Behavioral Health Nurse

Department: Programs
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: COO

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Position Summary:

Under general supervision, the Behavioral Health Nurse provides professional nursing care to clients with developmental disabilities who have behavioral needs, providing direct care services which include facilitating social and emotional needs, providing teaching to clients and their families, supervising medication schedules and evaluating client progress.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conducts intake assessments through interviews with clients and relatives to gather case history.
  • Plans and provides nursing care for patients.
  • Makes nursing diagnosis of the medical and emotional status of clients and recommends treatment options.
  • Consults with physicians and other behavioral health staff in designing appropriate treatment plans for clients.
  • Administers and notes reactions to psychotropic drugs and other medications.
  • Arranges further medical attention when necessary.
  • Assists the client in understanding the nature of emotional disturbances and accepting the need for treatment.
  • Keep accurate written charts and records of client activities and progress. Complies with all laws, rules, regulations, protocols, policies, and procedures.
  • Use professional judgment to ascertain and to apply appropriate intervention techniques with clients in crisis.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and clients.
  • Tests for vital signs of pain and ensures treatment of pain.
  • Documents all client information on medical charts and follows physician’s written orders.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Maintains accurate records and documentation of client treatments, immunizations and laboratory results according to standard medical recordkeeping.
  • Performs administrative assignments such as filing, answering phones, typing, and completing progress notes in the computer system.
  • Performs related duties, as requested.
  • Upholds the Agency’s code of ethics and customer service standards.
  • Performs other tasks or duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited college or university.
  • CPR certification and Behavior/Crisis Management certification required. BLS, ACLS certifications a plus.
  • Valid NJ RN license in good standing required.
  • Minimum of 2 years clinical experience, preferably in a behavioral healthcare setting, DD/ID setting or combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledgeable of patient rights and laws pertaining to behavioral health and regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing and the treatment of the mentally and/or emotionally ill. Knowledge of theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy; symptoms and behavior patterns of developmentally disabled individuals.
  • Advanced knowledge and clinical skills in diagnosis and treatment of mental health; professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of emotional and mental illness; social, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders. Knowledge of medical and psychological terminology, medications, including psychotropic drugs, and effects on psychiatric patients; control, preparation, and administration of medications.
  • Demonstrates sound leadership skills and utilizes these skills in organizing the activities and schedules for medical and/or non-medical tasks for a given shift; record of consistently high quality of clinical and interpersonal skills to be an exemplary role model to others.
  • Displays basic knowledge of treatment procedures and interventions common to acute psychotic as well as non-violent crisis intervention practice, medical and psychiatric emergency procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of abnormal psychology; thorough familiarity of psychopharmacy and the use of psychotropic medications, basic teaching, and training skills helpful; problem-solving; organizational and time management; crisis intervention skills.
  • Ability to apply professional nursing care principles and procedures in the evaluation and treatment of clients with behavioral healthcare needs. Develop interpersonal therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy. Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; skills in facilitating and/or co-facilitating process-oriented and didactic groups.


  • Detail oriented
  • Integrity
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Reliability

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


  • 0 – 10%. Must be able to travel in all modes of transportation

Essential Physical Functions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to occasional lift objects up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to continuously walk to stand.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to multi-occupant office with multiple conversations simultaneously occurring
  • Occasionally the employee may be required to perform job duties outside of a typical office setting.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret written documents, medical charts, and terminology.
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of group of 1+ or more people.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to manage and analyze data

Computer Skills:

  • Computer proficiency.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to reason with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.

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When finished, send applications to:
Aniya Rodriguez
1000 Woodbridge Center Dr
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Office: 732-360-8065

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