Catholic Health Initiatives Mental Health Technician - Nights in COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa

Mental Health Technician - Nights


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:

  • Assists patients in the development of individuality and appropriate methods of self-expression through promoting an environment in which the patient can problem-solve and test out new behaviors.

  • Assists the patients in acknowledging and accepting responsibility for psychological and behavioral patterns through providing feedback and positive reinforcement, consistently applying program rights and regulations, behavior modification program and communicating in an appropriate manner with the patient.

  • Participates in admission procedures; orients patient and family (significant others) to unit and program.

  • Escorts patients to ancillary departments for procedures/appointments.

  • Escorts patients to off campus to appointments

  • Provides appropriate emergency care and maintains a safe environment. Maintains a secure environment and acts as a resource for emergency situations.

  • Performs basic nursing tasks (i.e. but not limited to: vital signs, blood pressure, specimen collection, accu checks, weighing and assisting with activities of daily living). Assist the nurse in carrying out orders that are within the scope of practice.

  • Provides care and supervision of patients needing to be in the seclusion room (where appropriate).

Hours: 6:30p-7:00a, every other weekend/holiday.



Education and Experience

Preferred: A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service field or Graduate of a Psychiatric Assistant or Nurse Aide training program or one year experience in the Behavioral Health field is preferred. Will consider current nursing students or students studying a Human Services field.

Required: High School Diploma with at least 1 year of experience as a Psych Tech or equivalent.


Required: Physical and mental health, emotional maturity and interpersonal competence. Demonstrated ability to effect planned change in a positive manner. Able to work with a interdisciplinary team. Able to appropriately resolve conflict and crisis situations. Demonstrated ability to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth. An understanding of normal and abnormal development across the life span.


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

-Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Certification

-Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting-APS – IA only

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.

-Job requires continuous communication skills, frequent reading skills, written communication skills, and computer skills.

-Facilitate Individual/group therapies

-Ability to critically think and problem solve

Job Clinical Support


Daily Schedule 6:30p-7:00a

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required Every Other

Req ID: 2018-R0155264