Job description

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.

Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Shifts: (5) 8 hour shifts, 11p-7:30a with 4 tracks with set schedules.

Behavioral Health Technician - Duke University Health System

Duke University Health System seeks to hire a Behavioral Health Technician – who will embrace our mission of Transforming Lives Transforming Care.

Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet®organization.
  • Professional advancement opportunities through our Clinical Ladder Program (Nursing Care Assistant, Surgical Tech, Certified Medical Assistant).
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!


The Behavioral Health Technician performs a variety of routine activities to provide physical and psychological care to patients with psychiatric disorders.

What you will do:

  • Observe patients and assesses progress on daily basis; report significant changes in patients' condition and/or behavior to supervising RN
  • Interact with patients on a one to one basis providing recreational or social activities and reinforce patient teaching
  • Assist patients in activities of daily living including making beds, bathing, personal hygiene, feeding and dressing
  • Assist patients with position changes, range of motion exercises, transfers and walking.
  • Provide care and monitoring of patients in seclusion and/or restraint
  • Provide protection and control for patients as required to ensure patient safety in the facility.
  • Participate in restraining combative patients as necessary
  • Ensure compliance with safety and infection control guidelines including universal precautions for self and patients
  • Participate in staff discussions to assess, coordinate and execute patient care
  • Maintain a clean, neat and safe work environment; activities may include but not be limited to tidying room, cleaning equipment, changing bed linens, restocking work areas, keeping rooms and hallways clear of debris
  • Practice proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures: immediately reports any mechanical or electrical equipment malfunctions, unsafe conditions, or employee/patient/visitor injuries to manager
  • Participate in review of activities and processes for work area; assist in implementing changes to effect continual improvement in services provided; comply with regulatory and legal requirements
  • Assist in organizing and conducting recreational activities
  • Interact with patients on a one to one as well as small group basis; assist patients in planning how the treatment plan can be optimally utilized for their benefit
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
  • Meet DUHS credential to perform analysis of blood glucose from finger sticks and report findings to nurse
  • Complete quality control measures for this equipment. Participate in specimen collection according to test requested
  • Is responsible for patient identification, specimen labeling, and collection verification
  • Instruct patients in collection and preservation of urine, sputum and stool samples for analysis
  • Obtain and record vital signs, intake and output amounts or other measures as delegated within 90 days of employment

What you will need:

  • Education: Graduation from high school or GED.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of experience working with groups of patients in an inpatient setting or specialized experience with a predominate diagnosis cluster of the patients served.
  • Listing on the Nurse Aid Registry of North Carolina (if not currently listed Listing on the Nurse Aid Registry of North Carolina, must complete within 1 year of employment)


  • Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor in North Carolina


  • Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in North Carolina


  • Certification as a Behavioral Health Technician by The Academy of
  • Addiction Professionals or American Medical Certification Association

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 3/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time