A psychiatric technician works at a hospital or nursing home to ensure the safety and care of the patients with emotional problems or mental illnesses. The technician is an assistant to psychiatrists and nurses at a facility. The technician will be delegated tasks and will help to administer treatments to patients via group and individual activities. When activities are carried out, the technician will encourage patients to participate and increase their self-confidence. The technician will also be tasked with monitoring patients, both in person and through CCTV methods. When there are changes in a patient's behavior, the technician should attempt to remedy the situation, but it is also important to know when it is necessary to refer the patient to a nurse or a doctor. The technician will also make sure that patients are eating appropriate meals and taking prescribed medications. The vital signs, height, and weight of the patient need to be recorded periodically. The technician will also be expected to carry out housekeeping duties and keep the area clean. Transporting patients from one department or facility to another can be another part of the job. The technician may have administrative duties such as filing, record keeping, and creating reports.
Generally a high school diploma is required for this job, though some positions require a bachelor’s degree. Certifications in CPR and as a psychiatric technician may be necessary, and many jobs require experience in a related position. There are both part-time and full-time positions available, and hours may vary since many medical institutions operate around the clock.
Psychiatric Technician Tasks
Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
Assist psychiatric patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff.
Dispense medications as directed by physician.
Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.