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CommonSpirit Health Behavioral Health Nurse - FT Nights in COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


This position is a Team Model comprised of nursing, mental health tech, peer specialist, therapist and recreational therapist.

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Patient Population: Child / Adolescents/ Adults (General/Special Care Unit)/ Geriatricwith primary psychiatric diagnosis or co-occurring substance abuse

Compensation : Base rate + shift differential

Incentives : $10,000 sign on bonus, up to $10,000 education assistance (must have graduated within 5 years)

  • Tuition Reimbursement - $3000 for full time and $1500 for part time

  • CHI Health Psychiatric Fellowship offered for new nursing graduates and nurses new to behavioral health.

  • CHI Health Nurse Residency offered for all new RN graduates

  • Access to Behavioral health service line Resiliency Coordinator

  • Advanced Crisis Prevention Intervention Training with emphasis on verbal de-escalating crisis moments with no-restrictive techniques

  • Grow our own program for Behavioral Nurse Practitioner

Mental Health nursing offers a completely different experience than caring for patients with only physical health-related problems. It’s easy to forget that, in some cases, a patient’s decline in physical health can negatively impact their mental health as well, but that doesn’t mean their treatment is any less complex. Psych nursing offers skilled nurses the opportunity to care for vulnerable patients and themselves through self-reflection, and introspection. In essence, these nurses and patients find strength in each other.

Patients on this unit are dealing with difficult diagnoses. Our ideal nursing candidate will have the proven ability to exercise patience, flexibility, and careful listening when their efforts are often tested. This nurse will strive to calm patients when they become agitated, strengthen patients coping skills, and make it a build a therapeutic, meaningful relationship.

All Registered Nurses answer their call to care for others through education and training, but only a select few have the ability and confidence to test their preparation in a service line where challenges and the rewards run high. Rising to the occasion also opens advancement opportunities within the department.

If you are passionate about mental health and want to have a positive impact on our patient population, connect with CHI Health today!

Core Expectations:

  • Evaluate and treat mental health needs of patients

  • Collaborate with healthcare team members and physicians to develop care plans

  • Support the personal care of psych patient population

  • Educate and support patients, their caregivers, and families

  • Maintains confidentiality and dignity of patients

  • Proven ability to exercise patience and understanding in high stress situations



  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program

  • Active nursing license in the state of Iowa

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • CPI Training (within 6 months of hire)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program

  • Certification in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing (PMHN)

  • Previous nursing experience on behavioral health, mental health or psych units

Skills & Experience: rn, registered nurse, nurse, mental health rn, behavioral health, psychiatric, psych rn, geriatric patients, geri psych, geriatric psych, adult psych, psychosocial, psychotherapy, anxiety, phobias, mood disorders, bipolar, depression, dementia, substance abuse, coping skills, compassion, patience, caring, understanding, treatment, collaboration, planning, pharmacology

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Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

External hires must pass a post offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request . We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CommonSpirit Health participates in E-verify.

Requisition ID 2020-133652

Employment Type Full Time

Department Behavioral Health

Hours Per Pay Period 72

Facility CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs

Shift Night

Standard Hours 6:30p-7a, every third weekend and holiday

Work Schedule 12 Hour