Travel Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs

Behavioral health nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for patients with psychological and behavioral disorders. The terms behavioral health and mental health are often used interchangeably and the duties, patient populations, and work settings of a behavioral health nurse frequently overlap with those of a mental health or psychiatric nurse. Although it can be a stressful career path, behavioral health nursing can be very rewarding for those wanting to help patients suffering from mental illness and seeking an in-demand specialty with numerous opportunities.

Behavioral health nursing is a top recruited specialty on Vivian with 100s of jobs for behavioral health travel nurses available at leading facilities around the country.

We currently have 1,561 matching Behavioral Health Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Plattsburgh, New York
Cross Country Nurses
a month ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$4,810/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Plattsburgh, New York
Cross Country Nurses
a month ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$4,795/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Glendale, Arizona
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
$4,699/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Wenatchee, Washington
Coast Medical Service
14 hours ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
$4,598/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Wenatchee, Washington
Coast Medical Service
5 days ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
$4,598/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Westbrook, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: WESTBROOK, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in WESTBROOK, ME! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$3,643/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brooklyn, New York
Medmetry
an hour ago
We are looking for Psych Registered Nurses to join our team in the Brooklyn, New York! Requirements: Active and Clear RN License; State of New York Minimum of two years of rec ...
$3,364/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Columbus, Nebraska
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: Columbus, NE Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Columbus, NE! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$3,016/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
San Diego, California
TotalMed Staffing
an hour ago
$2,939/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Columbia, Tennessee
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: Columbia, TN Setting: SNF UNIT Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Columbia, TN! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,835/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Columbia, Tennessee
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: Columbia, TN Setting: SNF UNIT Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Columbia, TN! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,835/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Luling, Louisiana
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Luling, LA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Luling, LA! This is a full time travel contract position. Re ...
$2,268/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Columbia, Tennessee
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: Columbia, TN Setting: SNF UNIT Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Columbia, TN! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$1,927/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Visalia, California
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Visalia, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Visalia, CA! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$1,905/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Surprise, Arizona
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Surprise, AZ Setting: Assisted Living Employment Type: Traveler COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements vary by facility. Ardor Health ad ...
$1,890/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Evanston, Wyoming
Stability Healthcare
an hour ago
$1,649/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Arnot Health St. Josephs Hospital
Elmira, New York
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
3 hours ago
$1,638/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Evanston, Wyoming
Stability Healthcare
an hour ago
$1,627/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Evanston, Wyoming
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: EVANSTON, WY Setting: Assisted Living Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in EVANSTON, WY! This is a full time travel contract po ...
$1,587/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricCoast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Clifton Springs, New York
Coast Medical Service
3 hours ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
$1,549/wk
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Behavioral Health Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Thursday, October 28th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Behavioral Health Nurse is $2,019, but can pay up to $4,810 per week.

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  • avg - $2,019
  • max - $4,810

What hospitals currently have Behavioral Health Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most Behavioral Health Nurse jobs are SSM Health DePaul Hospital- Saint Louis (26 jobs), Eastern State Hospital (22 jobs), and Rochester Psychiatric Center (14 jobs).

What are the best agencies for Behavioral Health Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Behavioral Health Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (351), Coast Medical Service (260), and Accountable Healthcare Staffing (215).

What does a behavioral health nurse do?

Many patients may have multiple diagnoses that involve both behavioral disorders and mental illnesses, and the duties of behavioral health nurses vary based on their patient population and work setting. Behavioral disorders and/or mental health illnesses a behavioral health nurse may encounter include substance use disorders, eating disorders, self-injury, addictive behaviors, anxiety or panic disorders, personality disorders, trauma-related disorders like PTSD, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, phobias, and mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder. Some general duties may include:

  • Completing behavioral assessments

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of acute/chronic mental illness 

  • Participating in the development of treatment plans

  • Evaluating patients’ responses to treatment, interventions, or coping mechanisms

  • Delivering nursing care based on patients’ specific clinical needs

  • Applying pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of care

  • Notifying physicians of changes in condition

  • Continuously monitoring patients and surrounding environments for safety

  • Documenting care provided in patient records

  • Educating patients and their families based on assessed needs

Duties involving behavioral interventions may include:

  • Assessing patients’ appearance, mood, and behaviors

  • Identifying and responding to inappropriate/abnormal behavior

  • Encouraging stress/anxiety reduction and relaxation techniques

  • Assisting patients with self-control of behavior

  • Helping patients to develop/use coping methods and other behavioral strategies

  • Initiating early interventions and aid in preventing negative behaviors or violent outbursts

  • Recognizing behavioral changes and implementing measures to manage symptoms/reduce stressors

  • Maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment

Duties for behavioral health nurses treating patients with substance abuse and other dependencies may include providing care for substance abuse withdrawal, overdose, or adverse drug reactions. They may also determine when there’s a need for medical hospitalization due to acute withdrawal symptoms. Other tasks may include:

  • Assessing patients’ reactions to diagnoses/treatments of substance abuse

  • Assessing patients for alcohol/drug-related dependencies, withdrawal, or toxicities

  • Providing care/support for non-substance dependencies, such as sexual or gambling addictions

  • Evaluating patients’ responses to treatment plans and revising as necessary

  • Encouraging patients to participate in support groups

  • Providing information on substance abuse and treatment plans

Where do behavioral health nurses work?

Behavioral health nurses often work in behavioral health inpatient, outpatient, or community health clinics. They may also work in psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, residential facilities for mentally disabled or developmentally delayed patients, and community-based shelters. Some work as liaisons in emergency rooms, acute care settings, and med-surg units that have patients experiencing behavioral health crises. There are also numerous behavioral health travel nursing opportunities available for short-term and long-term assignments.

What skills make a good behavioral health nurse?

Good behavioral health nurses possess superior assessment skills and a keen ability to recognize body language and other non-verbal cues of behavioral and mental health crises through their advanced knowledge of the behavioral sciences and mental illnesses. Their exceptional critical thinking and clinical judgment skills allow them to react quickly, calmly, and consistently to prevent self-harm or physical injuries to others. They have strong communication, active listening, and other interpersonal skills that allow them to excel at patient interaction within appropriate boundaries, making a profound difference in their patients’ lives. Open-mindedness, empathy, patience, and the ability to be assertive without being aggressive are vital qualities for a good behavioral health nurse.

How to become a Behavioral Health Travel Nurse

The first step towards a career as a behavioral health travel nurse is an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program. To become licensed, every state requires graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Certification in Basic Life Support is required and some positions require Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification and/or crisis prevention training. Most travel positions require one to two-plus years of previous experience and some want applicants to have previous travel experience.

Although certification in a nursing specialty area isn’t required, it’s encouraged. Logical certifications for consideration include Certified Addiction Registered Nurse through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board and/or board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification (PMH-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
Springfield, Illinois
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
20 days ago
$1,599/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
Springfield, Illinois
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
20 days ago
$1,599/wk
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
Springfield, Illinois
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
20 days ago
$1,599/wk
Travel contract
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
Springfield, Illinois
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
20 days ago
$1,599/wk
Travel contract
AccentCare
Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Liberty, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
***$10,000 Sign-On Bonus***$82,000-$90,000 AnnuallyAccentCare is looking for passionate clinicians committed to delivering exceptional care in the home.We are committed to quality ...
$39-45/hr
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Onalaska, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
***$10,000 Sign-On Bonus***$82,000-$90,000 AnnuallyAccentCare is looking for passionate clinicians committed to delivering exceptional care in the home.We are committed to quality ...
$39-45/hr
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Livingston, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
***$10,000 Sign-On Bonus***$82,000-$90,000 AnnuallyAccentCare is looking for passionate clinicians committed to delivering exceptional care in the home.We are committed to quality ...
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Baytown, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Dayton, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
***$10,000 Sign-On Bonus***$82,000-$90,000 AnnuallyAccentCare is looking for passionate clinicians committed to delivering exceptional care in the home.We are committed to quality ...
$39-45/hr
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Home Health Behavioral Health
Texas Home Health
Kingwood, Texas
AccentCare
a month ago
***$10,000 Sign-On Bonus***$82,000-$90,000 AnnuallyAccentCare is looking for passionate clinicians committed to delivering exceptional care in the home.We are committed to quality ...
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