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Behavioral Health Specialist (MHA) - Night shift -

at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Christiana Care is looking for a Mental Health Associate (Behavioral Health Specialist) to work in the inpatient psychiatric units at Wilmington Hospital. The Mental Health Associate will contribute to the overall operation of the department and the day-to-day care of adult and geriatric patients offered on the in-patient psychiatry units and the Psych crisis units. The Mental Health Associate will also collaborate with other health care professionals on patient treatment, diagnoses, discharge plans, and related information. This position is full time, working Night shift, at Union Hospital. Hours would be from 3p-11:30p or 11p-7:30a. Additionally, the Mental Health Associate will be required to work every other holiday and every other weekend.

Additionally, the Mental Health Associate will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Conducts formal and informal educational groups and related activities.
Comprehends psychiatric diagnoses.
Assists in patient discharge and planning procedures.
Diffuses crisis situations, assist in calming patients who have potential for violence, and summons emergency assistance in transferring patients to seclusion room for restraints.
Communicates patients' individual, group and family behaviors to other psychiatric health care team professionals.
Serves as primary caretaker along with nurse, closely follows patients' progress and documents on patient's records.
Precepts new Behavioral Health Specialists and coordinates training with Unit Educator (SDS).
Assists with nursing procedures and activities for daily living, including vital signs, patient hygiene, urine collection, Accu checks and Breathalyzer, EKG, Phlebotomy.
Handles crises line telephone calls.
Attends in-service meetings and unit meetings as required.
Monitors performance improvement protocol and compliance; submits monthly documentation as assigned.
Serves as representative on unit committees to provide input in formulating psychiatric protocol, standards and procedures.
Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to provide care to adult and geriatric psychiatric patients, including knowledge of growth and development, the ability to obtain information and provide care as needed.
Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.
Cross-trains to provide "as needed" coverage for all areas of the department.
Support patients and families in the Bereavement process for trauma codes/heart alerts when needed
Responds to Behavioral Rapid Response team (Identified team members only) call on the medical units and document accordingly
Performs other related duties as required.

Education and experience requirements:
B. S. Psychology, Sociology, Education or related discipline
1 year experience in nursing educational groups
-or-
A. S. Mental Health Services or related principle
3 years experience in nursing educational groups.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Special requirements:
Psychiatric Emergency Assistance Training (PEAT) within twelve months in position.
BLS Certification


EEO Statement:
UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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Job Posting: 1019285

Posted On: Aug 12, 2022

Updated On: Aug 24, 2022