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Company: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, TN
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Mental Health Specialist Behavioral Health Career Event

Dates: October 23rd, October 30th, November 13th

Please join us for the Behavioral Health Career Event!

Experienced Mental Health Specialists are invited to join our behavioral health leaders and recruiters at our Psychiatric Mental Health Specialist Career Event below or join our Talent Network to connect with a recruiter today!


October 23rd, October 30th, November 13th


Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
1601 23rd Ave. S.,
Hollender Conference Room,
Nashville, TN 37232

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Experienced Mental Health Specialist can meet with Psychiatric Leaders and Recruiters to discuss current Mental Health Specialist opportunities. RSVP here :

Your Role:

In this role, you will perform the patient care necessary to implement individual treatment plans under the supervision of the registered nurse. You will participate as an active team member in designated therapeutic groups and community meetings. Additionally, you will assist in maintaining the therapeutic environment of the clinical program and participate in continuous improvement and development of assigned clinical program.


This is a 32 hour per week position (full time with benefits on 1st day of employment). You must work three 8-hour shifts during the week and every other weekend on either 1st shift, (7am-3:00pm), 2nd shift (3pm-11pm) and/or 3rdshift (11pm-7 am). Shift differentials apply. Opportunity to pick up additional shifts may be available after orientation is completed. Pay begins at $12.50 for candidates without experience and shift differentials apply for afternoon, midnight and weekend shifts.

This is an entry level position (degree required) within the field of mental health and behavioral health. Please note: this is a hands-on patient care position.

For more information regarding the physical requirements and environmental conditions for this job, please click here.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Previous experience in a behavioral health environment.

Position Shift:

Shift Varies

Department/Unit Summary:

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital is a 106-bed facility. It has four adult units in addition to a Child and Adolescent Unit. The Adult I unit treats patients with thought disorders. These patients are typically chronically and persistently mentally ill. Our Adult II unit treats patients with addictions as well as a co-morbid psychiatric illness, resulting in a population of addicted pregnant women and patients with chronic addiction issues. Adult III is a mood-disorder unit with a small geriatric component. The Child and Adolescent Unit is one unit, but functions as two based on age; children ages 4-12 and adolescents ages 13-18. We treat patients with a variety of diagnoses, ranging from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and autism, oppositional defiance disorder, to depression and first-break psychosis. Adult IV consists of 14 beds reserved for the voluntary treatment of primary psychotic disorders and mood disorders. The goal in Adult IV is a supportive transition plan for outpatient treatment.

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Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Our Nursing Philosophy:

We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

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Graduate of an approved discipline specific program.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • None

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.
  • Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
  • Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

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