Adventist Health System Behavioral Care Associate Behavioral Health PT Nights in Shawnee, Kansas


Work Hours/Shifts

Shawnee Mission Health

SMH has provided faith-based, whole person care to the Kansas City community since 1962. SMH is more than just a hospital campus. We’re a network of health care facilities working to exceed expectations by delivering quality care with compassion and supporting an exceptional staff of more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties.

Our mission of Improving Health Through Christian Service is achieved each and every day through the dedication and commitment of our associates, physicians and volunteers. We strive to be a regional beacon of wellness, hope and healing attracting customers seeking unsurpassed clinical quality and compassionate care for the whole person, following the example of Christ's healing ministry.

The largest health care provider in Johnson County, Kansas, the SMH network includes SMMC and SMH - Prairie Star and will soon include SMH - Blue Valley, a third major health care facility. Our 54-acre campus at SMMC is comprised of the main hospital, a community health education building, six physician office buildings and an associate child care center. The Emergency Department at SMMC is the busiest in Johnson County. We deliver more babies each year at the Shawnee Mission Birth Center than any other hospital in the metropolitan area and our Center for Women’s Health is nationally recognized. We have seven Shawnee Mission Primary Care locations with more than 30 Board-certified doctors who specialize in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics as well as Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care locations.


You will be responsible for:

  • Create and support a therapeutic milieu for the safe implementation of treatment.

  • Protect patients’ rights in the delivery of behavioral health care.

  • Perform Observation Rounds on assigned patients in a random pattern, on a quarter-hour basis based on the precautions that have been assigned to the patient, observing patients carefully based on which precautions the patient is on. Document the rounds in real time.

  • Observe patients to detect behavior patterns and reports observations and concerns to the Registered Nurse.

  • Utilize clear and positive communication skills such as listening, interpreting, gathering and providing information, and confronting, in assessing and providing therapeutic intervention for managing patients’ and families’ needs and concerns.

  • Understand and implement patient-centered care and trauma- informed care.

  • Maintain professional boundaries while implementing a therapeutic associate-patient relationship.

  • Help patients with their personal hygiene, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, basic oral hygiene, keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean and other activities of daily living.

  • Take and records measures of patient’s general physical condition, such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration, oxygen saturation, percentage of meals eaten, hours of sleep, height and weight.

  • Perform blood glucose testing (waived test) as ordered by physician.

  • Orient patients and families to the unit.

  • Identify early signs of escalation in a patient and effectively de-escalates patients with minimum use of restraints.

  • In conjunction with the team, and at the direction of a physician or Registered Nurse, intervene to restrain violent or potentially violent or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.

  • Monitor and care for patient in restraints according to policy guidelines.

  • Assist the Registered Nurse in completing Skin Safety Checks maintaining privacy, dignity and respect.

  • Perform Environmental rounds per policy.

  • Maintain a safe and therapeutic milieu for patients and associates at all times. Report and initiate corrective measures of any known unsafe environmental conditions.

  • Monitor contraband materials and enforce unit rules and regulations without entering into power struggles with patients.

  • Participate as a member of the treatment team and provide input into the formulation of patients’ treatment plans.

  • Document findings in the electronic medical record within the scope of practice.

  • Participate in committees and sprint teams according to unit need.

  • Demonstrate skill in monitoring and interacting with patients on one-to-one status to optimize patient outcome and protect from harm.

  • Recognize my own and others' attitudes, values, and expectations about mental illness and addiction. Engage in reflective practice about one’s own beliefs and values, including stereotypes and biases (e.g. racism, ageism, gender bias and homophobia), and the impact on the care of patients with mental illness and addiction.

What will you need?

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • 1 Year of Position-Related Experience

  • One year of work experience in an Inpatient/24-hour-per-day mental health/substance abuse setting.

  • BCLS obtained through the American Heart Association

  • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training – must be obtained within 90 days of employment

  • 2 to 5 Years of Position-Related Experience Preferred

  • Certified Nurse Assistant training and/or experience Preferred

This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or disability/handicap with respect to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.