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Psychiatric Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

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Currently Employed: 448

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.65 - $19.36

Typical Annual Salary: $28,400 - $40,300

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients.
  • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.
  • Administer oral medications or hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships.
  • Take and record measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges.
  • Develop or teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
  • Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
  • Aid patients in performing tasks, such as bathing or keeping beds, clothing, or living areas clean.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Lancets
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers

Technology:
  • Inventory management software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software

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