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CNA-2 - Mental Health Assistant 1

Req #: 26409
Facility: Asante Three Rivers Medical Center
Location: Grants Pass, OR
Department: Cardiac Center (1000-63011)
Category: Clinical Support Services
Schedule: Full Time
Hours: 0645-1915
Target Salary Range: $15.36 - $19.20
Union Position: No

The Mental Health Assistant/CNA-2 Position Overview

The Medical/Cardiac unit at Asante Three Rivers is a 30 bed inpatient unit, with an additional 2 psychiatric hold beds within the department. The average patient census is 27 with 2 to 3 holds a day. The Mental Health Assistant patient ratio is 1:2 in the hold room and 1:1 on the floor. If there are no mental health holds in the unit, the Mental Health Assistant will then work as a CNA-2 on the floor with a patient ratio of 1:6 for dayshift and 1:8 on nightshift.

The Mental Health Assistant/CNA 2 for Behavioral Health Services assists in maintaining, restoring, and promoting patient's health through the application of psychiatric-mental health nursing principles as directed by a registered nurse (RN).

As a Mental Health Assistant at Three Rivers Medical Center, you will have the opportunity to:

Promote and maintain a safe and therapeutic milieu (therapeutic community) by monitoring the unit environment and communicating effectively with team members

Utilize the nursing process to identify and resolve problems with the scope of practice. This may include:

o Collecting data, making observations, and reporting conditions/changes to the RN based on symptoms, psychosocial and age specific needs

o Providing input into the multidisciplinary treatment plans for patients and implementing care based on these plans

o Documenting patients' response to nursing care and significant events consistent with established charting standards

o Facilitating psycho-educational and recreational groups

Anticipate and respond effectively to critical/emergent situations and intervene in critical and/or life threatening situations effectively and coordinate resources for an effective response

Document patient's response to nursing care and significant events consistent with established charting standards



Completion of an OSBN approved CNA-2 training program required

Documentation of continuing education in the Health Sciences


No experience required, however 1 year mental health experience or equivalent preferred

Experience in an acute care mental health setting also preferred.


CNA-2 certified by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) required upon start

Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) required upon start

Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician (NCPT) by the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians (AAPT), preferred

Required Skills

Adaptability, flexibility, and a positive attitude

Ability to problem-solve, interpret, and deal with variables in an efficient and logical manner

Ability to communicate effectively and work interdependently with others

Ability to recognize and respond to the human dignity in those we serve

Working Environment / Physical Requirements:

This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis for example to transfer a patient in and out of a bed. The ability to bend, stretch, twist and perform other awkward physical movements is also required. To be placed in this position, applicants must pass a physical functional screening. This position works in a high stress level environment - emotional stability and maximum output of emotional energy is essential.

Compensation & Benefits

Competitive starting wage

Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, and wellness

Excellent retirement package with up to 6% employer contribution

Generous Earned Time Off

Tuition reimbursement after one year of service

About Asante and Southern Oregon

Asante is a local, community owned and governed, not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive health care services to more than 550,000 people in a nine-county area of Southern Oregon and Northern California. It includes Asante Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners throughout the Rogue Valley, and additional health care partnerships. Virtually all medical specialties and services are represented within an organization dedicated to providing exceptional care. With over 5,000 employees, Asante's entities offer outstanding opportunities for career advancement and professional growth. At Asante your work positively impacts your family, friends, neighbors and the community. Experience the difference in how you work, how you live and how you connect.

At Asante we are defined by our values traits that guide us as we serve patients and the community:

Excellence - Respect - Honesty - Service Teamwork

Asante is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employ and advance in employment women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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