ChristianaCare, a healthcare organization with 1100 beds between two Magnet(r) 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
5B is medical inpatient unit located on the 5th floor at Christiana Hospital is currently seeking Behavioral Health Specialist.
The Behavioral Health Specialist 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 Behavioral Health Specialist will also collaborate with other health care professionals on patient treatment, diagnoses, discharge plans, and related information. This position is 24 hours per week, working the day/morning (midnight) shift, at Christiana Hospital. Holidays and Weekends per the guidelines of the department.
Additionally, the Behavioral Health Specialist 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.
Internal Number: JR56538
About ChristianaCare Health System
ChristianaCare Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are ...positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. 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.
We believe that good health is the cornerstone of progress. We are firm in our resolve to make exemplary health care accessible and affordable to all, dedicated to lowering the high rate of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in minority populations and committed to advocacy and diversity. We are guided by ethical principles in all transactions and strive for excellence in our training and skills.