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Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant Supervisor - Evenings

Date Posted:  Aug 20, 2019
Requisition ID:  16034

Richmond, IN, US, 47374


The Psychiatric Attendant Supervisor supervises and coordinates patient/resident treatment service wards within a state institution.  Specific duties involve placing subordinates on ward assignments and checking on patients to see that medication, treatments and good patient care/developmental training is provided. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Trains and supervises Psychiatric Attendants in providing proper patient care and implementing resident programs;
  • Explains institution policies and procedures to subordinates;
  • Plans daily work schedule for each subordinate psychiatric attendant and prepares monthly work schedules;
  • Organizes and assigns subordinates to areas where they are best qualified to care for and train patients and accomplish assigned goals and objectives;
  • Assures adherence to institutional standards and makes recommendations for staff changes;
  • Arranges for Psychiatric Attendants to accompany residents to clinics such as, X-Ray, Dental Laboratory, etc.;
  • Reviews, evaluates, counsels and disciplines subordinates;
  • Recommends hiring, promotion and demotion of subordinates;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

Preferred Experience:
  • Specialized knowledge of psychiatric nursing care practices or developmental training techniques and ability to apply them to patient/resident care;
  • Practical knowledge of/and ability to use and instruct subordinates in proper use of medical equipment;
  • Practical knowledge of federal, state and institutional regulations involving patient/resident care;
  • Practical knowledge of/and ability to supervise according to State Personnel Division and institution procedures;
  • Ability to make decisions in adverse or emergency situations;
  • Ability to speak and deal effectively with people and to train, evaluate and counsel the Psychiatric Attendant staff;
  • Ability to plan and maintain effective patient care and resident programs;
  • Ability to keep personnel records and documentation on patient care;
  • Ability to control difficult residents and situations and to use gentle self-defense techniques;
  • Ability to determine and assign subordinates to areas in which they can perform most successfully.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.
Difficulty of Work:

Work consists of complex though standardized tasks, requiring the application of supervision of and training of subordinates in prescribed nursing and habilitation procedures, routines and/or developmental training techniques.  On occasion, work may require emergency decisions and actions such as physically controlling seriously disturbed patients according to recognized therapeutic control procedures.  Work is also complex in organizing and assigning duties to subordinates.


The Psychiatric Attendant Supervisor receives both general and detailed instructions.  This role is responsible to the institutional physicians, nurses, or mental health administrators and cannot deviate from instructions, guidelines and established procedures relative to resident care and training.  Errors in judgment can result in patient discomfort and/or inadequate care or documentation.  Judgment is required in supervising and controlling the work of subordinates and recommending changes in procedures to effectively care for and/or train patients.

Physical Effort:
This role performs work in an environment where sitting for extended periods of time could be expected.
Depending on the duties performed or environment setting, frequent walking, standing, climbing stairs or ladders, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling and/or similar movements may be involved.
This role requires above average strength when restraining one or more patients or offenders as per departmental policy and procedure.
This role requires the ability to lift patients and push wheelchairs in some cases.
This role requires legible handwriting to help partners in understanding written communication.
This role requires the ability to run short distances to provide immediate care, protection, or attention to patients or offenders.
Working Conditions:
This role performs work in a state operated hospital facility.
This role performs work in a standard office environment.
Operations may require this role to be available after hours (on-call) and/or work rotating shifts, evenings and weekends, or irregular hours.
There is potential for exposure to infectious diseases in this role.
This role requires a high level of attention and safety due to work activities having risk of injury or loss of life.

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