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Behavioral Health Specialist - Full Time Days & Evening Shift Rotation - Emergency Department

Job Title Behavioral Health Specialist - Full Time Days & Evening Shift Rotation - Emergency Department Location Scranton, PA Job Category Nursing Support Services, Nursing and Nursing Support Schedule Rotation Work Type Full time Department GCMC Emergency Medicine Team Date posted 07/22/2024 Job ID R-63766

Job Summary

Responsible for providing Behavioral Health services to adults, adolescents, children, and/or families throughout the hospital.

Job Duties

  • Provides one to one direct observation and companionship to assigned patients.
  • Observes and reports potential safety risks, provides psychological support to patients, visitors, and families as appropriate.
  • Provides independent or supervised therapeutic interaction in the Behavioral Health and Emergency Department setting and other clinical areas as assigned.
  • Observes and documents patient behaviors in a therapeutic clinical manner, intervening in accordance with training and relaying information to clinical staff as appropriate.
  • Provides direct physical care as needed, including assistance with activities of daily living, behavior management in accordance with training, and collaboration with leadership to determine need for and proper use of physical restraint and seclusion if absolutely indicated.
  • Perform rounding on and visualization of Behavioral Health patients within the acute Emergency Department and other areas as assigned.
  • Uses non-violent intervention techniques; completes and maintains current training in both violent and non-violent restraint application and maintenance.

Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.

Benefits of working at Geisinger:

  • Full benefits (health, dental and vision) starting on day one
  • Three medical plan choices, including an expanded network for out-of-area employees and dependents
  • Pre-tax savings plans with healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA) and a health savings account (HSA)
  • Company-paid life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability coverage
  • 401(k) plan that includes automatic Geisinger contributions
  • Generous paid time off (PTO) plan that allows you to accrue time quickly
  • Up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement per calendar year
  • MyHealth Rewards wellness program to improve your health while earning a financial incentive
  • Family-friendly support including adoption and fertility assistance, parental leave pay, military leave pay and a free membership with discounted backup care for your loved ones
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Referrals for childcare, eldercare, & pet care; Access free legal guidance, mental health visits, work-life support, digital self-help tools and more
  • Voluntary benefits including accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity insurance, identity theft protection, universal life and pet and legal insurance
  • Shared governance structure that empowers our Surgical Technologists 
  • Professional opportunities for growth and advancement 
  • Support and mentorship from a full range of dedicated leaders 
  • Community involvement through our Employee Resource Groups 
  • Employee referral incentive program 

Join the Geisinger Family! Apply now! To learn more about Geisinger opportunities, please contact Nikki Kaleta,

Position Details

  • Full Time, Days & Evenings Rotation (36 Hours weekly)

  • 7am - 7:30pm & 3pm - 11:30pm rotation

  • Every other weekend and holiday rotation required


Bachelor's Degree-Related Field of Study (Required)

Certification(s) and License(s)

Valid Driver's License - Default Issuing Body; Basic Life Support Certification - Default Issuing Body


Communication; Patients Rights; Medical Records Management

About Geisinger

Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes ten hospital campuses, a 550,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Geisinger values who you are, where you are from, and where you are going. We seek out people of various backgrounds and cultures with unique abilities, non-traditional career paths and ambitious aspirations. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. Read more about Our Commitment to Inclusive Recruiting.

Our Vision & Values

Everything we do is about making better health easier for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities.

KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves.

EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence.

LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow.

INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family.

Our Benefits

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and prescription coverage.


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