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PeaceHealth Mental Health Technician - Psychiatric Unit in Eugene, Oregon


PeaceHealth is seeking a Mental Health Technician - Psychiatric Unit for a Per Diem/Relief, Variable position. Hourly compensation starts at $16.63, more depending on experience.


Participates with the nursing care team in providing quality, compassionate patient care with an emphasis on the care of the psychiatric patient.


  • Participate in the care, observation, and documentation of all psychiatric patients.This may include assisting with daily living activities; taking vital signs; collecting routine specimens; assisting with dressing; ambulating patients; setting up and assisting with procedures; may include attending and participating in group therapy.

  • Assisting nursing staff with seclusion and/or restraint.Observation of secluded or restrained patients.

  • If assigned to the Emergency Department may assist RN with receiving psychiatric patients by ambulance or law enforcement and triaging these patients.Also may assist with transporting patients.

  • Assist in keeping patient care areas and equipment clean.

  • May be responsible for maintaining unit supplies by stocking patient rooms and supply areas.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Graduate of a Certified Nursing Assistant Acute Care program

  • College coursework in Psychology or other health related field preferred.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply age specific principles of growth and development and life stages to meet each patient’s needs.

  • Inpatient Psychiatric Unit:

  • One year of recent experience in an acute care psychiatric facility or equivalent recent experience caring for or managing individuals with behavioral health issues in a psychiatric setting, or 20 shifts or more floating to the inpatient psychiatric unit as a CNA.


Inpatient Psychiatric Unit:

  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant 2 certification required.(If practicing in Oregon must have CNA II Registration.)

  • Crisis Intervention Certification required within 3 months of hire.

  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire.


  • Ability to apply problem solving process

  • Good time management skills

  • Demonstrated skill with psychiatric patients

  • Demonstrated competence with patient de-escalation, restraint and seclusion


Oregon West Network – Sacred Heart Medical Center:If working in either the Inpatient Psych Unit or the Emergency Department:

  • Graduate of a Certified Nursing Assistant Acute Care Program or EMT Program required.

  • Current CNA II certification or minimum of EMT-Basic certification required.

Oregon West Network – SHMC Inpatient Psychiatry Unit: additional Essential Functions

  • Being present with the patients in order to interact, observe, and report to the direct care or Charge Nurse Patient and milieu status.

  • Responsible for laundering and tracking patient’s clothing as needed; reporting to Social Work patient items needed for discharge.


  • Work requires normal amounts of physical effort at least 66% of the time.

  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.

  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.

  • Reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids.

  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement. There may be more than one opening on this posting.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.