Job Description

Payroll Title:
HC Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit
Hiring Pay Scale
$28.36 / Hour
Hillcrest Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 12 hour shifts, Sunday - Saturday

#124738 Mental Health Worker - Per Diem

Initial Review Date: Tue 10/3/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.


Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (NBMU) Adult Service is an 18-bed locked inpatient unit for patients age 18 years and older with a variety of psychiatric conditions. Treatment takes place within a multidisciplinary team format. Staff are proficient in providing both psychiatric and medical care.

Under the supervision of the RN, assists in direct patient care. This includes activities of daily living such as feeding, bathing, ambulating, and taking vital signs. Documents accurate information into the EMR flow sheets. Participates in milieu groups and demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic and crisis intervention skills.


  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • One (1) year of experience with inpatient psychiatric patients.

  • Excellent communication skills with patients, staff, and other disciplines in a constructive, professional manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population.


  • California Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
  • CPI or equivalent certification.
  • Experience working in behavioral health setting.
  • Previous experience working with geriatric and dementia patients.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Must be willing to work on NBMU (Neuropsychiatry Behavioral Medicine Unit) and SBH (Senior Behavioral Health) at Hillcrest location.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,216 - $59,216 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.36 - $28.36

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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