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Behavioral Health Nurse Internship

Behavioral Health Nurse

Our Behavioral Health Internship is an intensive program designed to provide graduate nurses and nurses new to the specialty with a solid educational experience and structured foundation. The internship seminars run in tandem with clinical practice to enhance the learning experience. This program utilizes education through American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA) and seminar discussions with leadership, educators, and members of our Behavioral Health team. St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Behavioral Health team is driven to support the novice nurse as they grow into independent and advanced nurses.

Why Choose Us


  • Program Outcomes
    • Behavioral Health continuing education credits
    • Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) training
    • Leadership and Professional Advancement
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Team building / Networking opportunities
    • Technology Training


Internship FAQs


  • The length of the internship program is competency-based and is tailored to each individual adult learner. The education and leadership team works with each intern to determine a personalized plan.
  • Bridge the gap from preparation to practice
  • Support transitioning from specialty novice to advanced specialty nurse
  • Focus on conflict management, promote leadership, team building, and offer a safe environment for reflections of practice and team discussions
  • Utilizes collaboration with other internships for knowledge growth and network team building
  • Workshops, hands on practice, and shadow experiences available
  • Skill validation throughout internship

Clinical Educators & Leadership


Sherri Dickey headshot

Sherri Dickey, RN, BSN
Behavioral Health Nurse Internship Coordinator
Network Specialty Educator
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Sacred Heart Campus



Resources & Support


  • American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA) www.apna.org
  • MOAB training International (MOAB) www.moabtraining.com/
  • Behavioral Health Preceptors
    • Facilitate clinical assignment to match didactic content
    • Evaluate the performance of the new RN
    • Supports transitions during orientation
  • Eligible for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certification (PMH-BC) after 2,000 independent clinical practice hours

Application Process


  • Complete an application by hitting the Apply Now
  • Search for specific Behavioral Health Unit and Campus
  • The interview process may include a Panel Interview & Shadow Experience
  • If selected, candidates will sign a commitment agreement