CNA Psych Tech- PRN- Days- BH Adolescents

Nursing Support (e.g., CNA’s, Phlebotomists, Transporters) Edinburg, Texas


Position at Behavioral Hospital at Renaissance


Provides direct and indirect patient care under the direction of a registered nurse.  Provides for the personal care and comfort of psychiatric patients.  Provides a safe, clean environment.  Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.



  • High school/GED required
  • CPI training required within 30 days of hire date.
  • Current CNA certification required.
  • Current BLS/CPR certification required.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all levels of nursing, administration, and physicians
  • Prefer hospital experience



  • One - two (1-2) years experience as a nursing assistant; behavioral health setting preferred
  • Requires strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Requires reasoning ability and good independent judgment.
  • Must present a professional image.
  • Requires working with frequent interruptions.



  • Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others. Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices
  • Conducts a full client inventory in the Intake area.
  • Give report to the nurse and tech picking up client in the Intake area.
  • Does not leave the client unattended at any time.
  • Identify any contraband and dispose of it appropriately.
  • Identify if client has brought home medications. If so coordinate with the nurse and the family so that medications can be sent home.
  • Orient patient and family to BHR processes. Monitoring, programming, activities, and phone numbers for units.
  • Assist on units in between admissions coordinating this task with the Intake Department.
  • Orients patients to the unit, takes admission vital signs and records on the Nursing Assessment Form.
  • Performs and records patient vital signs, intake and output; notifies RN of any changes.
  • Provides general nursing care, i.e., transferring patients, assisting with ADLs.
  • Continuously observes patients' behavior, mental status and activities, notifies RN of any changes or unusual occurrences.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify behaviors that require intervention.
  • Escorts patients when leaving the unit for activities and scheduled tests.
  • Able to perform patient safety checks at scheduled times, documents appropriately.
  • Responsible for one-to-one observation for high-risk patients.
  • Able to assist with restraining a patient, placing a patient in seclusion.
  • Participates in patient care conferences.
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to the Nurse Manager, RNs and physicians.
  • Demonstrates the ability to set limits for patients and other de-escalation techniques.
  • Orients new staff members to the staff.
  • Assists with therapeutic groups under the direction of the RN.




Charge Nurse   →   2.  Supervisor of Counseling Services   →   3. Director   →    4.  VP of Behavioral Hospital