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UnityPoint Health Safety Technician in Waterloo, Iowa

Safety Tech

UnityPoint Health - Allen

Shift: Full-time; M-F; 1500-2300

Benefits Eligible

Sign-On Bonus: $1,500 paid over 6 months

Safety Techs are part of the Safety and Security team dedicated to providing a safe environment for mental and behavioral health patients while allowing team members to provide care. Our team gives you the ability to work in three different areas: the Emergency Department with patients when they first arrive and are the most unstable, the Mental Health Unit while patients are receiving the care needed to address their chief complaints, and the Medical / Surgical / ICU Units working as a rounding Safety Tech to assist patients with mental health / behavioral health concerns. We work as a team to ensure a safe environment for team members, patients, and visitors. Join our team if you enjoy assisting and caring for others in need.

Why UnityPoint Health? 

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members. 

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve. 

  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in. 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. 

  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience. 

  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. 

Visit us at to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. 

  • De-escalate patients that are behaviorally escalated.

  • Provide appropriate interventions, which may include physical interventions, in a violent situation.

  • Facilitates employee workshops, courses, or training about mental health issues (restraint utilization, MOAB, and de-escalation training).

  • Assist departmental leadership in activities associated with Workplace Violence Initiatives which include follow-up investigations, data gathering, BROSET/Columbia scale utilization, and staying current on applicable best practices.

  • Respond to Security Assistance Needed and Behavioral Health Emergencies by screening patients prior to admission.

  • Provide a safe environment to the patients and department that are assigned. This may be within a secure unit, an emergency department, and/or in-patient medical unit. Includes the screening of visitors prior to the entry into behavioral health, patient rooms, and facility for unauthorized and unsafe items that may be harmful to patients, visitors, and team members.

  • Provide personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to patients and their visitors.

  • Develop constructive and cooperative relationships with other staff and departments to help provide the best possible care, which includes interaction with nursing, dietary, therapy, and support services.

  • Evaluate/assess patient’s current condition and mental state frequently, elevating concerns to nursing staff as appropriate for intervention. This includes doing 15/60minute patient rounding.

  • Collaborate with mental health professionals and other staff members to perform clinical assessments or development treatment plans.

  • Meet with families, law enforcement, or other healthcare providers to exchange necessary information during the treatment process.

  • Provide documentation of safety rounds and all other items required by regulatory standards or policies and procedures.

  • Document patient interactions/needs in accordance with policy/procedures regarding utilization of organization’s electronic healthcare software.

  • High school diploma or post-secondary education required

  • Post-secondary education in counseling, therapy, or psychology with 1-3 years working in a related field or situation preferred

  • Good communication skills; good documentation skills; ability to defuse acute situations with behavioral patients

Requisition ID: 2023-129207

Street: 1825 Logan Ave

Name: 2520 UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital

Name: Safety & Security

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: FT; M-F; 1500-2300

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