Inpatient Behavioral Health Specialist

Centura Health

Denver , CO  

2018-03-30 2018-04-29
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Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,000 of the most talented hearts and minds in medicine, leadership and business.

Through Centura Health’s 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician clinics, Flight for Life® Colorado, home care and hospice services, we offer a diverse range of work settings in a Colorado or western Kansas community you will love to call home.

Located in central Denver’s historic Washington Park residential neighborhood, associates at Porter Adventist Hospital enjoy beautiful surroundings, leading technology, outstanding leadership and easy access to everything great central Denver has to offer. As a full-service Magnet® designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center specializing in behavioral health, cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation, Porter Adventist Hospital treats some of the region’s most complex medical cases and surgery patients. Our Heart and Vascular Institute is the first and only program in Colorado to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. We have also received numerous awards and honors including: The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2014); top 50th orthopedic program ranking by U.S. News & World Report with high performing honors in eight specialties (2014); an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety (2014), as well as many others. The Porter tradition of blending science and spirit began more than 75 years ago by Denver businessman Henry Porter with his generous donation after he experienced care at a Seventh Day Adventist Facility in CA and sought to bring that same philosophy of care to Denver. If you are ready for a career where the work you do truly transcends the walls of a hospital, we invite you to learn more at:

*_Job Description/Job Posting ID: 126014_*

*_Recruiter Contact:_* Gwyn Williams -

*_Clinic/Department:_** 6101 PAH PSYCHIATRIC *


*_Schedule:_* Part Time

*_Shift:_* Evenings

*_Position Summary_*

Establishes a therapeutic relationship with, and provides age appropriate care to assigned patients. Facilitates the maintenance of the therapeutic environment in the inpatient psychiatric unit. Communicates patient mental and/or physical status changes to professional clinical staff.

*_Minimum Education Requirements_*

* Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or related human services field

*_Minimum Experience Requirements_*

One year previous experience working with psychiatric and / or substance abuse patients OR 100 hours of supervised clinical experience in an accredited post-bachelors program leading to a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, Counseling or Social Work Knowledge of therapeutic milieu, basic psychological theories, and group, family and individual therapy Strong communication skills and ability to manage conflict


* Current Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association upon hire or required within 90 days of hire

* Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) training preferred

*_Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )_*

* Demonstrates critical thinking in delivery of assessment, crisis intervention, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of quality care to Behavioral Health inpatients to meet patient care needs. *

* Facilitates individual, group and family therapy, as well as psycho-educational groups, and participates in recreational therapy activities, to promote patients’ emotional, spiritual and psychological health. *

* Facilitates milieu management to ensure a therapeutic, safe environment. *

* Participates in physical care of patients including, but not limited to, assisting with activities of daily living, taking vital signs, weighing patients, collecting routine urine, stool, and sputum specimens. *

* Responds to potentially dangerous situations with low-level interventions to avoid harm to patients or staff.

* Participates in higher-level interventions whenever necessary. *

* Ensures safety of patient in least restrictive manner. *

* Performs all duties in a conscientious, courteous and caring manner to maintain positive customer relations. *

* Engages patient and family to foster compliance with plan of care. *

* Reports patient status changes and needs to RN, Social Worker or other professional clinical staff in an accurate and timely manner. *

* Uses calming techniques to assist the patient in situations that might escalate to a problematic status. *

* Maintains professional demeanor when subjected to aggressive behavior (verbal, sometimes physical) by out-of-control patients and /or family. *

* Enlists help from Security Officers or other staff when appropriate. *

* Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. *

* Communicates in a therapeutic manner to patients and families. *

* Communicates and collaborates with others in a direct, respectful and effective manner to deliver quality and cost effective patient care. *

* Documents all patient care activities and behaviors according to established processes. *

* Maintains thorough and confidential patient records. *

*_Physical Requirements_*

* Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly

*Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014:* Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does _not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014_. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
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