• Psychiatric Aides
  • Health Science
  • Psychiatric aides work under the direction of nursing and medical staff to assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients. They may help with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations.

    What do they typically do

    • Record and maintain patient information such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans
    • Listen and provide emotional support and encouragement to psychiatric patients
    • Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff
    • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury
    • Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion
    • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers
    • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment
    • Complete administrative tasks, such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, or maintaining medical or facility information

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    Education & Training

    • Education

      These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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