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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 1,104 matching Behavioral Health Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19American Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
Salem, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
3 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: 07/13/2021Available Shifts: 12 D/N, 12 D/E Pay Rate: $3055.50 - 3367.29Exclusive order in t ...
$3,211/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
Salem, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
5 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: 07/13/2021Available Shifts: 12 E/N Pay Rate: $3055.50 - 3367.29Exclusive order in the Psych ...
$3,211/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Salem, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
5 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: 07/13/2021Available Shifts: 8 N Pay Rate: $3055.50 - 3367.29Exclusive order in the Psych un ...
$3,211/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Salem, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
a month ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: 07/13/2021Available Shifts: 8 D/E Pay Rate: $3055.50 - 3367.29Exclusive order in the Psych ...
$3,211/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Burlington, Vermont
TotalMed Staffing
5 days ago
$3,146/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,353/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Concord, New Hampshire
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,304/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,291/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Boulder City, Nevada
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,219/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Boulder City, Nevada
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,219/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Somerville, New Jersey
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,145/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Springfield, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,116/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Springfield, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,116/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Moberly, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,074/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Columbia, Tennessee
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,065/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,062/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$1,960/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Freehold, New Jersey
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$1,956/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral HealthKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Louisville, Kentucky
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$1,849/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Dothan, Alabama
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$1,661/wk
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Behavioral Health Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Behavioral Health Nurse is $1,816, but can pay up to $3,211 per week.

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  • min - $640
  • avg - $1,816
  • max - $3,211

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 (194), American Mobile Healthcare (125), and Host Healthcare (109).

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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How to Make the Most Money as a Travel Nurse

Posted on May 06, 2021
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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Burlington, Vermont
TotalMed Staffing
5 days ago
$3,146/wk
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American Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
Anna, Illinois
American Mobile Healthcare
4 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 12 N, 12 E Pay Rate: $3948.60 - 4351.51As a valued member of this nu ...
$4,150/wk
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American Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
Anna, Illinois
American Mobile Healthcare
4 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Psychiatric - (Psych RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $3948.60 - 4351.51As a valued member of this nursing ...
$4,150/wk
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Modesto, California
Lead Healthstaff
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$2,451/wk
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Orange Park, Florida
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6 days ago
$2,131/wk
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Phoenix, Arizona
Stability Healthcare
a month ago
$1,638/wk
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Anders Group
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Edmonds, Washington
Anders Group
15 days ago
Psych RN - Registered Nurse Edmonds, WA Start Date: 05/10/2021 Shift: 12.00 hr - NOC Shift Apply online or contact us ASAP for more information on this great opportunity! An ...
$1,875/wk
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Edmonds, Washington
Host Healthcare
16 days ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Edmonds, WA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #563830 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
$2,268/wk
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SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Behavioral Health
SSM Health DePaul Hospital
Bridgeton, Missouri
SSM Health
2 months ago
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESCompletes admitting and shift assessments on assigned patients including behaviors; accurately and within time-frame set in policy and procedures.Utilizes c ...
$24-38/hr
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Phoenix, Arizona
Host Healthcare
a month ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Phoenix, AZ. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #560557 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
$1,646/wk
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