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University of Rochester Sr Psych Tech - 223884 in Rochester, New York

Sr Psych Tech

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 092 5-1200-MedSurg Nursing/SMH




Position Summary:

Provides various patient care duties for cognitively impaired, brain injured rehabilitation patients in accordance with department policies and objectives under the direction/supervision of registered nurse. Assists and directs patient in activities that support the rehabilitation plan, maximizes patient and staff safety and documents in Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe environment for patients through continual observation

  • Demonstrates problem solving and critical thinking skills while helping to implement therapeutic/diversional interventions

  • Identifying potential risks and early signs of escalating patient behaviors (agitation, confusion, anxiety)

  • Facilitation of therapeutic and diversional activities to maintain patient safety, refocus, redirect and promote healthy adaptive behaviors by the patient

  • With consultation/direction from registered nurse revises and modifies care plan in response to changes in patient need and alterations in therapeutic/diversional approach

Duties may also include:

  • Assisting patient with ambulation, personal hygiene, bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living

  • Participation in care plan meetings and patient progress reports

  • Collecting and recording vital signs, BP, Temp, HR, RR

  • Lifting, turning, positioning and transferring patients (utilizing mechanical devices if necessary)

  • Consistent with provider orders/care plan and with direction from registered nurses utilize restraints, restraint alternatives, applying, removing protective devices (helmets, braces, etc.)

  • Distributing water, nourishment, meal trays, and assisting patients to eat and drink as needed

  • Emptying, measuring and recording intake and output excluding IV intake

  • Transport patients to and from therapy

  • Collaborates with patients, family members and the interdisciplinary team by receiving end of shift report, participating in team meetings and communicating pertinent information appropriately

  • Accompany patient to therapy for participation support

  • Performs other duties as assigned by Registered Nurse.


  • Uphold the ICare Values

  • Participates in on going staff development programs, workshops and seminars

  • 8 and 12 hour shifts available with rotating holiday assignments per unit policy


AAS degree in a Psychology or Sociology field, and 2-3 years recent Psychiatric Technician experience or Bachelor’s degree in related field, or minimum two years’ of RN Nursing School; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s in Human Services preferred.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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