitals throughout the state compared by California Healthcare Foundation, and were the first location in the South Bay to carry the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. As a member of Providence Health & Services, we are continually driven by the caring tradition of our heritage – the foundation of our Mission and core values – to embrace respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship. Providence Health & Services today celebrates unprecedented growth, recognition for top quality health care, a vibrant employee culture where new ideas are encouraged and a drive to help the underprivileged - all with an eye toward the future.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Night

Job Category: Behavioral Health

Location: California-San Pedro

Req ID: 292041