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Psychiatric Aides
District Of Columbia

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Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

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Currently Employed: 375

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

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

  • Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.
  • Record and maintain patient information, such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans.
  • Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
  • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers.
  • Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, or grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
  • Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing or medical staff.
  • Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
  • Organize, supervise, or encourage patient participation in social, educational, or recreational activities.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Bedpans for general use
  • Enema kits or accessories
  • Specimen collection container
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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