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Details for Psychiatric Aides


Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.


  • Monitor patients in order to detect unusual behavior, and report observations to professional staff.
  • Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing and medical staff.
  • Record and maintain records of patient condition and activity, including vital signs, eating habits, and behavior.
  • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.
  • Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine.
  • Organize, supervise, and encourage patient participation in social, educational, and recreational activities.
  • Perform nursing duties such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens and drawing blood samples.
  • Serve meals, and feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
  • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
  • Interview patients upon admission and record information.
  • Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, and grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
  • Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.
  • Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
  • Accompany patients to and from wards for medical and dental treatments, shopping trips, and religious and recreational events.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Residential Advisors
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