Behavioral Health Tech - Inpatient Float

  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Nov 11, 2021
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions Technical Aids

Job Description

Schedule: 7PM-7AM, 3 nights a week including weekends and holidays.

We are currently searching for a Behavior Health Tech to provide direct and observational care for the comfort, safety, and personal needs of pediatric patients under the direction and supervision of the RN. Performs indirect unit support needs related to supplies and equipment.  Varied schedules to include weekend and holiday patterns.

Essential Functions

  • Provides individualized age-specific patient/family care, performing and/or assisting with care to keep the patient(s) safe as delegated by the RN.  Adhering to hospital policies and procedures, under the general supervision of a licensed nurse RN.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate care for infant, toddler, preschool, school age and adolescent patients.
  • Utilizes patient/family input in delivering individualized patient care.
  • Completes delegated tasks in an appropriate time frame, based on patient needs such as vital signs, intake/output, height/weight/head circumference measurements, ADL’s, preparing for patient arrival/discharge, transports, tests and assists RN/MD with procedures. 
  • Participates with the multidisciplinary team in providing feedback/input into the patient/family care needs.
  • Sets and revises priorities based on patient care urgency, patient/family/staff requests, other department demands/schedules, utilizing available resources as necessary.
  • Assure the safety of the patient(s) from self and the environment.
  • Provides for patient comfort, dignity, and satisfaction by actively participating in activities with patient(s) fostering an environment conducive to therapies and healing.
  • Help prevent patient from pulling out catheters, tubes, and/or injuring themselves.
  • Remains at the bedside of the patient to permit their constant visual observation.  The patient is never left alone or allowed to go out of line of sight.
  • Remain in the patient’s room unless they have been relieved by a nurse or another care provider who can provide uninterrupted observation.
  • Performs reliable video monitoring in areas that video monitoring is available and/or performed.
  • Engage the patient in distracting, goal-oriented behaviors, and tasks.
  • Communicate on regular basis with the nursing staff, as an active team member.
  • Follows the patient care plan to meet patient’s visual, auditory, or language needs, as well as any special considerations regarding diet, allergy, use of bed rails, etc.
  • Monitor’s patient(s) nutrition, recording all caloric intake and output.
  • Proactively utilizes de-escalation techniques to prevent harm.  
  • Immediately reports escalating behaviors to the nurse and security including attempts to leave, or hurt self/others 
  • Accompany a nurse and patient to rest room.
  • Assist nurse with de-escalation as directed.
  • Observe and limit visitors in conjunction with the nurse caring for the patient.
  • Assist with providing relief breaks for other sitters in the unit, as directed.
  • Assist with linen changes and room restocking.
  • Assist the nurse with activities of daily living (ADLs) as long as it does not interfere with the visual observation of the patient.
  • Maintain the privacy and security of all confidential information, documenting complete and accurate information.
  • Escalate clinical alarm alerts to licensed staff.  Behavioral Health Techs may silence, trouble-shoot, or discontinue clinical alarms per providers/nursing orders. Responsible for observing, communicating/interacting with confused, violent, combative or suicidal patients with the intent to prevent injury.
  • Able to maintain calm demeanor and provide care with dignity and respect during stressful encounters.
  • The focused observer is expected to verbally redirect the patient from engaging in at risk behaviors and to alert the nursing staff as patient care needs arise.
  • Accompany patient off unit as needed.
  • Maintains patients right’s, including the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information.



  • Excellent communication and behavioral management skills that promote safety and de-escalation.
  • Knowledge and experience in basic computer skills preferred.
  • Must be able to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature, without loss of efficiency or composure, and be able to perform under stressful conditions when confronted with multiple requests, demonstrating prioritization skills.
  • Must have effective verbal, written communication skills and interpersonal skills.



Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 18 years of age required.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Experience as a nursing assistant/psych tech and/or health care student or comparable work experience in a health care environment preferred.



  • Current and valid Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association is required.
  • Current and valid Nurse Aide registry required unless currently a nursing student.


  • Conflict Management Training (red level zero escalation and de-escalation training)
  • Non-Violent and Violent Restraint Training


Loan Forgiveness?


Additional Keywords

Behavioral Health Technician, Psychiatric Technician, CNA, Sitter