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 1,137 matching Behavioral Health Nurse jobs.

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PsychiatricFocus Staff
Registered Nurse (RN) - Psychiatric
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004AeWAAA0. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Travel PSYCH RN - Psychiatric Regi ...
$26-46/hr
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
8 hours ago
Location: TOLEDO, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in TOLEDO, OH! This is a full time travel contract position. Re ...
$4,838/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Augusta, Maine
Host Healthcare
3 days ago
Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host provides a worry-free travel experience and always puts your needs first. Our passionate and transparent team members have made H ...
$4,536/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral HealthTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
New York, New York
TotalMed Staffing
12 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #683552. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 45 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Behavioral Health Travel Nurse ...
$4,346/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Chicago, Illinois
Cross Country Nurses
7 hours ago
Cross Country Nurses has more of the travel jobs that you want. If this position isn't right for you... don't worry about it. We have new and exciting assignments coming in every d ...
$4,345/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Rutland, Vermont
Cross Country Nurses
a day 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 ...
$4,240/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: Mount Gretna, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Mount Gretna, PA! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$3,686/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Concord, California
Cross Country Nurses
3 hours 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 ...
$3,035/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Medical Lake, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: MEDICAL LAKE, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in MEDICAL LAKE, WA! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$2,892/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Alma, Michigan
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BzcCAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,858/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricMedmetry
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Anchorage, Alaska
Medmetry
3 hours ago
Medmetry Job ID #7388. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: RN - ...
$2,601/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Boston, Massachusetts
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C56EAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,564/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Springfield, Illinois
Medmetry
3 hours ago
We are looking for Psych Registered Nurses to join our team in Springfield, Illinois! You will be working with children and adolescents from ages 5 - 17. Schedule: Day Shift, 5 x ...
$2,288/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BytsAAC. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,264/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Omaha, Nebraska
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BypBAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,248/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Henderson, North Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: Henderson, NC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Henderson, NC! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$2,188/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Sacramento, California
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4kVAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,178/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricMedmetry
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Louisville, Colorado
Medmetry
3 hours ago
Medmetry is actively hiring Psych RN / Registered Nurses to join an Award Winning hospital located near Boulder, Colorado! Multiple Shifts Available Pay Rate: $39 - $52/ hour ; de ...
$2,073/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Ogdensburg, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: OGDENSBURG, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in OGDENSBURG, NY! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$2,073/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Mishawaka, Indiana
Medmetry
3 hours ago
We are looking for Psychiatric Registered Nurses to join our team near Elkart, Indiana! Schedule: Day Shift, 7 am - 730 pm Requirements: Active and Clear RN License; State of ...
$2,008/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Phoenix, Arizona
Medmetry
3 hours ago
We are looking for Psychiatric Registered Nurses to join our team in Phoenix, Arizona! Schedule: Night Shift, 7 pm - 730 am Requirements: Active and Clear RN License; State of ...
$2,008/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Medical Lake, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: MEDICAL LAKE, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in MEDICAL LAKE, WA! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$1,820/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Louisville, Kentucky
Medmetry
3 hours ago
Medmetry Job ID #5422. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: Psych ...
$1,650/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Richmond, Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Location: Richmond, VA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Richmond, VA! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$1,649/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricMedmetry
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Franklin, Tennessee
Medmetry
3 hours ago
Medmetry Job ID #5451. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: Psych ...
$1,500/wk
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Behavioral Health Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Saturday, November 27th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Behavioral Health Nurse is $2,171, but can pay up to $4,838 per week.

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  • min - $1,165
  • avg - $2,171
  • max - $4,838

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 (28 jobs), Eastern State Hospital (21 jobs), and SSM Health Saint Joseph Health Center - Wentzville (18 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 (338), Coast Medical Service (224), and Ardor Health Solutions (120).

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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Supplemental Health Care
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Burien, Washington
Supplemental Health Care
9 hours ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a Hospital in Burien, WA to provide a Travel Psych Registered Nurse ...
$2,300/wk
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Focus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Mishawaka, Indiana
Focus Staff
a day ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4qDAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,398/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Focus Staff
15 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C2q8AAC. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,976/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Kirkland, Washington
Focus Staff
6 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C2f0AAC. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,215/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Rockville, Maryland
Focus Staff
19 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C2bhAAC. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,683/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Ahoskie, North Carolina
Focus Staff
2 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C1hVAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,703/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Atlanta, Georgia
Focus Staff
11 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C0pkAAC. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,767/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Focus Staff
7 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004Bx4AAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,149/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Louisville, Kentucky
Focus Staff
5 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BwnVAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,976/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Phoenix, Arizona
Focus Staff
6 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004Bwn2AAC. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,777/wk
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