Under the direct supervision of the Nurse Manager, assists the professional staff in the care of psychiatric patients. Facilitates the maintenance of the therapeutic environment in the psychiatric unit.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The following are essential job accountabilities:
1 Provides care to patients in a manner that considers safety, comfort, and the therapeutic environment.
2 Assists the team members in the care and evaluation of patients.
3 Assists patients with activities of daily living.
4 Checks patient’s vital signs.
5 Charts observations on assigned patients’ vital signs in legible, accurate and appropriate format following hospital and unit procedures.
6 May apply physical restraints or assist with placing a patient in seclusion under the direct supervision of the physician or
The following are common expectations:
7 Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span of the assigned patient
population. Assesses and interprets patient age specific data and provides appropriate, age specific treatment. Provides
direct patient care to assigned patient age group(s).
8 Demonstrates a commitment to patient, visitor and staff by: complying with all applicable safety regulations; learning the impact of medical errors and methodology that will lead to reduction of errors; reporting actual and potential errors, as well as hazardous conditions; identifying opportunities to standardize processes and “error proof” systems that will lead to increased safety; and participating in safety education programs and root cause analyses as required.
9 Maintains established policies and procedures, objectives, quality assessment, safety, environmental and infection control
10 Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature,
inservice meetings, and workshops.
11 Provides outstanding service to all customers; fosters teamwork; and practices fiscal responsibility through improvement
The following are nonessential job accountabilities for ADA purposes:
12 Attends meetings as required.
Performs other related duties as identified.
Psychiatric Technician I
Note: Other combinations of formal education, training and experience may be considered.
Minimum Education High School or G.E.D. Prefer Certified Nursing Assistant or some college level social science
Minimum Experience 1 – 3 months
Req Cert/Registration CPR certification
Req Course(s)/Training Must provide clearance per the Child Protective Services Law amended by PA Act 33 of 1985
Physical Demands Frequent prolonged standing/walking
Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients
Working Conditions May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases
Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements
May be exposed to the risk of bloodborne diseases
May be exposed to dangers of assault