Behavioral Health Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020 
  • Nurse to PT Ratio
    1:4-7, or 1:1 if needed
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    PCTs and/or Mental Health Counselors are assigned to unit. Number on shift can vary.
  • Shifts
    • 8 hour shift; 6:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
    • 10 hour shift; 8:45 p.m. - 7:15 a.m.
    • 12 hour shift; 6:45 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. - 7:15
  • Certifications Available

The Behavioral Health Unit is a short-term 24-hour care inpatient unit located on the first floor of the MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland on the east end by the Plane Tree Cafeteria. The new safety engineered and designed unit was BUILT in 2017. Our unit offers a lively, safe, attractive, and homelike environment where patients and staff work together as a team.

Types of Patient Care

  • Adults (18 and up) with:
    • Bipolar disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Schizoaffective disorders
    • Depression
    • PTSD
    • Dementia
    • Personality disorders
    • Other moderate to severe mental health disorders

Some services that we offer include psychiatric and nursing evaluations, daily psychiatric management, individual sessions with a psychiatrist, one on one counseling, group therapy sessions throughout the day, recreational and activity therapy, physical and occupational therapy (as needed), and medication management.

Our Unit is a short term locked psychiatric unit. We have a team approach to patient care. Our team includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, counselors, patient care technicians, an occupational therapist and social workers (MSW) in a wide variety of roles. We meet each day to discuss the progress and needs of each patient to prevent gaps in care, often setting up aftercare with agencies such a Community Mental Health. Each patient is discharged with a safety plan developed by collaboration between the patient and social work or nursing.

We have unlimited opportunities available for employee engagement. We have employees involved in unit and system practice councils and an educator on the Culture of Safety team. Behavioral Health employees also serve on the sharps, research, informatics, and nursing peer review committees. Our interview committee is composed of employees who represent each shift. Those who meet requirements are able to become certified in psychiatric nursing. Employees are also encouraged to get involved in the areas they are interested in.

Unit orientation varies based on previous skills and experience, generally is 4-6 weeks on average. Each new hire is provided with an orientation packet and attends hospital orientation, as well as unit orientation. Each new hire is paired with an experienced unit mentor to make them feel welcome and connected from day one in their new position. There is also a unit specific orientation manual to guide and assist in the learning of their new position.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “Mental Health is often overlooked in the medical field. But when a patient tells you how much you've helped them or that they appreciate what you've done for them, it makes you feel valued and seen."

  • “I love working on the mental health unit for not only serving the patient population, but for the employee engagement opportunities. The mental health unit practices shared governance giving staff both autonomy and ownership of our practice. We are a cohesive team with a strong voice to advocate for both our patients and teammates.”

  • "Staff supports each other when faced with difficult life situations; this group is like having an extra family. Working in Mental Health can be stressful at times and there is a lot of teamwork when dealing with challenging patients. We entertain each other and laughter always helps. I like how some staff will break out in song to uplift the team."

  •  "I have worked all over the health system and found a home on the mental health unit. I truly enjoy caring for our patients.”

  • “Because we all have struggles or know someone that has struggles with mental health issues. I enjoy working at a unit that works together as a total team approach to get patients better.”

  • “I have been in healthcare for 40 years and have found the mental health unit to be a family type environment to work in. We all work together well and help each other with assignments. We NEVER say ‘it’s not my job’ or ‘that’s not my patient’!”