Behavioral Health Security Specialist, Adult Behavioral Health (Part-timeNights)

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

The Behavioral Health Security Specialist works under the supervision of Patient Care Manager, and provides services for patients, visitors, and staff at the hospital. At all times the Behavioral Health Safety Specialist must display a professional, helpful, and positive demeanor when dealing with internal and external customers.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.



Monitors the therapeutic environment to ensure the safety for patients, employees and visitors by performing safety/contraband/environmental checks.

  • Demonstrates competence, as a member of the security response team when responding to agitated / violent behavior of an individual requiring verbal de-escalation and / or physical restraint.
  • Monitors patient status by performing continual rounding or patient observations as assigned.

Inventory patient personal belongings and log and secure valuables. Controls access to the Behavioral Health Unit through an admittance process.  Assures visitors are not introducing contraband / weapons to the unit.

Endeavors to develop and to maintain a therapeutic rapport with patients at all times.  Continually observes patients for early signs of distress and agitation to prevent escalation and uses the proper intervention technique. 

Responds to situations requiring crisis intervention both on and off the Behavioral Health Unit including responses with the Control Team. 

Intervenes to help prevent physical harm to patients, staff and visitors.  Also supports Security in these efforts when called to the Unit.    

Stands by during patient hearings and whenever unexpected or unpleasant information is going to be presented to a patient or family member. May call on duty Security staff to support when necessary. 

Assumes responsibility for maintaining a clean and orderly environment.

May help facilitate patient recreational and therapeutic activities under the direction of the professional licensed staff.   

Demonstrates proper chain of command for work related issues.

Organizes work time to respond to established priorities. Uses time effectively and productively during periods of low department activity.

Completes Departmental Orientation Checklist within 90 days of employment and completes all identified competencies for job description on an annual basis.

Attends department staff meetings a minimum of 50% of the time and trainings relevant to position. Participates in activities which promote personal/professional development. Serves on assigned hospital and/or unit-based councils.

Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as the proper release of information. 

Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements. 

Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external). 

Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.

Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.

Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and dress code. 


Demonstrates appropriate telephone skills. Must have basic computer operating skills Other related duties as assigned.


Individual must be able to meet established specific physical requirements of the job; sitting for up to 12 hours per day, 4 hours at a time; standing for up to 12 hours per day, 4 hours at a time; walking up to 12 hours/day, 4 hours at a time.  Frequent handling and firm gripping in moving equipment. Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and walking of objects weighing in excess of 200 pounds with assistance if needed.  Occasional stooping, bending, crouching, and reaching above shoulder level.  Hearing as it relates to normal conversation.  Seeing as it relates to general vision, color vision, and depth perception.


Identified Risks

May be exposed to unpredictable, violent behavior, and/or psychological stress. Assault and battery-risk minimized by self defense training. Punctures and lacerations of the skin Exposure to blood and body fluids Working in patient care areas; employees may have the potential exposure to patient with suspected or proven tuberculosis. Employee must have the ability to wear a particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with current recommendations of the CDC or must provide physician documentation as to the inability to wear particulate respirator.


Protective gloves, gowns, goggles, and facemask. Follow CSDS and OSHA guidelines for exposure to chemical and biological hazards.


Promoting and meeting daily needs of patients and maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.


Supervised by the Clinical Supervisor/Patient Care Manager / RN / or designee.


Strong written and verbal skills are necessary in order to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, community agencies, and patients of various backgrounds.



EDUCATION: High School Graduate/GED required. 


Two years previous experience in situations requiring the ability to manage crisis situations including demanding or aggressive behavior.  Previous security / security related or human service related experience is preferred. 

Basic Life Support training completed within 60 days of hire.

Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training certification to be completed within 60 Days of hire. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Day, middle or night shift with varying hours based on the needs of the department. Shift rotation may be required to meet staffing needs. Full or Part time budgeted positions may require every other weekend and holidays as scheduled.

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address.  Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer.  Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable.  It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application.  Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Part time
Salary Range
$38,000.00 - 56,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Lehighton, PA 18235, US
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