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Behavioral Health Technician - Duke Regional Hospital - Emergency Services
Requisition Number: 235936
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Durham, NC, US, 27710
Personnel Area: DUKE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Date: Aug 18, 2023
Duke Regional Hospital offers the personal touch and hometown feel of a
community hospital while serving as an essential arm of the internationally
recognized Duke University Health System. Duke Regional has served Durham,
Orange, Person, Granville, and Alamance counties for more than 45 years. To be
successful at caring for our community and have a strong reputation among
patients who seek our care, we have 3,500 team members who work together to
provide exceptional, compassionate, and equitable healthcare 24/7. We are a
place of learning and acceptance for team members just starting their careers,
as well as an institution of family culture and professional development for
employees who have served for decades in our hospital units. Duke Regional has
388 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical, and
diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, women's
services, and heart and vascular services. We also offer care at our Duke
Rehabilitation Institute, Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center, Duke Ambulatory
Surgery Center Arrington, Health Services Center, and Duke Behavioral Health
Center North Durham. In fiscal year 2021, Duke Regional Hospital admitted
16,422 patients, performed 18,152 surgeries, and welcomed 2,673 babies into
the world. U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #9 in
North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2021-22. The Human
Rights Campaign consistently names us a Healthcare Equality Leader, and we are
a Joint Commission-accredited and Magnet-designated hospital.
Duke Nursing Highlights:
Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet organization.
Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North
Carolina's Great 100 Nurses.
Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing
Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong
advocates of specialty nursing certification.
Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses.
Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
Relocation Assistance (based on eligibility)
Behavioral Health Technician – Duke Regional Hospital – Emergency
Schedule: 7pm - 7am x 3 shifts per week
The Emergency Department at Duke Regional Hospital is a newly renovated
Emergency Department comprised of 79 total beds, which includes: 49 beds for
the Emergency Medicine unit, 12 beds Clinical Decision Unit, and an18 bed
Behavioral Health Unit. Our team is active in delivering exemplary care for
each patient to ensure an excellent patient experience, every time.
Perform a variety of routine activities to provide physical and psychological
care to patients with psychiatric disorders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Observe patients and assesses progress on daily basis; report significant
changes in patients' condition and/or behavior to supervising RN.
Interact with patients on a one to one basis providing recreational or
social activities and reinforce patient teaching.
Assist patients in activities of daily living including making beds,
bathing, personal hygiene, feeding and dressing.
Assist patients with position changes, range of motion exercises,
transfers and walking.
Provide care and monitoring of patients in seclusion and/or restraint.
Provide protection and control for patients as required to ensure patient
safety in the facility.
Participate in restraining combative patients as necessary.
Ensure compliance with safety and infection control guidelines including
universal precautions for self and patients.
Participate in staff discussions to assess, coordinate and execute patient
Maintain a clean, neat and safe work environment; activities may include
but not be limited to tidying room, cleaning equipment, changing bed
linens, restocking work areas, keeping rooms and hallways clear of debris,
Practice proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and
departmental policies and procedures: immediately reports any mechanical
or electrical equipment malfunctions, unsafe conditions, or
employee/patient/visitor injuries to manager.
Participate in review of activities and processes for work area; assist in
implementing changes to effect continual improvement in services provided;
comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
Assist in organizing and conducting recreational activities.
Interact with patients on a one to one as well as small group basis;
assist patients in planning how the treatment plan can be optimally
utilized for their benefit.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Graduation from high school or GED.
1 year of experience working with patients with substance abuse, mental
health, dementia diagnosis, intellectually or disabled preferred.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Listing on the Nurse Aid Registry of North Carolina
Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor in North Carolina
Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in North Carolina
Certification as a Behavioral Health Technician by The Academy of
Addiction Professionals or American Medical Certification Association
If a hire does not meet 1 of the 4 requirements, the BHT must start the
process to complete one of the requiremenst within 1 year of employment
and complete within 2 years.
BCLS certification must be maintained/completed by the end of new hire
orientation, which typically takes place during the first week of
CPI certification strongly preferred
Meet DUHS credential to perform analysis of blood glucose from finger
sticks and report findings to nurse. Complete quality control measures for
this equipment. Participate in specimen collection according to test
requested. Is responsible for patient identification, specimen labeling,
and collection verification. Instruct patients in collection and
preservation of urine, sputum and stool samples for analysis. Obtain and
record vital signs, intake and output amounts or other measures as
delegated within 90 days of employment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of special procedures that are applicable to work performed.
Knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine
treatments to patients.
Knowledge of sanitation, personal hygiene, infection control, and basic
health and safety precautions applicable to work in a health care
Knowledge of specimen collection, storage and transport.
Knowledge of behavioral principles and individual responses to stressors.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with
patients and hospital staff.
Ability to work with, express sensitivity and understanding, and secure
the cooperation of patients, including maintaining sympathetic attitude
Ability to keep calm in stressful situations.
Ability to maintain routine records and prepare reports.
Ability to recognize patients in emergency states and seek appropriate
Ability to maintain confidentiality and other patient rights.
Ability to understand, follow and communicate/relate oral and written
instructions and pertinent information accurately.
Ability to apply proper body mechanics and safety. individuals in didactic
or recreational groups.
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
Job Title: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN
Job Code: 4007
Job Level: C1
Revised Date: 01/01/2023
Supervisory Responsibility: No
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