Mental Health Associate -Evening/Midnight Shift -

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

Job Description

ChristianaCare, a healthcare organization with 1100 beds between two Magnet recognized hospitals (Christiana and Wilmington) and the only Level 1 Trauma service on the East Coast corridor between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Honored repeatedly as "One of America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report!



Competitive pay with shift differentials and generous paid time off.

Robust Benefits Package


Mental Health Associate - Evening/Midnight shift - 5B Medical Christiana. 5B is medical inpatient unit located on the 5th floor at Christiana Hospital is currently seeking Mental Health Associate.


The Mental Health Associate will contribute to the overall operation and de-escalation of patients in the department and the day-to-day care of adult patients offered on the unit. The Mental Health Associate will also collaborate with other health care professionals on patient treatment, diagnoses, discharge plans, and related information. This position is 36 hours per week, working the evening/morning (midnight) shift, at Christiana Hospital. Holidays and Weekends per the guidelines of the department.


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



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


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.

Job Details


Christiana Care Health System


4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, Delaware 19713
United States

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Job Posting: 800919

Posted On: May 06, 2021

Updated On: Jun 05, 2021