Behavioral Health Specialist - Evening/Midnight Shift - 5B Medical

Job Requisition #: JR56533

End Date: 7/2/2021

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Professional

Shift: Evening Shift, Rotation Evening/Morning

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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

Behavioral Health Specialist - Evening/Midnight shift - 5B Medical Christiana. 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 36 hours per week, working the evening/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.

Special requirements:

  • BLS Certification

Why do WE offer careers full of possibilities?

For the Love of Health.

Inclusion & Diversity

At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

Our Values

We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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