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Behavioral Health Specialist

Banner Health

This is a Full-time position in Loveland, CO posted October 9, 2021.

Primary City/State:Loveland, Colorado Department Name:Psych-Hosp Work Shift:Night Job Category:Clinical Care Primary Location Salary Range:$16.24/hr
– $24.35/hr, based on education & experienceIn accordance with Colorado’s EPEWA Equal Pay Transparency Rules.

McKee Medical Center has served the Loveland, Colo.

community since 1976.

The staff is committed to providing excellent patient care, the latest in technological advances and caring attention to patient needs.

The Behavioral Health team on the 2nd floor of McKee Medical Center is a small, close-knit team dedicated to behavioral health care.

This department is an inpatient behavioral health unit, specializing in adult and geriatric care for patients with primary mental health diagnosis.

This is a full-time position working 7p
– 7:30a with shared weekend and holiday rotations.

If you’re looking to join a great team to help provide fantastic care to our patients, this role is for you
– apply today!

McKee Medical Center is a 132-bed, acute-care hospital in Loveland, Colo., a vibrant arts community located 40 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Our hospital offers an array of inpatient and outpatient services including medical, obstetrical, pediatric, orthopedic, surgical, heart, cancer, and critical care.

The McKee Cancer Center and McKee Breast Center are among Northern Colorado’s leading cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities.

McKee is also a Level III trauma center.

We are the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region to be designated an Epicenter for robotic-assisted gynecological surgery by Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the daVinci surgical robot.

Our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals can train on state-of-the-art computerized patient simulation mannequins in our simulation center.

McKee is accredited by The Joint Commission.

POSITION SUMMARYThis position provides direct care to psychiatric patients working under the direction of a registered nurse.


Provides basic nursing care to patients including technical monitoring, taking vital signs and physical care.

Orients patients to treatment setting and assists with activities of daily living as needed.

Reviews and participates in implementation of the patient treatment plan.

Makes rounds and monitors patients activities, physical and mental status and reports to nursing staff.

Checks patient belongings for contraband.

Conducts a variety of patient safety monitoring activities such as observational checks.

Documents observations, interventions, and group activities in the patient medical record while maintaining confidentiality of all health information.


Assists in maintaining a safe, orderly & therapeutic environment.

Maintains patient safety and protects patient rights through observation and reporting patient behaviors, communications, interactions and physical status.

Recognizes patients who are behaving aggressively, acting as a danger to themselves or others, or are in a crisis or medical emergency situation.

Provides intervention including, but not limited to, redirecting of patient and/or participating in restraint or seclusion as needed.


Assesses and interacts therapeutically with patients and families.

Provides treatment that promotes patient dignity, independence, individuality, strengths, privacy, and choice.

Demonstrates respect for cultural diversity and patient boundaries.

Plans and facilitates social and didactic group activities.

May participate in other rehabilitation and treatment programs.


Provides quality patient care by maintaining knowledge and skill level related to the symptoms and treatment of behavioral disorders relevant to position responsibilities and in accordance with state agency regulations.

Maintains knowledge to identify types of medications commonly prescribed for patient group and the common side effects and adverse reactions of the medications.


Assists in the admission, discharge and transfer process of patients and completes required documentation in the patient medical record.


Position completes work under moderate supervision.

Position interacts with all levels of clinical staff on assigned unit/program and members of the multidisciplinary teams, as well as patients, families, and medical and psychiatric physicians.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSRequires a Bachelor’s Degree in a behavioral health related field OR High School diploma or equivalent with 1 year of direct patient care in an inpatient behavioral health setting.

This should include but is not limited to experience in an inpatient psychiatric facility; assisting with personal grooming and other activities of daily living; conducting educational, recreational and skills groups appropriate to current patient population; creating, maintaining, and encouraging an inpatient therapeutic milieu; maintaining observation precautions and applying non-violent de-escalation interventions in crisis situations; recognizing the common symptoms of mental illness such as depression, psychosis, mood dysregulation, substance abuse, maladaptive behavior, and anxiety; understanding how symptoms are related the patient’s mental illness diagnosis and providing ordered treatment interventions appropriate to the diagnosis.

Such experience is commonly achieved in care of patients in psychiatric acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and State hospital programs.

Some outpatient programs, therapeutic group home and residential programs may meet the experience criteria.

Concentration on skills and experiences demonstrating competence in building therapeutic rapport, developing collaborative relationships with the multidisciplinary team, de-escalation techniques and limit setting.

Employees working at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital or BTMC Behavioral must possess an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment.

Employees working in the Banner McKee Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit must possess an Colorado Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment.

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is also required.

Meets age requirement as specified by state agency.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSAdditional related education and/or experience preferred.