Catholic Health Initiatives Recreation Therapist Acute Behavioral Unit PRN Mercy in COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa

Recreation Therapist Acute Behavioral Unit PRN Mercy


CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit online at

Job Summary / Essential Duties:

  • Assesses patients upon admission according to specific program policies and procedures.

  • Formulates and implements Therapeutic Recreation Treatment programs according to individual patient needs as determined by evaluations and assessments. Develops treatment plans to include goals, objectives and methods to achieve the same within time frame designated and methods to achieve the same within time frame designated in the unit specific Policies and Procedures manual.

  • Administers quality treatment modalities for both individuals and groups.

  • Communicates verbally or in written form to treatment teams regarding patient’s assessment, progress, or evaluations.

  • Fosters an open climate so that effective communications between Therapeutic Recreation staff and other departments can take place.

  • Assumes the individual responsibility for personal and professional growth.

  • Attends mandatory Behavioral Health Services and hospital educational programs each year.

  • Attends and actively participates in departmental and unit staff meetings as appropriate.




Minimum of 360 hours in a Therapeutic Recreation Internship program, preferred.

Education / Licensure :

Educational equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Board Certified or certification eligible through NCTRC, preferred.

BLS or BLS instructor certification is required upon hire. Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include the following: American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Safety and Health Institute: CPR, PRO, must say “Professional Level-with AED”, and American Heart Association: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

Will obtain the following within six (6) months of employment:

  • CPI Certification

  • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting-APS (IA only)

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Demonstrated clinical therapeutic recreational skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills; with patients and co-workers.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication.

  • Ability to drive hospital bus/vehicles (chauffeur’s license).

  • WSI or BSI (preferable but not mandatory).

  • Demonstrated skills and adaptation of all Therapeutic Recreation equipment.

Lifespan Competencies

The Caregiver must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his/her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and developmental needs over the life span as described in the department policies, procedures, performance appraisal standards and/or by competency programs.

Job Patient Care Support


Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0108188