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Senior Behavioral Interventionist - 8E Adult Psychiatry

University of Illinois Medical Center
The Loop, Illinois
Closing date
May 29, 2024

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Senior Behavioral Interventionist - 8E Adult Psychiatry

Hiring Department: 8E Adult Psychiatry

Location: Chicago, IL USA

Requisition ID: 1023583

Posting Close Date: May 29, 2024

Position Number: CF0262

About the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health)

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) provides comprehensive care, education, and research to the people of Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a 495-bed tertiary care hospital, 22 outpatient clinics, and 13 Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers. It also includes the seven UIC health science colleges: the College of Applied Health Sciences; the College of Dentistry; the School of Public Health; the Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, including regional campuses in Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.

This is a full-time and benefits eligible position. UI Health offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience. In addition all full time benefits eligible positions include a comprehensive benefits package which include; Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefit pension plan as well as paid leave which includes; Vacation, Holiday and Sick. In addition we offer tuition waivers for employees and dependents. Click for a complete list of Employee Benefits.


The Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Unit is seeking a full time Senior Behavioral Interventionist. This position will work under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). The Senior Behavioral Interventionist delivers patient care utilizing the Relationship-Based Care model as a framework. The Senior Behavioral Interventionist also provides care and takes initiative to improve patient outcomes by supporting Shared Leadership, Evidence Based Practice and Magnet's Five Models of Care in clinical practice. Through therapeutic relationships with patients, families, self and colleagues, the Senior Behavioral Interventionist functions as an interdisciplinary team member who provides patient care and fulfills unit and organizational goals. The Senior Behavioral Interventionist will also be a unit-based instructor in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) who will be providing training to staff year-round.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Maintain a safe environment, evaluates and plans unit activities that emphasize close observation of psychiatrically unstable patients. Such activities include one-to-one coverage, 15-minute checks, on-unit and/or off-unit activities, etc.;
  • Develops, maintains, implements, and evaluates patient care plans in cooperation with the health care team
  • Refines the department philosophy of care and develops policies, procedures, and orientation for new staff that implements that philosophy;
  • Provide guidance and direction to Behavioral Interventionist and meets with Administrative Nurse to give feedback when needed
  • Conducts in-service classes to teach other health team members the theories of psychiatric care and interviewing technique
  • Provides care for patients who have a mental illness, emotional conditions, and/or developmental disabilities
  • Systematically observes, reports, and documents subjectively and objectively the covert and overt baseline data regarding patients' psychological and behavioral states
  • Plans therapeutic outings, off-unit tests, and procedures; assists patients with the activities of daily living, accompanies patients to off-unit tests/procedures/outings when necessary
  • Performs routine measurements of the state of the patient's physical health
  • Implements portions of the nursing care program as assigned by the Registered Nurse
  • Assists with verbal de-escalation, distraction, redirection, seclusion, and restraining patients exhibiting explosive and aggressive behaviors
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications Required:
  • A Bachelor's Degree with 18 semester hours in one or more of the behavioral sciences (i.e. psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, political science, etc.) or a closely related field.
  • Two (2) years (24 months) of direct patient care experience in a psychiatric or mental health care setting comparable to the first level (Behavioral Interventionist) of this series.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous Inpatient Psychiatry experience
  • CPI Certified or to be obtained once hired
  • BLS Certified or to be obtained once hired

To Apply: For fullest consideration click on the Apply Now button, please fully complete all sections of the online application including adding your full work history with specific details of your duties & responsibilities for each position held. Fully complete the education, licensure, certification and language sections. You may upload a resume, cover letter, certifications, licensures, transcripts and diplomas within the application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application you will not be able to make any changes. In order to revise your application you must withdraw and reapply. You will not be able to reapply after the posting close date. Please ensure the application is fully completed and all supporting documents have been uploaded before the posting close date. Illinois Residency is required 180 days of employment.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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